Master’s Degree Course in Sociology and Social Research Economic-social development of the environment and the territory – the course in brief
The Economic and Social Development of the Environment and Territory Curriculum aims to train sociologists with advanced skills in the analysis of social phenomena from an interdisciplinary perspective and with a focus on demographic processes and intercultural relations. In addition to these skills, students will be able to carry out social research thanks to their knowledge of statistics, psychology and law.
Other skills acquired during the course will be the construction, survey, processing and interpretation of social research data related to specific issues and to the various socio-economic, territorial and cultural institutional dynamics. The Master’s Degree trains professionals capable of designing and carrying out sociological research in all its phases.
Master’s Degree in Sociology and Social Research Online
The Economic and Social Development of the Environment and Territory Curriculum is the preferred choice of many students seeking flexibility, thanks to the possibility of attending the course entirely by distance learning. Unicusano provides students with an e-learning platform that can be visited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through which it is possible to take advantage of distance learning lessons and study in depth the didactic material provided online.
In this way, the Economic and Social Development of the Environment and Territory Curriculum is finally accessible to both full-time students and student-workers who, for professional reasons or due to their distance from the university, could not normally reconcile the rhythms of traditional study with their own lives. Students will be able to study at their own pace and according to their own needs, from the comfort of their own homes, and then take their exams at one of the many locations throughout Italy.
The “Social-Economic Development of the Environment and Territory” curriculum is an in-depth study of issues related to the sociology of the environment and territory, especially from the perspective of analysing territorial and sustainability policies.
Professional profile and expected occupational and professional outlets for Sociology graduates
Sociologist analyst of change – Social researcher
function in a work context:
The graduate in Sociology and Social Research (curriculum Social-Economic Development of the Environment and Territory) will acquire the skills to hold the position of sociologist analyst of change and social researcher, he/she is in charge of designing and carrying out research activities, applying advanced theoretical and methodological knowledge, conducting original investigations also in new fields of research; he/she analyses research results and develops interpretative models of the observed phenomena; he/she carries out empirical investigations adopting the social research method; he/she designs interventions in the field of social policies.
Competences associated with the function:
The graduate in Sociology and Social Research (curriculum Social-Economic Development of the Environment and Territory) will have skills in the application of social research methods and techniques, and can enter the world of work as a social researcher and sociologist analyst of change in private companies, local and national public bodies; non-profit associations and social cooperation organisations; public relations and communication offices; research offices; programming and planning of social services and public policies; personnel management and market research offices; opinion polling agencies; social research institutes with executive tasks and responsibilities in data collection and processing. The knowledge acquired enables the LM-88 graduate to deal with planning using the tools of empirical investigation. The graduate also possesses the skills necessary to carry out sampling and data analysis procedures, and to prepare reports and other material useful for the dissemination of the results obtained.
social researcher in universities, research centres and study centres, whether in the public or private sector.
centres/institutes/agencies (public and private) for social research, study and documentation; third sector associations and organisations
- public administrations (central and local)
- private and cooperative enterprises and bodies;
- consultancy, coordination and management functions in the field of social research and public administration
The master’s degree course in Sociology prepares for the profession of (ISTAT codes)
- – Management specialists in public administration – (188.8.131.52)
- – Control specialists in public administration – (184.108.40.206)
- – Human resources specialists – (220.127.116.11.1)
- – Experts in the study, management and control of social phenomena – (18.104.22.168.1)
- – Researchers and graduate technicians in political and social sciences – (22.214.171.124.2)
Knowledge required for admission
Students wishing to enrol in the Master’s Degree Course in Sociology and Social Research (Criminology and Change curriculum) must hold a three-year degree in class L- 40 ex D.M. 270/04 or class 36 ex D.M. 509/99. Admission to the Master’s Degree Course in Sociology and Social Research may also apply to those who hold a three-year degree in other classes, or another qualification obtained abroad that is recognised as suitable, or a degree from the previous four-year system, provided that they meet the curricular requirements specified in the Regulations of the Course of Study. The procedures for verifying possession of the requirements for admission are defined in Article 2 (Admission) of the Study Course Regulations.
Specific educational objectives of the Master’s Degree Course in Sociology and Social Research and description of the educational pathway
The Master’s Degree Course in Sociology and Social Research (curriculum Social-Economic Development of the Environment and the Territory) trains a master’s graduate capable of contributing specifically sociological categories of analysis to the examination of problems relating to social events and processes, on the basis of a training founded on the classical studies of the social sciences: sociology both in general terms and in its disciplinary sub-articulations, but also international political doctrines, psychology, political science and law. The training pathway enables the master’s degree student to design and execute empirical sociological research designs, in view of the training objectives envisaged in the individual courses and suitable for providing expertise in specific fields of study and application.
