Minor in Sociology

Understanding social problems better and coming up with solutions

Sociologists are interested in contemporary social themes such as criminality, the integration of immigrants, religion and culture, families and social inequality, norms and conflicts. Rather like all the topics you read about in newspapers or news websites or hear about on the TV news. In the Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems minor, you study these social issues and learn to come up with policy solutions. How do social problems arise, and what can be done about them?

This minor consists of two mandatory courses. First, there is the Criminal Behaviour course, which provides a firm theoretical basis. Policy - policy research, formulating and testing solutions for social problems – is also a key element of this minor. You learn about it in the Policy and Evaluation Research course.

There is considerable freedom of choice in this minor. You can choose to explore a specific theme in depth (like social networks). Or you could choose to develop your research skills further. For example, the Policy and Evaluation Research and Measurement and modelling with social data courses are eminently suitable for that. With this minor, you become familiar with examining social problems and coming up with solutions, and you can develop further in the field of your choice as a sociologist or policy sociologist!

In other words, if you are interested in social themes and want to learn how to research, understand and solve them, then the Sociology: Contemporary Problems minor is for you! This minor is suitable for students aspiring to a career in practical research or policy practice after their Bachelor's programme.

This minor is a good preparation for students who want to apply for the one year Master's programme Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems.

This Master’s programme combines learning scientific knowledge about sociological problems and policy with gaining experience in the job market. In the second semester of this Master's programme, you undertake an internship. With this strong focus on the job market, some of the students taking this Master's programme find a job before they have officially graduated.

This minor is designed to make it easy for students to incorporate it in their personal study programme. You can choose to take the minor in one semester, or spread out the courses from the Sociology: Contemporary Problems minor over one or more years.

The overall minor programme totals 37.5 ECTS. There are four courses of 7.5 ECTS  you have to complete. Two mandatory courses and you can make a choice of two courses out of the five other courses offered within this minor programme.

You can also choose to register for these courses separately without following the minor.

Courses are held in complementary timeslots to ensure that students can enrol in the required courses each semester.

Mandatory courses

Code Course Period Timeslot Level
200700018 Criminal Behaviour during the Lifecourse 1 D 3
201600411 Policy and Evaluation Research 2 B 3

Choice of two courses

PLEASE NOTE: Make sure your courses are not scheduled in the same timeslot.

Code Course Period Timeslot Level
200300009 Advanced Sociological Theory: Modelling Social Interaction 1 B 2
200300125 Theory construction and statistical modelling 1 C 3
201700126 (early exit
students only) or 200500126
Conducting a Survey 2 C 3
200300014 Social Networks in Theory and Empirical Research 3 A 3
201400012 Sociology of Organisations 3 C 3
200300004 Familiesociologie: trends, theorie en kwantitatief onderzoek 4 D 3
  • English language proficiency.
  • Basic knowledge of the social and behavioural sciences. In particular, it can be useful to have some knowledge of social and behavioural sciences in relation to social processes.

Assumed knowledge

One basic course in statistics, basic skills of SPSS or another statistical software package.

Utrecht University students can register for this minor via OSIRIS. On OSIRIS there is the tab ‘Register for minors’ under 'Registration'. Registering for a minor does not automatically mean that you are also registered for the courses associated with the minor. You must register for the courses individually. Therefore, take the registration deadline into account. It is published on the site of your programme under ‘Registration and deregistration'.

Students from other Universities can enrol for the courses through our application form at OSIRIS Online Application (visit our subsidiary courses page for more information). Use the same application form to apply for the minor. After your form is processed, the Student Information Point will enrol you for the minor.

Exchange students from partner universities can register for the minor through the International Office. The International Office will check your eligibility for the individual courses and the minor and, if applicable, enrol you for both. If you have any questions about the enrolment, please contact the International Office (io.sbs@uu.nl).

You will find the course descriptions in the OSIRIS Course Catalogue.

Would you like to know more?
For more information, please contact the Sociology Educational Support Team, tel. +31 (0)30 253 2101 and email: sociologie.fss@uu.nl.