Sociology Sociology

Globalization has torn down walls, dissolved old hierarchies, and brought cultures closer together; however, this newfound cultural proximity has also created burning issues of integration and migration facing the EU and Denmark today.



This program is right for you if you study sociology, anthropology, political science, international relations, or related disciplines. You should have an interest in examining issues of immigration, integration, and social capital from a European perspective.


>> Cultural Diversity and Social Capital
Study the social, cultural, and political mechanisms lying at the heart of cultural conflicts from a European perspective. This course will explore the conflicts resulting from non-Western, mainly Muslim immigration to Denmark and Europe, as well as the uneasy liaison between Europe and Turkey. We will theoretically analyze concepts such as integration, assimilation, multiculturalism, recognition, cultural norms, identity, nationalism, and tolerance.

>> Sociology of Migration
Mass immigration - particularly, the question of how to control numbers - has been high on the European agenda for the past 15 years. The EU has been characterized as “Fortress Europe” with its particular emphasis on the securitization, surveillance, and externalization of European borders. You will explore the different national responses to mass immigration and how these reactions are connected to populism and nationalist sentiments are investigated.


DIS has over 200 elective courses for you to build your curriculum from after choosing your required core course. You have to opportunity to focus on your major or diversify by selecting any combination of courses based on your needs. Click here for electives related to sociology and anthropology, amongst others.

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Going to Turkey on our week-long study tour was one of the most incredible things I have ever done - Turkey’s culture is far from anything I’ve known before…

In Denmark, social trust is very high while Turkey is quite the opposite. In order to study this contrast, our class met with different religious and political groups in Istanbul. One of our most interesting meetings was with the AK Party, currently in power in Turkey, as well as a visit to a women’s shelter.

Madeline Berkman Middlebury College

Why Study Sociology in Denmark?

Denmark is facing an increasing number of migrants from non-Western societies. Traditionally a homogeneous welfare state, Denmark is struggling to deal with the new minorities and the challenge of successful integration. Issues of cultural conflicts and their effects on the social cohesion of Danish society are inevitable, and Copenhagen is the classroom in which students will observe and challenge their own opinions on the social, political, and cultural implications of these conflicts.

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