After offer of admission: Master in Sociology

In order to plan the beginning of your studies it might be useful for you to know more about the planning, as well as the content of the programme. 

Catch-up readings

In your prior education some topics might not have received the attention you might have hoped for considering your choice of the track in this master programme. In this respect you might feel the need to catch up before you start the program. Below you will find a list of suggested readings that provide an introduction to the major themes that are relevant to the master programme and that might help you in preparation for it. 


On social theory

On developing and working with theory

  • Elster, J. (2007). Explaining social behavior. More nuts and bolts for the social sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Swedberg, R. (2014). The art of social theory. Princeton: Princeton University Press.  

On quantitative research methods

  • Aneshensel, C. S. (2013). Theory-based data analysis for the social sciences (2nd edition). London: Sage. (Chapters 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,11,13, glossary)
  • Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics (4th edition). London: Sage (Chapters 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,17,19)

Catch-up readings for Politics & Society

On political sociology 

  • Nash, K. (2009). Contemporary political sociology: globalization, politics and power (2nd edition). John Wiley & Sons.

On political science 

  • Hague, R., Harrop, M., & McCormick, J. (2016). Comparative government and politics. An introduction ( 10th edition). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (Chapters 1,2,8,9,12-18)

Catch-up readings for Urban Studies

  • Mark Abrahamson (2013) Urban Sociology. A Global Introduction. Cambridge University Press.

Catch-up readings for Management & Organisation

On organizational sociology

  • Mintzberg, H. (2009). Structure in fives. Designing effective organizations. Custom Publishing.
  • Grey, C. (2012). A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying organizations. London: Sage. 

On governance

  • Levi-Faur, David (2012) The Oxford handbook of governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Polanyi, K. (1944 [2001]) The great transformation: The political and economic origins of our time. Boston: Beacon Press. 

On welfare states

  • Hemerijck, A. (2013). Changing welfare states. Oxford: Oxford University Press.