Note: Course offerings may vary and are dependent on faculty availability, student demand and registration capacity.
A. Program Requirements - 24 credits:
1 - Core Courses:
Students are required to study all of the courses (3 credits
each) listed below:
•SOC 611 Social Theory (description coming soon).
•SOC 612 Anthropological Theory (description coming soon).
•SOC 613 Quantitative Research Methods (description coming
•SOC 614 Qualitative Research Methods (description coming
•SOC 615 Sociology and Anthropology of Arab societies
(description coming soon).
•SOC 616 Internship
Note: This program does not offer concentration tracks.
2- Program Electives:
•SOC 627 Sociology of Violence (description coming soon).
•SOC 628 Visual Anthropology (description coming soon).
•SOC 629 Anthropology of Religions (description coming
•SOC 630 Contemporary Issues in the Study of Migration (description
3- Specialized English Language Course (non-
SOC 001 critical reading in contemporary sociology and anthropology text
The School may offer a number of non-credit bearing courses, which must be
taken as a condition for graduation when required by the relevant program.
Students must successfully pass the assignment for each course as a
condition for graduation. These courses will also appear on the student’s
transcript but will not contribute to the student’s GPA. Please see here
B. School requirements - 12 credits:
1- Cross - Disciplinary
Course - 3 credits:
SOSH 601 Issues in
the study of Social Science and Humanities.
All SOSH students must successfully complete one non-credit
core compulsory course offered at the School level as a cross-disciplinary
introduction to the study of the social sciences and humanities.
Please visit the “Interdisciplinarity at SOSH” page for more
details about this course and its description.
2 – Two Interdisciplinary Courses - 6 credits:
Each program allows students to enroll in courses of special
interest, and of a cross-disciplinary nature, which are offered jointly with
one or more other programs. Courses offered as interdisciplinary courses may
vary and are dependent on faculty availability, student demand and registration
All students will choose two courses of 3 credits each from
the list of interdisciplinary courses. Please visit the “Interdisciplinarity at
SOSH” page for more details about these courses and their descriptions.
3 - Non-restricted Elective - 3 credits:
Students may choose one course of 3 credits from any program
in any of the Schools/centers in the DI (including SPADE and CHS). Students may
choose their free elective from the courses offered by the Sociology and
Anthropology Program below, which are offered on a rotating basis:
SOC 621 Political Leadership: this course aims to
give students a critical and theoretical overview of political phenomenon in
general and in particular, the phenomenon of political leadership in
SOC 622 Gender in Arab Societies: This course covers
a number of historical, national, socio-cultural, literary, and, theoretical
perspectives on constructions of gender in Arab societies. In this course, we
will examine Arab and Muslim feminist, critical race, and postcolonial
interventions in debates surrounding gender identities and practices in Arab
societies and cultures.
SOC 623 Postcolonial and Feminist Sociological Thought:
(description coming soon).
SOC 624 Technology and Culture: this course aims to
question the complex relationship between technology and culture through a
historical comparative study of the place of technology in the modern era, and
between its place in other historical eras and civilizations. DOWNLOAD FULL
COURSE OUTLINE HERE.
SOC 625 Migration and Citizenship: This course
deals with questions of citizenship, multiculturalism and identity. This
includes the sociological history of migration to the European countries (and
the Gulf countries), political representations, residential segregation and its
possible social, economic and political consequences.
SOC 626 Sociology of the Arab Spring: (description
C . Dissertation - 6 credits:
In consultation with an academic supervisor, the student
will choose a thesis topic and program of research. The student will submit a
thesis of 12,000 – 18,000 words at the end of the second academic year, but
discussions about the topic begin during the first year. The coordinator of the
course will organize regular sessions for students to discuss research
methodologies and choose a research topic. Students will be expected to write a
summary research proposal, incorporating the main assumptions to be tested,
choose a research methodology and write a summary on what the thesis will
contribute to present literature, based on a critical view of existing writings
on the subject. The coordinator will then choose a supervisor who follows up
with the student until completing the dissertation.
The dissertation examination consists of two parts; a marked
assessment of the thesis by two examiners and an oral defense in front of an
examination panel comprised of the same two examiners.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will obtain a “Master of Social Sciences and Humanities in: Sociology and Anthropology”.
Graduates of this program will be strong candidates for employment in research positions which utilize surveys and quantitative techniques as well as qualitative analysis. Such positions could be in the public or private sectors as well as international governmental organizations.
The degree will also qualify students to continue their studies to a doctoral level.
Applicants may apply for the Sociology and Anthropology program through an online application. Please review the Admissions Dates to ensure the application and all required documents are submitted before the deadline.
Please visit the Apply page in order to start your application.
For any academic questions please contact the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.