180 credits - 3 years
Day schedule - In French
Francophone Certification Framework : 6
Internship : NO
Activities in other languages : optional
Due to the importance of multilingualism in a society increasingly open to the world, the Saint-Louis - Bruxelles campus offers bilingual and trilingual programmes in sociology and anthropology, spread over three years of study. Two programmes are offered: either bilingual French/English, or trilingual French/Dutch/English, with 3 to 4 course units in the target language(s) per year of study.
Completing a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology in a bilingual French-English programme is an asset for your future studies and your professional and social endeavours in a multicultural world, whether in Brussels, elsewhere in Belgium or abroad.
The bilingual French-English bachelor's programme in sociology and anthropology at the Saint-Louis - Bruxelles campus allows you to take part of your programme in English: each year, 3 courses are taught entirely in English.
Sociology and anthropology originate from the desire of modern societies to know more about themselves and about other societies, and to be able to influence their own actions. The approach adopted by sociologists and anthropologists combines a capacity for analysis with an awareness of concrete realities (through survey techniques, field studies, etc.). It is both rigorous and creative.
The field of study of these two disciplines is extremely vast: social change, gender relations, power, inequalities, globalisation, multiculturalism, cities and mobility, beliefs, family, sexuality, new media, social networks, ecological issues, health and well-being, etc.
From fundamental research to support in the decision-making process (consulting) and service to society, these two disciplines address a wide range of issues. In a world in constant turmoil, the knowledge and skills of sociologists and anthropologists are more relevant than ever.
Would you like to understand the issues and social and cultural transformations in contemporary societies? Would you like to be an agent of change? An open mind, an interest in human relations, discovering the diversity of cultures and foreign languages, intellectual curiosity and constant attention to current events are basic prerequisites for sociology and anthropology students.
You have a basic knowledge of English, allowing you to take courses in English. There is no selection process for multilingual programmes.
- However, a written language test is held at the beginning of the year. It is used as a guide to assess language skills and to recommend or advise against a bilingual or trilingual programme.
- In the event of difficulties, there is the option to return to the unilingual programme in French, with language courses.
Your future job
Sociologists and anthropologists are valued for their ability to analyse the world we live in, while helping to solve the problems or reduce the tensions which arise in societies marked by change, complexity and diversity.
- Social intervention and political sphere (at local, regional, federal, European or international level)
- Organisations, associations and public authorities in the fields of youth aid, social action, migration, the environment, gender relations, employment, citizen participation, etc.
- Expertise (ministerial office, private consultancy, decision support)
- Political and economic (spatial planning and mobility management, migration flows, social and healthcare policies, precariousness and mental health, security and protection, etc.)
- Survey agencies, opinion polls, marketing services
- Associations and culture, social movements, feminist and solidarity organisations
- Staff services, human resources management, labour sciences
- Intercultural professions (at local level – mediation, interface, etc. – but also at global level – in companies or international organisations – involving the intersection of cultures: translation or facilitation functions, etc.)
- Development cooperation, humanitarian aid, non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- New professions linked to cultural innovation and communication (advertising, cyberculture, social networks, information management, etc.)
- Education and research
Depending on their fields of specialisation and their master's degree, internship and bachelor's dissertation, sociologists and anthropologists can work in a wide range of fields, focusing on new or even 'offbeat' subjects or current issues: new forms of inequality and precariousness, gender relations, the effects of capitalism on individual life, globalisation and multiculturalism, the internet and social networks, ecological issues, different modes of consumption, norms related to 'well-being' and 'personal fulfilment', transformations in gender relations and issues related to sexuality, changes in beliefs and religious practices, spatial mobility, new ways of living and coexisting in a neighbourhood, work flexibility, family instability, etc.
The bilingual French-English bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology is a first-cycle programme (a 'transition' bachelor's degree), consisting of 180 credits spread over three years (60 credits per year).
The programme covers four main areas:
- a solid multidisciplinary background in the humanities, with introductory courses in the main disciplines of the humanities and social sciences (philosophy, history, economics, law, political science, psychology, sociology and anthropology)
- an increasingly specialised background in sociology and anthropology: (analysis of sociological theories, sociology of culture, special issues in anthropology, political sociology, analysis of public action, socio-anthropology of symbolics, analysis and theories of power, sociology of collective action, urban change and policies, etc.)
- a methodological background in the form of courses and seminars covering a range of qualitative and quantitative methods in the humanities and social sciences (approach and methods in the social sciences, field methods, quantitative methods, etc.)
- quality language instruction.
In the bilingual French-English bachelor's programme in sociology and anthropology, three subjects (courses) per year are taught in English.
- First year: Political science, Geopolitics, Communication science
- Second year: Law and religion, Economics 1, Economics 2
- Third year: Society and Environment, International Communications, Ethics and the Economy
The courses are taught by native English speakers or faculty members who have completed all or part of their university studies in English. In addition, students continue to perfect their language skills by taking English and/or Dutch courses in first, second and third year.
Furthermore, during the second term of the third year, students may take part in an Erasmus exchange at a university in Europe, Asia, North America or South America, whose programmes are taught in a language other than French. Another option is for students who pass the June exam session to apply for a summer language study grant in Flanders or abroad.
Pursuing a dual bachelor's degree
Our dual bachelor's degrees are one of the special features of UCLouvain Saint-Louis - Bruxelles.
Students can take a second bachelor's degree, in tandem with their main bachelor's degree. This means that they complete their main programme with a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 125 additional credits spread over several years. The additional bachelor's degree can be completed after the main bachelor's degree. A series of courses taken as part of the main programme count towards the additional bachelor's degree and are therefore no longer subject to assessment.
The dual bachelor's degree has the same value as the main bachelor's degree and provides immediate access to the corresponding master's degree.
The following second degrees are available:
- Bachelor in Philosophy [Dual Bachelor’s degree for the holder of a Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology]
- Bachelor in Law [Dual Bachelor’s degree for the holder of a Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology]
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