About the education
It is becoming more common that policy interventions should be based on best available evidence. The purpose of a systematic review is to sum up the best available research on a specific question. This is done by synthesizing the results of several studies. Participants will explore the range of existing approaches to, and methods for, research synthesis. The course will provide hands-on application of several commonly applied methods (including the procedures proposed by the Campbell/Cochrane Collaborations). The course uses material from a range of policy areas and will explore different kinds of review questions. Participants will be introduced to different methods for synthesizing both a range of study designs and qualitative and quantitative data, although there is an emphasis on synthesizing quantitative data (meta-analysis). To help participants consider the role played by systematic reviews within evidence-based decision making, this course also includes discussion of the opportunities and challenges that systematic reviews pose.
Sociology is the scientific study of the origin, development, organization, and functions of human societies, comprising everything from studies of close-knit social relations to the cultural and formal institutions of society. Sociology contributes knowledge of how peoples´ working conditions and health are affected by organizational structures, or how identities and groups are shaped by religion, ethnicity, and gender, creating social communities as well as social conflicts. Sociology also contributes to the understanding of how individual lives are affected by gender, social background and ethnicity.
Hence, studies in sociology provide you with theoretical and methodological tools to better understand society and the social contexts of which you are a part. Studies in sociology also enrich and complement other social science studies such as criminology, economics, psychology, and political science, as well as other fields such as technology, medicine, philosophy and law.
Sociologists have a broad labour market both within the private and the public sector. A sociological education will help you develop analytical skills in the form of theory as well as both quantitative and qualitative research methods .Analytical skills that will make you able to investigate social issues, and to assess, evaluate and perform surveys on social phenomena. You can specialize in different areas such as labour market, organizations, migration, demography, health, gender, or family.
To obtain a Bachelor´s degree in Sociology you can either take single subject courses in sociology of 90 HEC combined with 90 HEC in other subjects, or take one of the following Bachelor´s programmes:
Bachelor´s programme in applied social research
Bachelor´s programme in sociology: Working life and labour market
Bachelor´s programme in personnel, work and organization
The Department of Sociology offers second level studies in both sociology and demography in the form of Master´s programmes, or single subject courses that can be used in a degree in another subject. With a Bachelor´s degree and 60 HEC of second level courses you are eligible for doctoral studies in sociology or sociological demography.
Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law
Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.
This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.