The proposed training course is structured as follows during the first year there is specialised training in some areas of sociology, including Political Sociology, the Sociology of Deviance, the Sociology of Religions and the Sociology of Territorial Development (in the SPS/08; SPS/09; SPS11; SPS/12) to which are added the specific sectors of Demography and Social Statistics (SECS-S/04 and SECS-S/05) necessary for the empirical analysis of data, without neglecting the ethical aspects of research, with the inclusion of the teaching of Ethics and Social Research in the sector M-FIL/01, and the study of international society (SPS/02).
The second year, in addition to a foreign language, includes teachings that open up to multidisciplinarity and to a master’s preparation enriched by psychological profiles (particularly Social Psychology) and ultimately legal ones in the area of European Union Law (IUS/14), which are necessary to constitute the knowledge and contextual skills of social research in the national and extra-national territory.
Students are urged to constantly interact with the lecturer through the interactive tools of telematics teaching, so that they learn to personally elaborate in both oral and written form, through short reports and term papers, interpretative schemes that demonstrate an interdisciplinary view of the problems.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
Master’s degree graduates in Sociology and Social Research (curriculum Social-Economic Development of the Environment and the Territory) will acquire in-depth knowledge of the areas of sociological specialisation, as well as more detailed knowledge relating to the principles and logical and epistemological foundations of sociological methodology; to the theories, principles and basic foundations of the other social and human sciences; to qualitative and quantitative technical-operational procedures for collecting social data; to statistical and demographic procedures and techniques for the organisation and quantitative analysis of social data.
The verification of learning will be carried out mainly through examinations, oral and/or written, both in itinere and at the conclusion of the teaching courses.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
Master’s graduates in Sociology and Social Research (curriculum Social-Economic Development of the Environment and Territory) will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding by carrying out empirical investigations using quantitative and qualitative approaches; by interpreting and analysing the processes of social phenomena and the contemporary environment; by integrating the theoretical and methodological (logical-procedural) knowledge acquired, using specifically sociological categories; by enhancing interdisciplinarity in approaches to problem-solving and in the performance of study and work activities.
The ability to apply knowledge and understanding within the teaching activity is verified through activities aimed at stimulating a critical and personal re-elaboration of specific theoretical or research topics, in which comparisons and evaluations by the student are required (forums) and reports and/or projects (e-activities and wikis), as well as participation in seminars in virtual classrooms and practical experiences in small groups. The relative assessment is carried out through the various forms, written and/or oral, of verification of preparation for each individual teaching, and with the final examination.
Master’s graduates in Sociology and Social Research (curriculum Social-Economic Development of the Environment and the Territory) will be able to develop theoretical inputs in an autonomous manner and with a critical spirit; to plan research paths in an autonomous manner, collecting, analysing and critically interpreting empirical data from different sources and of different natures concerning social phenomena; to adopt assumptions to analyse empirical data and statistical sources in an original manner; to conduct bibliographical research on literature. The students’ autonomy of judgement is checked by the lecturers during video lectures, examinations and the final examination. In any case, the methods of verification are better defined in the Regulations of the Study Course.
Master’s degree graduates in Sociology and Social Research (curriculum Social-Economic Development of the Environment and the Territory) acquire the communication skills suitable for reporting on the study or work activity carried out, both verbally and in writing, knowing how to argue criteria, procedures, aims and results to the sociological community; also demonstrating that they are able to work in teams to solve problems and to communicate solutions to interlocutors in the field. These skills will be acquired through the numerous activities envisaged in the training course; the methods of verification are specified in the Study Course Regulations.
Master’s degree graduates in Sociology and Social Research (curriculum Social-Economic Development of the Environment and the Territory) develop the ability to develop autonomous learning processes in relation to bibliographic, documentary and statistical sources specific to sociological disciplines. This allows them to autonomously tackle new fields of study both within academic advanced training courses and in extra-academic courses. These skills will be acquired in all types of activities for which a critical approach to knowledge is required and will be verified in the forms appropriate to each type of activity, as defined in the Regulations of the Study Course.
The final examination consists of the drafting and discussion of a thesis written in an original manner by the student under the guidance of a supervisor, and possibly a co-rapporteur, at the request of the supervisor. The thesis may relate to any discipline included in the student’s study plan. The final thesis is assessed by a committee composed of at least 3 members selected from among the Unicusano Professors, Extraordinary Professors, Researchers or Researchers on fixed-term contracts ex art. 24 law 240/2010, Contractors ex art. 23 law 240/2010, Structured Professors at foreign Universities chaired by the Dean or the Course Coordinator or by his/her delegate appointed by the Dean or the Course Coordinator from among the Professors or Extraordinary Professors of the same Course who, after the evaluation of the paper, will proceed to the proclamation of the candidate, according to the procedures provided by the Study Course Regulations.