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Why do some people fly over the world in a private jet, while others don't even have enough money to buy food? What is institutional racism, and what can be done about it? How are our lives affected by social media? Questions that are often discussed in the media, politics and public debate, but most people struggle to answer them properly. Apparently, a life filled with social experiences, does not make you an expert on social life. To become one, you have to study sociology.

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Why study Sociology at the UvA?

International classroom 

Multifaceted perspectives on sociology

Connecting society, theory and research

Social problems, social solutions

Sociology gives you the superpower of seeing beyond the surface to grasp complex phenomena Read about Jonas' experience

Is Sociology right for you?

  1. Are you interested in society
  2. Are you interested in how people live together
  3. Are you interested in the causes and consequences of human behaviour

Then Sociology is definitely for you.

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Degree programme
BSc Sociology
180 ECTS, 36 months
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Roeterseiland campus