Sociology is a broad discipline looking at collective human behaviour in all its forms. We teach theories on human behaviour, test these as rigorous as we can, using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods, and report if the theories hold up, and if not, try to improve them. Where applicable, we formulate policy advice to mitigate social problems.

Sociology is relevant for LAS students at UCU if you are interested in understanding contemporary societies better. Clicking on the Courses and Track planning (with a list of recent thesis topics) will give you an impression of options.

Only a few of the myriad of questions we study:

  • How is society stratified? How much movement is there between the classes?
  • Which regional and temporal variation exists? Why does it exist?
  • What are consequences for life chances and lifestyles?
  • How can it be altered: social arrangements to lessen (effects of) social inequality?
  • Why do more people file for divorce after the holidays?
  • How do social norms emerge, and change?
  • What can teachers learn from ice hockey?
  • Why do Science students live longer than Art students?
  • What determines academic success?

Below are some interesting combinations with courses from other disciplines:

  • Psychology: UCSSCPSY21, Social Psychology; UCSSCPSY27, Cross-cultural Psychology; UCSSCPSY31, The Psychology of Ethnic Relations; UCSSCPSY34, Crime and Context.
  • Geography: UCSSCGEO21, Social and Economic Geography; UCSSCGEO32, Globalization and Regional Development; UCSSCGEO33, The Geography of European Integration.
  • Economics: UCSSCECO22, Microeconomics; UCSSCECO24, International Economics; UCSSCECO31, Economics of the Public Sector.
  • Law: UCSSCLAW21, International Law, UCSSCLAW25, International and European; Institutional Law, UCSSCLAW31; International Human Rights; UCSSCLAW33, European Union Law; UCSSCLAW35: International and Transnational Crimes and Criminal Justice Responses
  • Political Science: UCSSCPOL21, Political Science: State of the Art; UCSSCPOL23, International Relations; UCSSCPOL31, Comparative Political Institutions; UCSSCPOL32, The Politics of Economic Regulation
  • Anthropology: UCSSCANT21 Violence, Trauma and Memory; UCSSCANT22, Gender and Culture; UCSSCANT23, The Materiality of Culture; UCSSCANT31, Anthropology of Power. 
  • Humanities Department: courses in the Philosophy and History tracks are interesting complements to the SSCSOC courses. 

You are free to choose from the SOC courses, but maybe it helps think of a possible thesis topic first, so the courses you choose (also outside of SOC) help you to prepare. Please talk fellow, student-representative or tutor if in doubt. To give you an idea of the broad range of sociology thesis, here are some recent thesis’ titles:

  • Increasing Ethiopian Migration into Yemen in Recent Years
  • What is the Image of the Conventional Perpetrator and Victim of Violent Crimes in the Netherlands as Portrayed through Opsporing Verzocht?
  • Green and Orange Voting in Northern Ireland: Explaining Sectarian Voting Patterns
  • Entering the Labour Market: The Impact of Stella Women’s Center for Migrant & Minority Women - A Qualitative Study
  • How Online Neighborhood Watch Programs Influence Neighborhoods’ Social Cohesion, Social Control, and Perceived Safety
  • Police Brutality against the Roma in Slovakia
  • Democracy and Protest in the Post-Socialist Rump States
  • The Value of Aruban Mangroves Within Culture and Society
  • Far Right Wing Electoral Support in Almelo and Enschede

The University College Utrecht Sociology track gives access to many Master’s programmes across the globe, including the following acclaimed programs at Utrecht University:

Sociology UCSSCSOC Fall Spring Summer Prerequisite
11 Introduction to Sociology 2 1    
21 Human Trafficking 0 0 1 Any level 1 SSC course
28 Social Inequality 1 0   UCSSCSOC11
29 Criminology: The Nature and Origins of Crime 0 1   SOC11 or PSY11
35 Organizing Solidarity: Past, Present and Future 0 1   At least 1 of Modern History (UCHUM14) or Intro to Sociology (UCSSCSOC11), also required a 200 level SSC science course
36 Sociology of Migration and Integration 1 0   SOC25/28 or PSY 21/27 plus MET22/23