Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: English

Benefits of the programme

  • The programme ‘International Sociology’ is taught in English. It targets students interested in processes and changes taking place in modern Western and Eastern societies.
  • The area of specialisation ‘Global Sociology: Comparative Prospects’ is the outcome of creative collaboration of SPbU sociologists with European and South Korean universities and academic foundations. The programme aims to train well-rounded specialists with a set of skills allowing them to perform comparative sociological analysis of modern social, political, economic and ethno-cultural processes and phenomena typical for Western and Eastern societies in view of globalisation.
  • Students who have chosen ‘Global Sociology: Comparative Prospects’ as an area of specialisation have an opportunity to participate in joint scientific events held by the SPbU Faculty of Sociology and the Institute of Russian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Republic of Korea).
  • The area of specialisation ‘European Societies’ is the outcome of collaboration between SPbU and Bielefeld University (Germany) with the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the SPbU Centre for German and European Studies. This interdisciplinary programme targets student with keen interest in modern development trends of European countries, including the Europeanisation of politics, transformation of European market system, changes in social patterns, and European cultural differentiation.
  • A number of courses of the programme ‘European Societies’ are taught by leading international experts from top-ranking universities and research centres of Germany and other European countries. Master students join summer and winter schools organised by German sociological institutions. They have research practice in major European research centres and international organisations. Master students can spend a semester studying abroad at one of the European universities. Upon the completion of the сourse of study and master thesis defence graduates of the programme European Societies, along with the SPbU diploma, are granted the certificate from Bielefeld University (Germany).
  • The level of knowledge obtained by graduates complies with international requirements to master degrees in sociology.
  • Programme graduates are well-placed to enter postgraduate study in top Russian or foreign universities.

Main courses

  • European Modes of Production and Consumption
  • Cultural and Social Aspects of Globalisation
  • Regionalisation and Multi-Level Governance in Europe
  • The main principles of the European democracies: national, supranational and global levels
  • Global Networks in Modern World
  • Cross-Cultural Communication under Globalisation
  • Cultural Diversity, Public Communication and Policy of Multiculturalism in Modern Europe
  • Information Technologies and Methods in Sociology
  • History of Sociology: Classical Foundations of Modern Sociology
  • Methods and Methodology of Sociological Research

Key skills

  • Practical skills in conducting academic research in multidisciplinary fields
  • Analysing new theoretical and applied results in the chosen subject area
  • Providing organizational, communicative and consulting information

 Expert examination and preparation of expert reports:  

  • Development and feasibility evaluation of social indicators
  • Preparation of analytical reports summaries, recommendations, and publications
  • Coordination and management of projects in the field of international cooperation
  • Development of effective internal and external communication systems for solving organizational problems
  • Development and implementation of innovative methods and techniques for the development of economic, political, social and cultural areas of different societies

Career opportunities

  • Russian and international commercial and non-commercial companies and organizations
  • International monitoring and analytical institutes, conducting research in industrial, production, political, sociological fields, etc.
  • Universities, institutes and other educational organizations
  • Public administration and governmental structures
  • Marketing, PR and recruitment organizations
  • Mass media policy
  • Nongovernmental organizations

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