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Comparative European Societies

University of Aberdeen
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Program description

The MSc Comparative European Societies considers how European society has been shaped and changed by migration, social policy, citizenship, work and family.

Increased integration of Europe and its rise as a world power has meant that it has become increasingly important to understand European societies. With this degree programme you consider ways in which European societies have been shaped and changed by various factors, such as migration, social policy, ethical relations, citizenship, work and family.

You will critically assess key theories and concepts in looking at Europe, such as ideas of modernisation, social cohesion, identity and whether or not Europe can be studied as a series of types of societies or as one society. You are encouraged to think about relevant contemporary issues such as population decline and xenophobia. You will look at some of the main social divisions and social relationships in Europe using a range of contemporary sources.

You will provide an overview of European developments through the study of key concepts and issues. You will gain an up-to-date knowledge of these developments, the tools and concepts for analysing and the new frontiers of knowledge in these developments. The course is based upon research projects and consultancies for the European Commission and other funding bodies carried out by the teaching team and is linked to the research centre “The New Europe Centre” Aberdeen.

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University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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