Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy: Master’s Degree Programme in Civil Society

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Master’s Degree Programme in Civil Society

The Master’s Degree Programme in Civil Society is the first and only social scientific master’s degree programme in the topic of civil society in Finland. The programme started in the autumn of 2007 at the University of Jyväskylä.

The programme is a two-year (120 ECTS) interdisciplinary programme leading to a second-cycle university degree. It educates social scientific specialists for the needs of non-profit organisations, public administration, research, education and media. The orientation aims for profound scientific understanding of civil society, citizenship and in specific Finnish characteristics of civil society. The objective is to develop students’ intellectual and practical skills for analysing and managing different civil society activities and organisations in local as well as global social, political and economic contexts. It is in the very interest of the programme to create good relations with research on the topic at both the national and international levels.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Civil Society is aimed at students with a bachelor’s degree (majoring in philosophy, political science, social and public policy, sociology, social work, history, ethnology and the sociology of sports) offering them an opportunity to complete a master’s degree in the specified major subject area, with a specialisation in civil society. The master’s degree programme is designed to support advancement into the doctoral programme in civil society and the doctoral training programmes in the major subject areas.