The Programme aims to provide students with the basis for making sense of globalisation and transnational connections in the contemporary world. National policies and cultures are increasingly and obviously related to events and forces outside national borders. Policies, cultural trends and organisations are now intimately and broadly inter-connected across the world. A critical understanding of these patterns and connections is the primary goal of the Master’s Programme. Covering a range of theoretical training, and focusing on recent neo-institutionalist approaches, the Programme will afford students a toolkit to analyse social, political and cultural forces shaping our global world. Students will learn perspectives on understanding the contemporary world, will appreciate how national policies are made, will unpack the transnational connectivity in contemporary media, and will see into the transnational relations of civil society, culture and modern religion. The degree will also offer students a cosmopolitan perspective and multi-cultural appreciation crucial for a wide span of careers today.
Programme studies will build a broad appreciation of current literature applicable in a range of social and policy settings, as well as in-depth knowledge of a chosen area of research. In addition, students will receive world-class and broad-based training on qualitative research methods. Graduating students will be comfortable with a broad spectrum of qualitative research methods, and will be confidently able to design, conduct and report scientifically on social research.
While these skills will be valuable to students in many careers, including further academic training, they will also be actively put to use in the Programme. The studies will be research-intensive, and in addition to lectures by core and visiting faculty, students will participate actively in research seminars in all programme-specific courses. These courses will involve real-world, cutting-edge research examples, drawn from on-going research by active scholars in the School. Students will engage with the latest research in a number of important social arenas. Emphasis will be placed on the Master’s thesis, developing a student’s exceptional competence and contribution in a relevant area of choice. Throughout the course, students will be closely involved with the international Tampere research group on Cultural and Political Sociology, while also engaging with scholars across the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.