In the midst of today’s rapidly evolving society, the number of people suffering from a combination of poverty, deprivation of legal rights, and cultural and social isolation is proving to be a growing global issue. This phenomenon known as ‘social exclusion’ is a complex condition that extends beyond economic disadvantage and poverty. It is a multifaceted process through which people lose political, legal, and social agency, and through which they are stigmatized or discriminated against.
With all of this in mind, this programme sets out to educate its students about the principles of coexistence and offers tools for analysing social exclusion from a multidisciplinary and global perspective. It teaches students to evaluate strategies that promote better social awareness and inclusion; and looks in-depth at the conditions that lead to social exclusion, its negative effects on society and to what degree different cultures are affected.
Students who engage fully with this programme will be able to critically reflect on social and cultural states from a larger perspective based in the humanities, and anchored in subjects such as history, ethics, philosophy, gender studies, theology and minority studies. Belief systems, trends, values, ideologies, power and social practices within society will also be given particular focus throughout the duration of this programme, allowing students to closely examine the factors that contribute to societal problems and how it might be possible to overcome these shortcomings.
Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be awarded with either a Master of Theology or Master of Arts, depending on their previous studies and the area of specialization chosen upon commencement of the programme. If you are interested in a specialization in Gender Studies, please read more about Master´s Degree Programme in Social Exlusion, Gender Studies.
Related Master’s Programmes
You might also be interested in our Master’s Programmes in Swedish, Master’s Programme in Culture, History and Philosophy (Magisterprogrammet i kultur, historia och filosofi) and Master’s Programme in Theology (Magisterprogrammet i teologi). Please note that these Master’s Programmes require good knowledge of Swedish.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion is especially suited to those looking to pursue careers in areas such as research, politics, equal opportunities policies and human rights institutions and organizations. As this course equips students with the skills needed to work in both national and international settings, graduates will find themselves open to a diverse range of opportunities in private and public sectors, as well as in non-governmental organizations and civil society. Additionally, skills developed throughout the duration of this programme are highly relevant in arts, writing, and media careers.
Programme specific requirements
The applicant applies directly to the Master’s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion, Master of Arts or to the Master’s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion, Master of Theology. All applicants must meet the academic and language requirements.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field that is equivalent to a Finnish university Bachelor’s degree (kandidatexamen). Applying students must provide a relevant BA in Comparative Religion, Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, Theology or an equivalent degree. As a rule of thumb the applicant should have the equivalence of 60 ECTS credits in the major subject. In addition, previous studies, relevant work and organisation experience, as well as other merits and qualifications can be taken into account. Student selection is made on the basis of application documents including a motivation letter and an interview (a maximum of 40 + 10 applicants are invited for an interview by Skype or in person) .
If the applicant is formally eligible for studies, the degree certificates and transcripts of records are always assessed individually by the academic board of the programme in order to determine whether the profile of the previous studies matches the academic requirements.
Applicants with a BA in Theology should apply to Master’s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion, Master of Theology, and later choose either Theological Ethics or Comparative Religion as a specialization to obtain a Master of Theology degree.
Applicants with a BA in other subjects (see Application process for more information about eligibility) should apply to Master’s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion, Master of Arts, and they will be able to choose any specialization apart from Theological Ethics.
All applicants must always prove their level of English language proficiency, in most cases by submitting one of the following English-language test scores to their application (the minimum requirements are listed below):
IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Scores in the Academic test with an average of 6.5, with no individual scores below 5.5. Even if an applicant has the minimum score required in the different sections, the applicant is not eligible if the required total score is not achieved. The results are valid for two years.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Total scores of at least 575 points in the paper-based test, or 90 in the Internet-based test (iBT). The Test of Written English (TWE) is required for those taking the paper-based TOEFL test. The results are valid for two years.
PTE Academic (Pearson’s test of English): Total score of at least 62 points. The results are valid for two years.
No other English proficiency test is accepted. For more information about how to submit the language test results and on the exceptions to the language requirements, please see the language requirements here. There is also information on in which cases applicants can be exempted from taking one of the language tests.
Students who do not have the above-mentioned test results can in the application apply for the right to be assessed separately by the coordinators of the Master´s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion. Only applicants who hold a degree that render them eligible for the program are preliminarily considered to be granted the right to get their level of proficiency in the English language assessed.
From this group of eligible applicants that have applied for the right to get their level of proficiency in English assessed only a maximum of 20 people are selected based on their scores on other criteria in the application process. They need to get a higher score than the applicant who is ranked lowest among the 20 applicants who hold an English proficiency test.
The level of proficiency in the English language is assessed during an interview. Authenticating the identity of the applicant is done by passport. The applicant must bring the same passport of which a copy has been submitted with the application. Coordinators visually assess that it is the same persons. The interviews are recorded.
Whether or not the applicant’s level of proficiency in English is high enough for participating in the program is assessed based on his or her speaking, listening and writing skills. The level of proficiency is assessed by the coordinators after the interview and based on the recording of the interview and a written text.
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