The aim of this course is to gain a critical understanding of some current debates on contemporary societies in the five participating disciplines. One leading scholar from each of the five disciplines will present their own recent research. All five study tracks will be represented. This student-led course is taken in the first period of the first year and in addition to academic objectives it aims to help create identity for the programme and create cohesion and team spirit within the COS cohort.
The aim of the course is to gain a critical understanding of the classic and contemporary approaches to migration from a sociological perspective. Lectures cover both key concepts in migration studies, theoretical approaches to migration as a phenomenon and deal with specific themes related to migration. In addition to lectures, there are seminars during which students can work on their small-scale research projects in small groups. Students present their findings in ‘mock conference’ sessions organized at the end of the course.
Students will learn to apply the quantitative methods of social sciences (e.g., regression analysis, factor analysis, variance analysis, logistical regression analysis) and conduct quantitative social science research. Students will learn to critically evaluate various research designs, the reliability of indicators and analyses published in the field.
They will learn to handle statistical material in work-related applications. Visualisation, material processing and modelling skills learned during the course can be applied, in addition to research work, to a wide range of professional duties in both the public and private sectors.