Study programme

Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts

This research master teaches you how social scientific research creates knowledge, and how you may design and carry out your own empirical research. You will explore the main lines of theoretical inquiry and contribute to the academic debate. 

The programme prepares you for a PhD position in sociology, arts and culture studies, media and communication, and related fields, but is also a perfect stepping stone to a career in applied research, policy, or consultancy.

Once you graduate you will have:

  • in-depth knowledge of the main theoretical insights and current debates in the sociology of culture, media and the arts;
  • a solid grasp of the latest research and state-of-the-art methods in the field;
  • a practical understanding of how research creates knowledge in the social sciences;
  • the ability to apply social-scientific knowledge and research skills in new or multidisciplinary settings;
  • a sound basis for pursuing a PhD position or any other research oriented job outside academia.

The Research Master curriculum consists of theoretical courses, as well as quantitative and qualitative methodological training. You will put your knowledge and research skills into practice in a mandatory research traineeship, in which you get the opportunity to assist an experienced scholar and work on a real-life research project. Through an international exchange in your second year you get the opportunity to further broaden your knowledge, and expand your international network.

Overview courses

Below you can view the programme for the year 2019-2020. Please note that the content, themes and scheduling of courses is subject to change and may vary in subsequent academic years.

    Term 1

    Course code: CS5001

    Workload: 5EC

    Course code: CS5002

    Student workload: 5EC

    Course code: CS5003

    Student workload: 5EC

    Term 2

    Course code: CS5010

    Student workload: 5EC

    Course code: CS5005

    Student workload: 5EC

    Note: available Research Workshops may differ per academic year.

    Television AudiencesCM43515 EC
    Surveillance, Visibility and ReputationCM4252
    Artistic CareersCC4018
    Creative CitiesCC4022
    Media & MigrationCM4254
    Innovation in the Creative IndustriesCM4352
    Social Media UseCM4353
    Researching Cultural TourismCC4204
    Culture OnlineCM4354 

    Term 3

    Course code: CS5009

    Student workload: 5 EC

    Course code: CS5007

    Student workload: 5 EC

    Trending Topics in Media StudiesCS50406 EC
    Fake News, Conspiracy Theories, Disinformation and the Media CS5045

    Course code: CS5015

    Student workload: 5 EC

    Term 4

    Course code: CS5008

    Student workload: 15EC

    Term 1 + 2

    Student workload: 20 EC

    Term 3 + 4

    • Digital Research Methods (CM4104, 5 EC)

    Course code: CS5015

    Student workload: 5 EC

    Course code: CS5050

    Student workload: 25 EC

    Student workload: 5 EC

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