Modern society is shaped by meanings and symbols, from national myths to iconic brands. Cultural Sociology offers theories and tools which allow you to understand the social processes of meaning-making and teaches you how to make (your) meanings matter.
Understand social challenges from a cultural perspective
Cultural sociologists dive deep into the symbolic aspects of society that typically are taken for granted – even by other sociologists. For this reason, students are specifically trained to develop their cultural sensitivity and analytical skills to uncover the meanings in texts, images, and other symbolic phenomena which move the actions of individuals and whole societies.
Cooperate with the Yale University
The Centre for the Cultural Sociology of Migration at Masaryk University is affiliated with the Centre for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. The universities often share knowledge and even tutors or cooperate on research.
Have you ever wondered about why a flag brings out strong emotions, what motivates people to decide to join a social movement, or what makes a specific brand more iconic than others? Whatever questions motivate you specifically, our study programme will help you find answers by expanding your social knowledge, training your cultural sensitivity, and developing your interpretative skills. In our core courses, we will teach you contemporary sociological and cultural sociological theories as well as structuralist and hermeneutic methods, which will not only allow you to analyse the cultural meanings of social phenomena but also view society and social problems from a unique perspective. We firmly believe that sociological thinking and cultural analysis is not just a form of knowledge, but a craft that requires skills that are best developed in discussion with others. For this reason, we encourage discussions among students and offer close supervision for students approaching the master's thesis. The skills our students acquire will allow them to work as experts and researchers in all fields and institutions where communication plays a crucial role.
It is not a part of the study program. However, students are encouraged to seek out internships with one of the research groups or potential employers in Brno.
Graduates of Cultural Sociology are able to skilfully participate in research projects, including the selection, collection, analysis, and interpretation of empirical evidence consisting of meanings, signs, textual, and visual documents. They are able to deal with the ethical aspect of sociological research, too. Graduates are able to engage in critical cultural interpretation of social phenomena, events, and institutions drawing on theoretical concepts and research methods. Graduates are able to analyse and compare communication strategies developed in a variety of organizations, companies, associations, social and cultural movements or subcultures. Thus, graduates of Cultural Sociology are prepared to work as experts and researchers in a variety of fields and institutional spheres in which communication plays a crucial role.
Graduates of Cultural Sociology study programme, besides performing analytical skills as members of project-based teams, are able to perform independent interpretive and analytical work, including the preparation of new projects. After accumulating work experience, graduates of Cultural Sociology will be able to work also as team leaders.
Graduates are able to work in the private/public sector in fields such as cultural marketing, media and creative industries, regional and urban planning, international organisations, governmental, and non-governmental agencies.
Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievements and motivation shown in the documents submitted (prior diploma and transcripts, CV, and a motivation letter) and demonstrated in the online video interviews. Recommendation letters and proof of the English language proficiency required. See: http://gps.fss.muni.cz/en/cultural-sociology – Section How to Apply. All applicants will also be notified by email.
Criteria for evaluation
The admission committee reviews the materials and evaluates them (maximum 100 points, the passing level is 60). Video interviews are arranged to evaluate applicant motivation and English language proficiency.
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