Sociology of Policy in Practice (MSc)
Graduates of the master's specialisation in Sociology of Policy in Practice are proficient in analysing and reporting global vulnerabilities and local forms of resilience.
Skills after graduation
Graduates of this master's specialisation are independent, critical thinkers with a problem solving, creative mind set and the ability to express themselves very well. Their ability to apply mixed methods, combined with a comparative and holistic approach is a set of skills that are highly valuable in a fast changing globalising world. Your thorough knowledge of societies, people’s drives and motivations in everyday life reality within and outside an organisation makes you suitable for a lot of positions.
Cultural anthropologists and development sociologists are well-known for their curiosity for ‘the other’, for the unknown. They are specifically skilled in observing and analyzing social situations from different angles; approaching global as well as local issues open minded, yet having the ability to come up with creative solutions based on academic foundations. Their analytical qualifications and social science skills are wanted in all sectors: business, non-profit and governmental.
Positions our alumni hold
In some sectors, our graduates are represented more than in others, like the media industry, development organisations, the government, education, municipalities, art and culture industry, and scientific institutes.
- Researcher for projects commissioned by ministries, municipalities or professional councils;
- Development projects abroad, such as the Junior Professional Officers Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the United Nations;
- Staff member in non-profit organisations such as NOVIB, SNV and Greenpeace;
- Museums: as education officers or as curator involved in collecting, examining and exhibits that relate to culture and society;
- Communications officer, either in the non-profit or commercial sector;
- Municipalities: as advisor dealing with the implementation of policies regarding the multi-cultural society;
- Universities: teaching and conducting research;
- Secondary education: as a teacher in social science or civics (which requires the completion of an additional post-Master programme in Education.
Go to the LU Career Zone for more information on positons and organisations where alumni of Sociology of Policy in Practice work.