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Cultural Sociology in Law, Power and Social Justice

Master (2 years) of Cultural Sociology in Law, Power and Social Justice, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Esbjerg
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4250 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Societal organisation and power structures influence the capacity of social justice and the efficacy of social change. Students in the programme will engage sociological, anthropological and legal theory in a hands-on environment.

Career Opportunities  

The programme seeks to meet the growing need for employees that are able to bridge gaps between different sectors in society and between case worker and client. It will support a career within public administration agencies, ministries, organizations and prison services where existing or new laws as well as social projects are formulated and implemented.

About the programme

There is a growing need for developing the organisation of society including its legal system and power structures in order to cope with social changes and secure social justice. This master programme provides you with qualified interdisciplinary skills that enable you to investigate and act on problems related to the relationship between law and society. Furthermore, you will get an insight to how the legal system is challenged by social changes and different types of meetings between cultures, professions, sectors and institutions.  

It has a practice-oriented approach where you will learn advanced methodological skills of interviewing, statistics and field research. Moreover, you will learn about a set of methodological tools for evaluating the effects of legislative initiatives as well as the cooperation between authorities, organisations and citizens.  

Based in Campus Esbjerg, the Master has four semesters over two years. Three terms consist of compulsory and elective courses while the final term is devoted to writing the Master’s thesis. In the third semester, students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme with a partner university or pursue a relevant internship in Denmark or abroad.


To be admitted to this programme you must hold a bachelor degree equivalent to the Bachelor of Science in Sociology & Cultural  Analysis offered at SDU. Students with a bachelor degree in one of the other Social Sciences and from the Humanities or with a professional bachelor’s degree (e.g. social worker, police officer, primary school teacher) will be evaluated and decided by the Study Board. 

Students with a bachelor degree in one of the other Social Sciences (e.g. Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and Law) and from the Humanities (e.g. Communication, Religion, Journalism, and History) will be evaluated and decided by the Study Board.

Students with a professional bachelor’s degree (e.g. social worker, police officer, primary school teacher) will be evaluated and decided by the Study Board.

In addition, you need to document your proficiency in English.
You can read more about English Language Requirements here.

Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact [your institution] directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn - EU/EEA and Swiss citizens

Application date
Apr 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01