The role of socio-cultural factors on transformation processes in society
When choosing the Master of Social Science in Cultural Sociology with a profile in Social Transformation Processes you obtain a thorough theoretical and empirical insight into how societal development and social transformation processes are influenced by various socio-cultural factors.
The focus of this profile is on classical themes within the cultural sociology fields of research. During the master programme you will explore how social transformation processes are shaped by elements of society such as the perception of the body, health, gender issues, family relations, nature understanding, identity building time and space, cultures and countercultures.
You should choose this master programme if you have an interest in the relations between society and people and in the cultural encounters that emerge every time people meet across age, professions, nationality, gender, health and religion.
The Master of Social Sciences in Cultural Sociology builds on the bachelor programme in Sociology and Cultural Analysis offered at the University of Southern Denmark in Esbjerg. Access to the master programme in Cultural Sociology is granted to those who hold a bachelor degree in one of the Social Sciences or Human Sciences.
Bridge gaps between sectors, organizations and people
With a MSc. Cultural Sociology in Social Transformation Processes you become an attractive asset for national and international organizations that work with social projects related to e.g. health promotion, poverty reduction measures, integration and intersectorial cooperation. You can make a difference by undertaking qualified analyses which help identifying the need for change as well as the tools to implement and ensure organizational, local and regional development.
The master programme gives you competencies in identifying the socio-cultural factors that are to be considered when planning, managing and evaluating a particular project or initiative.
The profile MSc Cultural Sociology in Social Transformation ProcessesA MSc in Cultural Sociology provides you with analytical, process-related competencies that support a career in companies, organizations and associations that have to cope with change related to the development of new structures or improvement of relations between the society and its citizens, institutions and interest groups.
Both in the public and private sector there is a growing need for employees who can work directly with transformation processes on a micro-level. With the Master of Social Sciences in Cultural Sociology you are able to work innovatively and focused with social changes and you have the necessary understanding for management and social engagement.
* Local and regional authorities and public administration agencies
* Governmental departments
* Political organizations
* Cultural institutions
* Labor market and trade organizations
* Consultancies engaged with social or user-oriented innovation
* Research Institutes
* University careers e.g. PhD scholarships
The master programme in MSc Cultural Sociology in Social Transformation Processes consists of 120 ECTS, corresponding to two years full-study.
The programme is structured around a main profile in Cultural Sociology wherein you specialize within Social Transformation Processes or Law, Power and Social Justice. The programme is offered in English only.
All courses at MSc Cultural Sociology include activating lessons which means a combination of lectures with individual as well as group-based exercises, project work and presentations. There will be approximately 12 weeks of lectures with 12 hours of teaching every week.
Studying at the University of Southern Denmark
As a student enrolled in the Master of Social Sciences in Cultural Sociology you will experience a dynamic and strong research environment where the sociological study of culture is deeply rooted and has strong departments to support it. Furthermore, you become part of an active and social student environment that mixes Danish and international students. The campus is located in Esbjerg, a city which is not only affordable, but also offers a range of activities and opportunities for students.
On the campus, there is a lot done to ensure that you as a student feel comfortable. Cultural Sociology is a master programme where students come with many different bachelor backgrounds. As only few students know each other, we seek to establish a great study environment by offering nice introduction days at the campus and by setting up study groups.
The master programme in Cultural Sociology consists of 120 ECTS, corresponding to two years full-study. The programme builds on the knowledge, skills and competencies achieved during the bachelor programme in Sociology and Cultural Analysis
The programme is offered in English.
The programme entails a range of thematic areas based on different sociological approaches to the description, understanding and interpretation of the various structures, systems, cultures and groups of society. The aim is to provide students with a holistic understanding of the development of the modern state.
The thematic areas frame the lessons at each semester in terms of an integrated package of theoretical courses, methodological courses and exams including The Cultural Sociology Project, all which encourage the interdisciplinary approach that characterizes the MSc Cultural Sociology programme.
First semester focuses on socio-cultural prespectives on body and gender issues, including modern family relations, health perceptions, the place of gender in different societal contexts as well as the idealized body and its consequences.
Second semester includes a space, time and identity perspective focusing on mobility, negotiations of identity, urban space, nature, rural-urban relations and physical changes as a mean for social processes.
Third semester investigates the role of cultures and countercultures in social transformation processes, including learning and innovation; societal and organizational development; diffusion of norms; as well as social exclusion and harassment.
During the fourth semester, the thesis will be written which has to be about a cultural sociological issue linked to social transformation processes.
International students have the following scholarships options:
Please also check the information at the two official Danish educational websites:
Please notice that we unfortunately do not offer scholarships for undergraduate students.
Options for full-degree graduate students:
Danish Government Scholarship Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher EducationThe Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education has launched a scholarship programme for students from non-EU/EEA countries studying a full degree at graduate level. Scholarships and tuition fee waivers are available for highly talented students who have been admitted to a range of programmes.
The Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education has launched a scholarship programme for students from non-EU/EEA countries studying a full degree at graduate level. Scholarships and tuition fee waivers are available for highly talented students who have been admitted to a range of programmes.
The board of the University of Southern Denmark decides from year to year which study programmes will benefit from the scholarships and the University will recommend the most qualified applicants in these programmes for a scholarship. Therefore it is not possible to apply for this scholarship. If you are a non-EU student and applying for a programme which offers this scholarship you will automatically be considered for it.
Only available for students applying for a master programme at our Sønderborg Campus
Six one-year scholarships are issued pr. year: three for studies within the technical field i.e. Mechatronics and Innovation & Business respectively, and three are for studies within the field of business administration i.e. Business Relationship Management.
A scholarship of DKK 40.000 may be granted if and when the requirements are met. It is paid in two instalments of DKK 20.000 per semester. The scholarship grant depends on acceptance and enrolment as a full-time student in one of the above mentioned programmes.
For more information please visit BHJ Foundation Page
20 scholarships for MSc in Engineering
Options for Exchange and Guest Students:
Danish Government Scholarship for Foreign Nationals (the Cultural Agreements) Danish Government Scholarships for Foreign Nationals
The scholarship helps cover living expenses.
Iki Wakabayashi Foundation (A scholarship which can be applied by all SDU students who are leaving for a period of exchange or internship in Japan - or similar for a Japanese student being enrolled at SDU)