SOMET

Sociology and Methodology of Social Research

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CALL FOR APPLICATION

CALL FOR APPLICATION

  SOMET Call for application for A.Y. 2018-2019 is now CLOSED S...

SOMET Seminar - Mauro Barisione - 30 May 2018

SOMET Seminar - Mauro Barisione - 30 May 2018

  SOMET seminar Weber, Durkheim, and Marx in Bourdieu's writing...

SOMET Seminar - Enzo Colombo - 23 May 2018

SOMET Seminar - Enzo Colombo - 23 May 2018

  SOMET seminar Studying Everyday Multiculturalism Enzo Colomb...

SOMET Seminar - Giovanni Semi - 17 May 2018

SOMET Seminar - Giovanni Semi - 17 May 2018

  SOMET seminar Gentrification in Italy: homeownership and clas...

SOMET International Seminar - Christian Joppke - 26 April 2018

SOMET International Seminar - Christian Joppke - 26 April 2018

  SOMET International Seminar Recent policies of immigrant inte...

SOMET "Post-doc" Seminar - Massimo Airoldi - 13 April 2018

SOMET "Post-doc" Seminar - Massimo Airoldi - 13 April 2018

  SOMET "Post-doc" seminar Doing digital sociology Massimo Air...

Seminar - Wim van Oorschot - 19/10/2017

The Department of Cultures, Politics and Societies of the University o...

Sociology PhD Maitrayee Deka lecturer at Essex

Dr. Maitrayee Deka, PhD in Sociology (27th cycle), is now lecture...

Mission and Partners

Mission and Partners

SOMET (Sociology and Methodology of Social Research) is one of the leading sociological PhD Programmes in Italy. Entirely held in English, its courses, seminars and research activites are organised jointly by the University of Milan and the University of Turin. Its Faculty also includes sociologists from other Italian and international universities. 

The Ph.D. programme in Sociology has a longstanding tradition of excellence in Italy. It was one of the first to be established after the 1980 university reform and has provided a large number of outstanding academic sociologists who have gone on to make significant contributions to teaching and research in Italy and abroad.

The aim of the programme is to provide structured and advanced training in theoretically-guided empirical research across a wide range of sociological fields and to introduce students to current international issues in both qualitative and quantitative social research.

The course consists of a three-year programme of 60 credits per year. The first year is devoted to basic training, in conjunction with the activities of the Faculty's interdisciplinary Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences. The second year is partly spent in a relevant university department abroad and is devoted to the initial drafting of the thesis. The third year is entirely spent completing the thesis.

Graduates will be able to compete successfully for positions as researchers (in public and private universities and research centers), skilled professionals and consultants in sociology to public agencies and international organizations and institutions in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Several of our recent graduates have obtained positions in important international universities (University of Amsterdam, King's College London, University of Essex, EmLyon Business schoool, Middlesex University). 

In 2013, the well-established doctorate in Sociology of the University of Milan made an agreement with the University of Turin and gave rise to the current PhD programme in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research. The Programme was thus enriched with further skills and research fields, and reinforced its position among the leading programs in Italy in terms of doctoral excellence.

Since 2014-2015, the PhD programme in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research (SOMET) has offered PhD positions for joint degrees with two LERU partner universities – University of Amsterdam and Lund University.

For the cycle starting in 2018-19, one scholarship for a joint degree with the University of Amsterdam is available.

Joint degree with University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research - AISSR)
For this PhD position (3 years) we consider projects in the area of social media and citizenship. This could refer to political participation, the interplay between everyday life practices and the digital public sphere and new forms of citizenship around, for example, health or care.

 

The research areas covered by the PhD Programme in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research (Universities of Milan and Turin) comprise:

Cultural Processes: Body and Consumer Culture; Emotions; Everyday life; Intercultural Relations; Lifestyles; Multiculturalism; Youth Cultures.

Media and the Public Sphere: Citizenship; Digital Media; Language and Communication; Public Opinion; Social Media and Political Participation; Social Movements.

Methodology of Social Research: Applied Multivariate Analysis; Digital Methods; Ethnography; Epistemology of Social Research; Qualitative and Quantitative Methods; Statistics and Mathematics for the Social Sciences.

Social Inequalities and demographic change: Childhood and Children; Family and Welfare; Gender; Health; Intergenerational Relationships; International Migration; Poverty and Social Exclusion; Social Inequalities.

Urban Spaces: City and Urban Life; Gentrification; Modernization and Local Development; Space and Mobilities; Urban Ethnography.

For each of these sociological areas/topics, the PhD Programme places particular emphasis on the integration of theories and methods.

 

A more detailed list of research topics and possible supervisors within SOMET is available here:

SOMET Research topics 2018 

 

 

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