Level: Master
Application period: 2021-10-18 - 2022-05-02
Start date: Autumn 2022
City: Jönköping

Global environmental problems such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and increasing pollution adds to existing problems with social inequalities and injustices. It is high time to reverse the current trend. To create sustainable societies and social change, the programme therefore uses applied research and is based on close cooperation between the academic world and society. For the thesis work, you will work independently but together with a host-organisation (within the non-profit, public, or corporate sector) and with the support of a supervisor develop and formulate a thesis project. The project will focus on creating sustainable societies and contribute to long-term social change, as well as fulfil the academic standard for a master thesis on advanced level.

 

The program is interdisciplinary and focuses on cross-cultural, comparative research, and long-term social change. The program curriculum is based on social science perspectives on sustainable development and social change, and includes sociology, anthropology, political science, and human geography. It is designed to form leaders with a deep understanding of sustainable development ideas and strategies, and their application in different settings. You will acquire the necessary critical thinking skills to inform policy and create social change with a long-term impact. After graduation from the program, you will have enhanced knowledge of sustainable development and social change with the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge to take on high-level roles in government agencies, non-government organisations and private firms. The program also prepares you for the possibilities to apply for third cycle studies, i.e., doctoral programs.

 

The programme is offered as a 1-year (60 credits) and 2-year (120 credits) program. The latter is an extension of the former, which means that all students study together during the first year.

 

The master program in Global Studies: Sustainable Societies and Social Change (GlobalS) is carried out within the research framework of Social Sciences of Sustainability at the School of Education and Communication at Jönköping University, and in collaboration with the master programs in Sustainable Communication (SusCom) and Learning, Digitalization and Sustainability (LeadS).

The program focuses on applying social science research to create sustainable societies and social change. For the thesis work from the second semester onwards, you will therefore work independently but together with a host-organisation of your own choice (within the non-profit, public, or corporate sector) and with the support of a supervisor with developing and formulating a plan for the project, which will result in one or two theses. You will carry out the assignment in close cooperation with the host-organisation, but the thesis also fulfils the academic standard for a master thesis on advanced level. In addition to the two master thesis courses of 30 credits (20 weeks) in total, the collaboration with the host-organisation is in focus for a second semester course in Research planning, 7.5 credits (five weeks), and a fourth semester Individual Literature Course, 7.5 credits (five weeks).

During the third semester (30 credits), you have the option of designing your own semester from a selection of elective social science courses at Jönköping University, other Swedish universities or at universities abroad, after agreement with the programme director.

After completing the program, you will be able to take on high-level roles in government agencies, non-government organisations and private firms. You also fulfil the requirements for third cycle studies, i.e., doctoral programs.

The programme is conducted at School of Education and Communication
Level: Master
Rate of study: Full-time
City: Jönköping
Place of study: Campus-based
Start date: Autumn 2022
Requirements: The applicant must hold the minimum of a bachelor’s degree (i.e. the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university) with at least 90 credits in global studies or social science including independent work, i.e., a thesis or the equivalent. English proficiency is required.

Social Sciences include areas related to the human world and society and cover fields such as: Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Ethnology, Cultural Geography, Anthropology, Communication and Media studies, Journalism Education, History, Archaeology, Law, Linguistics, Philosophy, Humanities, Language studies, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Environmental Science, Technology/Material and Manufacturing, Building technology, Agriculture, Vetinary Care, Health and Medical Care, Social Work and Personal Services. An assessment of your eligibility will be made by Admissions Office when a complete application has been placed.

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Global Studies: Sustainable Societes and Social Change (One Year)

Credits: 60 credits
Application code: HJ-MU130
Degree: Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) with a major in Global Studies specialisation in Sustainability Studies
Tuition fee: For the first semester: 58500 SEK
Total tuition fee: 117000 SEK

Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students

Global Studies: Sustainable Societes and Social Change (Two Years)

Credits: 120 credits
Application code: HJ-MU129
Degree: Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Global Studies specialisation in Sustainability Studies
Tuition fee: For the first semester: 58500 SEK
Total tuition fee: 234000 SEK

Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students

Year 1

Social sciences of sustainability 5 credits
Introduction to Global Studies: Sustainable Societies and Social Change 2.5 credits
Critical Issues in Sustainability 1: Social Perspectives on Climate Change and the Environment 7.5 credits
Critical Issues in Sustainability 2: Social Justice, Equality, and Human Rights 7.5 credits
Project Planning, Management, and Sustainability Strategies 7.5 credits
Research Methods 1 in Global Studies 7.5 credits
Research Planning 7.5 credits
Master Thesis 1 in Global Studies 15 credits

 

Year 2

Critical Issues in Sustainability 3: Urban and Rural Challenges 7.5 credits, and
Elective courses 22.5 credits (after agreement with programme director), or
Studies at other university or internship 30 credits (after agreement with programme director)
Research Methods 2 in Global Studies 7.5 credits
Individual Literature Course 7.5 credits
Master Thesis 2 in Global Studies 15 credits

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