About the Profession
A sociologist makes his living by research. Usually he studies how people behave: how they do their shopping, cast their ballots in elections, work and seek employment, go on holidays, marry and divorce, bear and raise children, change their place of residence, etc. A sociologist conducts surveys, carries out interviews, delivers lectures, writes articles, appears on television, he might be absorbed into dozens of different cultures. A sociologist knows how to study human relationships and actions and how to influence them, how to build a community and prevent a conflict, how to make money and to save time.
A sociologist always has a choice. Some sociologists build their career in marketing or HR, others work for international projects, some are employed at universities and research centres, others – in the media, and still others suceed in politics. Some sociologists enter on a business career, others pursue an academic career, and still others go into politics or devote themselves to a specific social problem, still remaining sociologists.
The Master's programme is focused on bringing together research and social engineering profiles in sociologist's activity. The fundamental methodological and theoretical background is supplemented by an impressive cycle of applied social and managerial disciplines providing an opportunity to master the skills of effective social technologies in the practice of modern organizations management.
"Contemporary Methods of Sociological Research", "Contemporary Sociological Theories", "Philosophy and Methodology of Social Sciences", "Measurement in Sociological Research", "Qualitative Methods in Sociology: History and Methodology", "Management Consulting", "Contemporary Business Strategies", "Organizational Culture", " Sociologist's Interaction with Customer", "Sociological Methods in Organization's Management", " Research Seminar", etc.
Our Master's programs are both research-oriented and practice-oriented. The theme of almost every Master's thesis involves carrying out an individual empirical research or case study. In the second year of their studies students are engaged in practical training, teaching practice and predegree practice.
Practical training is not limited to university laboratories. Our constant partners are the leading sociological research centres of Russia, including the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM), "TNS Gallup Media", "ROMIR Monitoring Standard", the International Institute for Marketing and Social Research GfK-Russia, etc. While students do their practical training they often establish contacts with their future employers.
The field-specific areas of employment for the graduates of the Master's programme are analytical support of management activity, management consulting and strategic planning, corporate innovations, the studies of organizational dysfunctions, including labour conflicts, organizational culture studies, the optimization of social and personnel policies of organizations, HR-management, PR-technologies, etc.