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Global and Transnational Sociology, Social Science Research

Tampere University
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Tampere
English
August 2022
Application deadline: 12 January 2022
Information sessions
10/26/2021
Information sessions
10/27/2021
Information sessions
10/28/2021
Information sessions
11/3/2021
Information sessions
11/4/2021
Tampere University

Program description

Global and Transnational Sociology, Social Science Research

The program provides students with the basis for making sense of globalisation and transnational connections in the contemporary world. National policies and cultures are increasingly related to events and forces outside national borders.

Political processes, cultural trends and organisations are inter-connected across the world. A critical understanding of these patterns and connections is the primary goal of the program. With a special emphasis on sociological neo-institutionalism, the GTS program offers the students a toolkit to analyse the social, political and cultural forces shaping our global world. The degree also develops the students’ cosmopolitan perspective crucial for a wide span of careers today.

The studies are research-intensive. The program integrates with world-class research being conducted at the Tampere Research Group on Cultural and Political Sociology, and with other postgraduate degrees in the Faculty’s cutting-edge Framework program on Global Society. The GTS program provides our graduates a unique insight into the construction of major global trends, preparing them for incisive interventions in today’s globally connected world.

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Admission requirements

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a master’s programme at Tampere University, you must have:

  1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • an applicable bachelor’s degree at a university or a university of applied sciences in Finland
    • a bachelor's degree completed in a university outside Finland which provides eligibility for equivalent University master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
      • with a minimum scope of 180 ECTS credits, three to four years of full-time study
      • from a relevant field for the master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
      • from a recognised institution of higher education
  2. A good command of the English language for academic purposes.

Program-specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the specialisation of Global and Transnational Sociology in the Master's Programme in Social Science Research, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, political science, cultural studies, or in a related discipline appropriate for the content of the programme.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Global and Transnational Sociology aims to provide students with the basis to critically analyse globalisation and transnational connections in the contemporary world. Covering a range of theoretical training, and focusing on recent neo-institutionalist approaches, GTS offers students a toolkit to analyse the social, political and cultural forces that are shaping our global world. The work of Tampere Research Group for Cultural and Political Sociology (TCuPS) offers an insight to the implication of these theoretical approaches.

Students will learn perspectives of 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 studies will also offer students the cosmopolitan and multi-cultural perspective that is crucial for many careers.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 € per academic year.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.

Qualification

Degree earned

Master of Social Sciences

Extent of studies

120 ECTS

Study objectives

Upon completing the specialisation of Global and Transnational Sociology in the Master’s Programme in Social Science Research, students will be able to:

  • comprehend what globalisation is from multiple disciplinary perspectives
  • understand a range of theoretical approaches to understand global and transnational processes
  • confidently analyse global social change
  • investigate transnational elements of local policies and cultural trends
  • discuss relevant current literature, approach new scholarship, and critically present in public
  • design, conduct and report academic research of the highest quality independently and in teams
  • recognise, value and work with cultural diversity
  • apply this knowledge in working life.

Career opportunities

Global and Transnational Sociology is especially suited for students aiming at careers in social research, policy analysis and consultation, cultural analysis, media, international organisations, and international development. The primary aim of Global and Transnational Sociology is to attract high-quality students into an academic career in global and transnational studies. Therefore, the students will be closely integrated into on-going research and teaching in the field: for instance, the seminar sessions of Tampere Research Group for Cultural and Political Sociology (TCuPS) can be attended by chosen students.

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Tampere University

Tampere University is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Almost all internationally recognised fields of study are represented at our university. Tampere University is a merger of the former University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. University...


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33100 Tampere
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