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Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Studies non-thesis
Master TR-NQF-HE: Level 7 QF-EHEA: Second Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 7

Relation of Program Learning Outcomes & Program Goals

Programme Objectives


Program Outcomes
1) Learn which concepts and theories in sociology are used in production of knowledge and how the knowledge produced is grounded in social reality.

2) Learn which sociological approaches and methods of analysis are used in which sociological fields and areas of specialization, and present and publish the original findings from these analyses, both individually and in teams, in accordance with academic principles.

3) Discuss critically cause and effect relationships used in sociological perspectives; thereby formulate visions, aims and targets by identifying gaps in the existing knowledge in their areas of interest.

4) Analyze and determine the formation, the structure and future development of such institutions as family, state, education and religion critically and scientifically; and develop policy proposals for implementation.

5) Gain lifelong learning skills and competencies, use them in everyday life situations and professional contexts, and thereby develop, implement and manage projects, with socially responsible approaches.

6) Combine sociology with other social sciences such as psychology, philosophy and anthropology, employ interdisciplinary approaches, and thereby develop new conceptualizations and interpretations.

7) Learn to conduct sociological research by using both qualitative and quantitative methods, select the subject, develop a research question, formulate a theoretical framework with variables and hypotheses, prepare questionnaires, collect and analyze data from a sample, write a research report, and disseminate the findings in professional fields of interest within a social, cultural, and ethical framework.

8) Acquire skills and competencies for taking initiative in evaluating and changing norms while implementing decisions in social problem areas.

9) Pursue national and international publications and innovations and thereby find solutions to problems using qualitative and quantitative data and publish and disseminate best practices.

10) Know, contribute to, and participate in current sociological debates, and be ready to go ahead with a third cycle program.

11) Have unbiased attitudes towards the universality of social rights and social justice, value high standards of quality, respect cultural values, promote environmental protection, health and work safety at work, and be open to change.