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Learning outcomes

Aim of the programme
The overall aim of the master programme is to specialize the students’ theoretical and methodological competencies within the cultural sociological field of research in order to support a career as project manager and facilitator of transformation processes; as relation manager and bridge-builder in (inter-organizational) partnerships. The graduate has a deep insight into social transformation processes as well as analytical and process-related skills. This enables the graduate to manage changes at a micro-level – both formally and informally – in complex and knowledge-based organization within a social context.

Specific competencies
The Master of Social Sciences in Cultural Sociology provide students with

  • advanced knowledge about classical and contemporary theoretical approaches to the understanding and analysis of individuals, groups and processes as tools for social change including how scientific research can influence the process of change
  • insight into the structuring and management of cultural encounters, forms of cooperation, scientific research and innovation processes in network societies in order to support learning, cultural integration and exchange, social development and change
  • skills in undertaking complex analyses of individuals and their social behavior and sense of belonging with society with specific focus on identifying needs, requests and expectations towards services and welfare
  • skills of project- and process management as well as insight into evaluation practice related to analysis and innovation processes in complex, knowledge-based organizations
  • competencies in participating and engaging socio-cultural analysis, communication and mediation as a way to develop and support transformation processes through cultural sociological knowledge and based on the professional skills of the consultant in preparing project designs
  • competencies in relation management with specific focus on handling formal and informal leadership in social innovation projects by translating the social and cultural knowledge about individuals, relations, communities and partnerships based on analytical, communicative and process-related skills

Practice-oriented skills
The distinctive feature of this master programme is that it provides graduates with specific scientific and practical competencies which can actually make a difference when social transformation processes have to be conceptualized and implemented.

The graduate can independently initiate and implement analyses which undercover needs for development and change and the consequences for involved actors and groups. The graduate is furthermore able to identify the tools needed for ensuring local, regional or organizational development and integration.

The practical competencies are ensured by having students to work with concrete projects and by giving the opportunity for a practice-oriented course of study combined with the Cultural Socioogy Project at the 2nd semester and an internship at 3rd semester. The open-mindedness and understanding for diversity in society are further strengthened as the master programme is offered in an international environment.

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