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Sociology: Urban Sociology

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Urban Sociology provides you with the analytical tools to understand how conditions in urban environments affect the feelings, ideas, relations, and opportunities of their inhabitants.

For the first time in history, the majority of humanity lives in cities. The world has become urban. However, what does it mean in terms of individual and group opportunities, life-course development, inter-group contact and collaboration, and ecological impact? What new ideas, trends and movements contemporary cities give rise to? How does the urban 'explosion' change other arrangements we call 'nation-states' and 'world-regions'? Urban Sociology at UvA provides you with the research skills and analytical tools to answer these questions.
Urban Sociology begins with the premise that cities possess unique attributes –numbers, density, diversity, mobility. There are spaces of comforting anonymity, but also destabilizing strangeness. Their public spaces offer a fascinating 'people watching' and convivality, but they also are laden with conflict and turf wars. Urban Sociology at UvA has been at the forefront of understanding these contradictory, 'messy' dynamics of the urban public life.
Another strong focus of Urban Sociology is urban culture understood as both, life styles and cultural institutions. Meeting grounds of subcultures, migration flows from different countries and contine


2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

Second semester
In the second semester, students start with another elective and a thesis seminar in which they will write their research proposal. The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis.

The Master's in Sociology culminates in the writing of a thesis, which is the final test of your academic skills. Your thesis should show your ability to carry out independent and creative research, written up in a format which adheres to academic conventions. This makes your thesis the most important and most challenging, but also the hardest part of your Master's programme. The Master's thesis is supervised in thematic thesis groups, which start in the beginning of the second semester. They usually consist of 5 to 10 students. Each track has its own thematic thesis groups.


All applicants are required to submit additional documents such as: proof of identity, CV, research questions and written work.

instruction modes

Seminars, lectures, audiovisual presentations, essays.

job perspective

An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers.

Specific career examples from alumni of the Urban Sociology programme are:
* Program officer at Kaghan Memorial Trust
* Communications Associate at Dialogue Advisory Group
* Deputy Programme Manager at European Metropolitan Network Institute
* Policy advisor in Dutch parliament for labour party
* Assistant Professor at University of Groningen

The programme gives students a

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60