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Åbo Akademi University Master's Degree Programme in Social Exclusion
Åbo Akademi University

Master's Degree Programme in Social Exclusion

Turku, Finland

2 Years


Full time

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EUR 10,000 / per year *


* 10000€/year for students from non-EU/EEA countries


In the midst of today’s rapidly evolving societies, the number of people suffering from a combination of poverty, deprivation of legal rights, and cultural as well as 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, resulting in stigmatisation or discrimination.

Against this global background, students on this programme learn the principles of coexistence and explore tools for analysing social exclusion from a multidisciplinary and global perspective. They also evaluate strategies that promote better social awareness and inclusion. At the same time, the programme 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 wider perspective based in the humanities, anchored in subjects such as Global History, Theological Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy, Gender Studies, Study of Religions 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 a Master of Arts, depending on their previous studies and the area of specialisation chosen upon commencement of the programme.



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