Applied Sociology

Area of Studies: Social Sciences
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Mode of Studies: Full-time studies
Length of Programme: 2 academic years (120 ECTS)
Name of Qualification: Master of Sociology

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Unique Features

The aim of the Master Study Programme in Applied Sociology is to provide its graduates with complex theoretical and research competencies that would allow them to react and to adapt to the needs of the rapidly changing societies and successfully continue with an academic or vocational career. The Programme is designed in line with major social developments taking place in contemporary societies. Majority of the Programme teachers are active scholars involved in various local and international research projects and expert activities. The teachers’ research fields correspond to the subjects they teach. This creates the framework of opportunities for the students to join the research activities in the particular sphere, and acquire the research and presentational skills.

Access Requirements

The prospective students are expected to hold a Bachelor degree or its equivalent.

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  • Contact person                                                                                                              Jurga Bučaitė Vilkė
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Competencies Acquired

  • Competence to apply sociological theoretical models for the analysis of peculiarities of the functioning and development of society;
  • Competence to identify social problems within various social institutions – economics, politics, family, law, education, religion, medicine (i.e. macro level) and at the level of individual relations (i.e. micro level);
  • Competence to analyse social problems from the perspective of local and global processes;
  • Competence to prepare and implement research projects on social problems;
  • Competence to conduct empirical research by applying quantitative and qualitative methods of social research;
  • Competence to process research data with the data analysis software;
  • Competence to analyse and interpret the data of sociological research and prepare research reports;
  • Competence to define solutions for social problems and possibilities to implement these solutions;
  • Competence to consult governmental, non-governmental and private organizations about the development of human resources, organizational culture, communication and interest coordination between various minority groups and to evaluate the intellectual and social resources of these organisations;
  • Competence to clearly and non-ambiguously provide logical and knowledgeable conclusions for the audiences of specialists and non-specialists.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Applied Sociology programme will be able to work:

  • in social research centres, public opinion and market research institutions, and public administration;
  • organisational work in private and public institutions and non-governmental organizations;
  • in science and education institutions;
  • in advertising and public relations agencies;
  • in various spheres of media;
  • in cultural institutions;
  • in international organizations and foundations for development, public health, tourism and recreation, and humanitarian aid;

Graduates of Applied Sociology may continue studies in PhD studies in sociology.

Application Procedure

Detailed information on required documents, legalization of documents, application deadlines, tuition fees etc. is provided in the section “Addmission to MA”.

Curriculum

Subject title ECTS Credits
I Year  
I semester
Methodology of Social Sciences 6
Trends in Contemporary Social Theories 6
Medical Sociology and Anthropology 6
Contemporary Sociology of Religion 6
Families and Social Welfare 6
II semester
Issues in Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology 6
Modern Political Sociology 6
Special Course No. 1 6
Applied Social and Market Research 6
Research Project No.1 6
II Year
I semester
Problems of Sociological Qualitative Research 6
Research Trends in Sociology of Culture 6
Sociology and Anthropology of Gender 6
Research Project Nr.2 6
In service training 6
II semester
Final paper 30

Total:

120