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.