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Master's Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Sociology (until 31.7.2017 MDP in Global and Transnational Studies)

Master’s Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Studies is a high-quality, internationally linked programme especially suited for students aiming at careers in social research, policy analysis and consultation, cultural analysis, media, international organizations, and international development. A unique offering in Finland, the MDP integrates with world-class research being conducted at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tampere, and with other post-graduate degrees in the School’s cutting-edge framework programme on Global Society.

The MDP aims to provide students with the basis for making sense of globalization and transnational connections in the contemporary world. National policies and cultures are increasingly and obviously related to events and forces outside national borders. Policies, cultural trends and organizations are now intimately and broadly inter-connected across the world. A critical understanding of these patterns and connections is the primary goal of the MDP. Covering a range of theoretical training, and focusing on sociological neo-institutionalism, the MDP will provide the students with a toolkit to analyze social, political and cultural forces shaping our global world. Students will learn perspectives on understanding the contemporary world, will appreciate how national policies are made, will unpack the transnational connectivity in contemporary media, and will see into the transnational relations of civil society, culture and modern religion. The degree will also offer students a cosmopolitan perspective and multi-cultural appreciation crucial for a wide span of careers today.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the programme, students will be able to:
• comprehend what globalization is from multiple disciplinary perspectives
• understand a range of theoretical approaches to understand global and transnational processes
• confidently analyze global social change
• investigate transnational elements of local policies and cultural trends
• discuss relevant current literature, approach new scholarship, and critically present in public
• design, conduct and report academic research of the highest quality independently and in teams
• recognize, value and work with cultural diversity
• apply this knowledge in working life
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