Contemporary Social Theory

Contemporary Social Theory

Specialisation: 39.03.01 Sociology

Form of study: full-time
Term: 4 years

Cost of tuition in 2023: 330,000 rub./year 

Discounts for the first year of study in 2023: 
In order to receive a tuition discount, the student needs to have a certain total score for all of the entrance exams (including points for individual achievements)
30% – 250 points and more
10% – full payment for the first year of study when enrolling
This programme was designed primarily for applicants who plan to be engaged in social science - to conduct research, actively release their publications, and become a part of the international academic community. Applicants who plan to work in analytical, consulting and expert centers will learn how to process large amounts of information, to master present-day methods related to data analysis and learn how to write relevant texts.
Sociology becomes more tangible when they share, for example, some practical case studies. On the other hand, it becomes more text-centered: I better understand how important an academic text is and how you can work with it. We now have a separate course in academic writing, in English. For me science has become more about people who are engaged in it. Also because now, in Moscow, I am fortunate to meet and talk to people whose books I used to read earlier.
Vasilina Radkova, graduate of the programme

Programme Benefits 

  • Unique team of lecturers. The program is taught by both representatives of the academic community and in-demand practitioners. 
  • Research activity. From the second year, students are involved in real research projects, which gives them the opportunity to gain initial work experience in their field. 
  • Students and professors are colleagues. Professors share relevant specialized information with students, involve them in scientific life, which helps many students to unleash their creative potential and conduct research, translate texts, write articles and analytical reports at a high professional level.
When we have discussions during our classes, everyone participates in the discussion and the level of engagement depends on how much you have to contribute to the discussion. It does not happen this way that there is one talking head while the rest of us must agree with what is being said and cannot challenge it because of the speaker’s authority. Authority is shaped through discussion.
Vasilina Radkova, graduate of the programme

Content of the Programme

  • History of Sociology
  • Academic Writing
  • Social Anthropology and Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Poverty and Social Justice: Theories and Research
  • Information Technology and Applied Statistics Methods for Sociologists
  • Methodology and Methods of Sociological Research
  • Communication Theory: Media and Society
  • Epistemology
  • Studies of Ethnicity, Migration, and Nationalism
  • Sociology of Everyday Life
  • Political Sociology
  • Contemporary Sociological Theories
  • Qualitative Methods in Sociology
  • Power and Inequality

  • Philosophical Foundations of Scientific Knowledge
  • Organizational Studies
  • Research Technology
  • Culture Study Methods
  • Economic Sociology
  • Marketing
  • Game Theory
  • Biographical Method in Sociology
  • Focus Group Method
  • Optional Disciplines
  • Public Communications (Media, Organizations, and Civil Society)
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Organizing, Preparing, Presenting Sociological Research
  • Education Research
  • Urban Exploration
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Analyzing Data in Quantitative Research
  • Phenomenological Philosophy and Sociology
  • Applied Ethics
  • Science and Technology Research
  • Optional disciplines
  • Social Theory and Sociology of Emotions
  • Microsociology
  • Visual Research
  • Philosophy of Politics
  • Semiotics and Text Analysis
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociobiology
  • Fundamentals of Research
  • Fundamentals of Design Thinking

Practical training

Students undertake their practical training in research sociological centers (the RANEPA Center for Sociological Research, RANEPA International Center for Contemporary Social Theory, Public Opinion Foundation, etc.)

Career Perspectives

  • Research centers conducting sociological, social political and marketing research;
  • Marketing agencies;
  • Analytical services;
  • HR training and development services;
  • Mass media;
  • Consulting organizations.

Contact Us

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