Migrants and assimilation, divergent experiences of mental illness, education depending on social background, populist political movements, gentrifying urban space, the radicalising of vulnerable young men... These are some of the burning social and political issues that light up social media and parliamentary debate across Europe.
Amsterdam sociologists stand at the forefront of social scientific analysis of burning social and political issues, and many more besides. As sociologists, we apply critical theories and fine-grained empirical research to deconstruct and challenge common understandings of these problems, so enabling innovative, effective insights and solutions.
In providing the tools and training to think critically and to interrogate evidence, you will grow to understand the world around you - its culture, its political-economy, its injustices - in a wholly new way. This ability to combine critical-abstract thinking with evidence-based examination is why our BSc and MSc graduates are so valued across government and other policy-making institutions, the NGO sector, banks, marketing firms, not to mention further social scientific research.
Does sociology appeal to you?
The Bachelor's in Sociology allows you to develop expertise in subjects such as migration, inequality, healthcare, art & culture, labour markets, education, sexuality and social movements. In the past year, our students have investigated issues such as:
- Why do women earn less on average than men?
- How do social media affect the creation and survival of protest movements?
- In today's society, to what extent does your appearance affect your job prospects?
- How does the government deal with sustainability initiatives devised by citizens?
Why study sociology at the UvA?
Amsterdam is the ideal place to study sociology. Everything you learn is reflected in this multifaceted city with a global reputation as a centre of art and culture. The 179 different nationalities represented in the city provide unprecedented diversity of people and ideas.
You will study in the heart of Amsterdam within a programme that greatly facilitates contact with lecturers and fellow students.
Upon completion of the Bachelor's in Sociology, you will be eligible for admittance to a range of Master's programmes compatible with your specialisation and field of interest.
Ansøgning og adgangskrav
We welcome applications from mid-October onward
PPLE College is a selective programme with an intake of 200 students per year. As we receive more applications than spots available, admission to PPLE College is not guaranteed. Though, if you are a talented and motivated student we encourage you to apply!
The admissions procedure involves three rounds:
- Submit the application form and upload transcripts, personal statement and CV
- Essay, study plan and financial plan
- Interview (skype)