Scope of the Program

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program research proposals submitted by the students are considered primarily by creativity, originality, innovation and relevanc of public policy. Disciplinary frameworks have less siginificance. Familiarity with literature, keeping pace with new international trends, however, are expected.

The scope of the program covers the following fields:

  • Theories of dynamic sociology, chaos, fuzzy logics, fractals in society

  • Artificial society, simulation of social processes

  • Advanced methods of social research, diffusion of databases, analysis of real time real data, datawarehouses, data mining, model building, prediction, public policy planning, business intelligence

  • Qulitative methods of social research, deliberation techniques of public opinion research, focus groups, on line methods of social research

  • New institutional economics, the theory of property rights and transaction costs, public choice, evolutionary economics, experimental trends in economics, cognitive economics, new economic history, new comparative economics.

  • Approaches of cultural anthropology, sociology of fringes, anomia, cultural boundaries, social construction of groups, challenges of globalization, identity politics

  • Quantitative methods of comparative sociological research, secondary analysis of major international cooperative research (WVS, EVS, WIP, ISSP, OECD), contextual analysis

  • Network analysis, small worlds, effects of new communication technologies on social structure, new social ineqialities