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Introduction to the programme

About the Programme

The master’s programme in Cultural Sociology will give you a command of sociological theory and methods, as well as the opportunity to specialize in an area of research of your own specific interest. Throughout the programme you will gain a deep insight into transformation processes at different societal levels (state, community, cultural identities, popular culture, etc.).

The master’s programme covers a variety of theories, themes and methods. For instance, you will get a thorough introduction to both statistical tools and to a variety of advanced qualitative methods for collecting and analyzing empirical data. Furthermore, the programme introduces the students to recent developments within sociological theory. Last, but not least, the programme includes various thematic courses. Some are of a “hands-on” character, such as courses in project management and advanced evaluation methods.

Other courses focus on themes such as: Contemporary subcultures, countercultures and social movements; the role of cultural values in economic practices; networks and social capital; processes of social identity formation as they unfold in both small tightly knit groups, in larger multi-ethnic communities and through online-sociality; changing perceptions of the body, new gender roles and family patterns; new health cultures; the role of emotions and the senses in social life; rural life conditions and rural-urban relations; globalization,  migration and racism; democracy, state-citizen relations and civil society.


Part of the master’s programme is dedicated to the experience of being an intern. Hence, students will have the opportunity to do an internship in a public organization, a private enterprise, or an NGO in Denmark or elsewhere in the world.

Entry requirements

You are qualified for, but not guaranteed admission, to the master’s programme in Cultural Sociology if you hold a relevant bachelor’s degree.

The master’s programme in Cultural Sociology builds on the bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Cultural Analysis (Sociologi og Kulturanalyse) offered at the University of Southern Denmark in Esbjerg. Read more about the bachelor programme.

Students with bachelor’s degrees in other social science or human science fields and students with a professional bachelor are also eligible for the master’s programme. Read more about entry requirements.

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Last Updated 08.01.2021