The MA Program

Our MA curriculum is divided into two phases as well. Phase one, which is the students’ first year, places emphasis upon the basic training in sociology. Therefore, besides three compulsory courses—Sociological Classics, Issues of Southern Society, and Sociological Methodology—the professors from our department will offer other core courses in sociology according to the students’ needs. These include Economic Sociology, Sociology of Gender, Welfare Sociology, Sociology of Immigration, Sociology of Asian Society, Political Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of the Family, Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, etc. These courses are generally similar to the BA courses, and are designed to cultivate the students’ basic sociological knowledge and allow them to develop their own interests.

In phase two, the courses are primarily designed to combine independent studies with mentoring and apprenticeship, which on the one hand furthers the students’ sociological knowledge, and on the other sharpens their thesis writing skills.

In designing research topics, we stick to our department’s principle of “southern sociology” and provide topics concerning various fields, including Migration and Social Welfare Policy, Industrial Cluster Studies, Social Movements, Gender and Labor, Political Economy, Globalization and Local Development, Taiwan and Asia, Postcolonial Research, Comparative Studies of Markets and Social Classes, Transnational Migration, Cultural Anthropology, Gender and Politics, Labor Studies, Immigration Economics, Immigration and Culture, Population and Family Changes, Community Research, and so on (new courses will be gradually added to the curriculum). After the first year’s basic training in sociology, the students will then be able to find topics that tally with our institute’s goals and the students’ own interests, and then strengthen their research and thesis writing skills under the professors’ guidance.

Besides offering professional courses in sociology, our department also offers Issues of Southern Society, a course mainly made up of various lectures, in order to draw our students closer to current sociological research and the perspectives of southern sociology. This allows the students to follow the department’s current research emphases when they choose a thesis topic in their second year.

The current graduation requirement for our MA program is 28 credits: 10 credits from required courses, and 18 credits from optional courses.

The following is the structure chart of our department’s MA curriculum.


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