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Culture in comparative perspective

How do people think about the world around them? And how does this translate to political, religious/spiritual and moral world-views?

This major is about culture in an international, comparative context. You will learn why people’s world-views differ and how these world-views are embedded in social networks and structures.

You will also focus on the role of the internet and social media in forming world-views. For example, to what extent do people live in a 'bubble' and to what degree does this 'bubble' create interaction between world-views and new media?

Besides explanations for cultural differences between people, you also study the consequences. The way in which people view and interpret the world around them, for example, defines and legitimizes the way they shape their identity and choose their lifestyle. Nationalism, feelings of public unease, belief in conspiracy theories, and marital preferences are also partly defined by world-views.

Research and internship

You will follow four substantive courses. In addition, you put into practice what you have learned by conducting exploratory sociological research and by doing an internship. This internship can be done, for example, at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), municipal cultural institutions, international organizations such as NGOs, market research companies, or new and traditional media organizations.

Bachelor's thesis

To conclude your Bachelor's program in International Sociology, you will write a Bachelor's thesis in the field of cultural sociology.

Examples of professions compatible with this major

  • Policy advisor on culture at a municipality
  • Data analyst at a commercial company (energy companies, telecommunications, insurers, etc.)
  • Third-level lecturer of art and culture
  • Researcher at a market research firm

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