PhD in sociocultural studies


Program Description

The Center for Social Sciences and Humanities presents the syllabus of the Doctorate in Sociocultural Studies (previous denomination, Doctorate in Social Sciences and Humanities), with a focus on the training of researchers, to offer a quality postgraduate, transdisciplinary and flexible option. This curriculum derives not only from the needs detected in society, but also takes into account the lines of research currently carried out by the Academic Bodies at our Center.

The student will have a thesis tutor named from the first semester who will ensure a personalized attention that will guide him to organize, plan and develop his protocol, besides giving him the possibility to develop his skills and generate his own needs to face the problematic of its line of research and that will develop in the course of the thesis workshops. The student, together with his tutor, will be able to select optional subjects from the set of subjects that each line of the program offers to complement his training in the chosen line. The tutor may also recommend the mobility and conduct of research stays at the national level and of international preference for curricular courses and research activities that contribute to the quality of research conducted by the student. It should be noted that the electives that are described in the curricular structure derived from the LGAC are enunciative and not limiting.

The Doctorate offers the following lines of knowledge generation and application:

  • Socio-cultural processes.
  • Politics, urban and labor processes.
  • Social and cultural history.
  • Communication and languages


To train researchers in socio-cultural studies that are placed in the current discussions in the field, capable of generating knowledge of quality recognized by their peers in the chosen research topics and that influence the understanding of social and cultural problems.

Egress's profile

Knowledge of :

  • The central concepts in the framework of theories of social action.
  • The central concepts in the framework of theories of culture.
  • Logic, processes and research strategies in the field of sociocultural studies.
  • The main techniques of data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • The state of the art and the contemporary debates within the LGAC and the themes chosen to carry out its thesis.

Skills :

  • Generate quality academic texts.
  • Insert in current discussions in the field.
  • Train researchers.
  • Design basic and applied research projects.

Attitudes :

  • Opening for work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Commitment to the study and analysis of social problems, and willingness to contribute to their solution.
  • Criticisms aimed at opening alternatives in the field.
  • Innovation and creativity expressed in their capacity to generate research proposals.

Values :

  • Intellectual honesty.
  • Recognition and respect for socio-cultural diversity.
  • Epistemological evaluation of the eyes of social actors.
  • Respect for intellectual positions other than one's own.

Requirements for obtaining the degree

1 Have at least one scientific paper that disseminates the results of the thesis (published or in the process of opinion). It will be encouraged that the article be elaborated in collaboration doctor-tutor.

2. Accreditation of the Predoctoral Examination whose objective is the verification of the quality of the thesis work so that it is able to be publicly defended in the examination of degree. It must be done once the student has covered all subjects and activities of the curriculum and has a final draft of the work (product of the sixth semester) and has obtained a minimum average of 8 (eight).

For its accomplishment the Academic Council will assign a committee to him consisting of five members: the three members of its tutorial committee, and two academics more; it is desirable that at least one be external to the UAA. The results will define the next step. These might be:

  • Accredited: The thesis will be printed in order to take the degree examination. Approval of the five members of the committee will be required.
  • Accredited with recommendations: The student will proceed to resolve the questions and make the necessary corrections in the term that the Committee indicates.
  • Non-accredited: The student will follow the recommendations made to improve his work and may re-submit this examination for a second time, in terms of the General Teaching Regulations. The student will have as limit the year that the regulation establishes for the titulación, time in which it will have to incorporate the recommendations, to return to present the pre-doctoral examination, to carry out procedures and to obtain the degree.

3 Completion of the degree examination consisting of public defense of the thesis for the award of the doctor degree, in accordance with the regulations of the UAA.

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