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Bachelor’s degree in Applied Sociology


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Social Sciences and Law


240. One ECTS credit represents 25 hours of work as a student.


Eight semesters (four years).



Undergraduate Degree in Applied Sociology Report


Competences and job opportunities

This Undergraduate Degree course aims to produce graduates capable of understanding and explaining the social realities of the modern-day world. Sociologists are professionals capable of developing and using evidence-based theoretical resources in order to enhance our scientific knowledge of societies and contribute to their well-being.

This means providing students with the capacity to critically analyse the processes and dynamics of specialisation and institutionalisation which define our present. Consequently, the objective of the qualification is both to equip students with the ability to produce explanatory and analytical frameworks addressing how our societies work and to come up with practical innovation and social intervention proposals.

The educational profile of the degree aims to meet the growing demand for professionals specialising in the analysis and production of meaningful information on emerging social trends, public policies and the management of new forms of social complexity.

Current processes of change (social appropriation of the technological revolution, demographic patterns and family models, growing social heterogeneity, new forms of social organisation, emerging audiences and new communication processes, local development strategies, etc.) are, therefore, fundamental objects of analysis in the degree programme.

Two different specialisms are available:

·        Trend analysis

·        Social innovation policy

The competences of these specialisms are:

A. Trend analysis

Trend analysts possess a set of knowledge and competences which allows them to detect new social dynamics, pinpoint the chief trendsetters and agents involved, and identify the spheres which provide them with a means of institutional crystallisation. They also provide keys to interpreting trends in social change (in technology, culture, politics, economics, etc.) and particularly new online communication processes, social networks and lifestyles.

They tend to work in one of three basic lines of work: social market research, opinion surveying and social studies, particularly when a comprehensive approach is required.

Other emerging areas include: marketing, civil participation, gender, observatories, cooperation and NGOs, urbanology, health, tourism, culture, coaching, sociology in the police force, technology, linguistics, innovation, sexuality, consumption, branding, commercial marketing strategies, application of communication strategies in all types of organisation and studying the behaviour, attitudes and opinions of different groups and market segments.

B. Social innovation policy

·        Specialist in work organisations, in their design and development in order to achieve greater efficiency and adapt to the environment, and in strategic planning in a range of areas (such as developing human resources, managing talent, implementing marketing strategies and evaluating quality systems). There are opportunities of this kind in both the public and private sectors. 

·        Specialist in the design, implementation and evaluation of policies of different kinds: employment and work, social security, health, demography, the environment, urban and land planning, local development, culture, education and leisure, social exclusion, equality, services for families, care for the elderly and dependency, social impact of economic policies and public resource management. 

The job areas in which these professional skills are relevant include: advising or working in local, regional, national or international government; the upper management of public institutions or organisations with a high-profile public presence or high degree of public participation (civil associations, professional associations, trade unions, companies, foundations, institutes, universities); the most consolidated positions for specialists of this kind (public policy managers, coordinators, officers and technical staff) are in the civil service, service-sector associations and organisations, consultancy services, research institutes and bureaus, and not-for-profit organisations (NGOs and social movements). 

New posts responsible for handling the development instruments and aid provided by different governmental bodies are also coming into being, such as local development agent, economic promotion officer, European programme manager, tourism development promoter, and cultural heritage officer.


Teaching languages used

The core language is Spanish.

Students may, however, take some modules in Basque, depending on availability:

·         Modules available in Basque


Application and admission

Students should:

·        Be mature and balanced, and interested in ensuring the well-being and psychological stability of individuals, groups or communities.

·        Be particularly interested in discovering, exploring and analysing human behaviour and the social environment.

·        Have a desire for personal advancement and responsibility, and a sense of ethics.

·        Be sensitive to the cultural diversity present in modern-day society.

·        Be interested in and have a flair for interpersonal communication and group leadership.

·        Have a sensitivity for language, particularly for the use of second languages.

·        See themselves as people interested in culture.

·        Have a capacity for synthesis, analysis, induction and deduction.

·        Be willing to acquire and understand knowledge from all social and human science disciplines, and, to a lesser extent, from the disciplines of law, economics and business studies.

·        Have a favourable attitude towards collaboration and team work.

·        Be ready to use computer tools.

·        Be civic-minded, particularly regarding human rights and the principles of equality and non-discrimination on the grounds of birth, race, sex, religion, opinion or any other personal or social status or circumstance.

·        Be interested in social progress, development and welfare.

·        Be interested in self-reliant learning.

 Find out about registering for this degree here:http://www1.unavarra.es/estudios/acceso-y-matricula


Teaching method

This Degree involves a variety of educational activities (lectures, participatory classes, practical classes, cooperative learning activities, group projects, self-reliant studying and work) which focus on developing general and specific competences based on a range of teaching methods (lectures, exercises and problem solving, learning based on case studies and problems, cooperative learning in small groups and project-based learning).

Formative continuous assessment is used to evaluate the competences defined for the Degree, based on learning outcomes which demonstrate acquisition, applying different assessment criteria depending on the type of activity performed.



Language competence

In order to be awarded the Degree, students must demonstrate level B1 competence in a foreign language (English, French, German or Italian) by means, at minimum, of one of the following:

The use of the relevant foreign language in the Report and defence of their Final Year Project. The Report must include a summary and one or more relevant chapters in the foreign language. Approximately 50% of the defence of the Final Year Project must be made in the foreign language. The rest of the report and defence may be in Spanish, Basque or the chosen foreign language.
Passing at least 3 modules taken in the chosen language.
Taking part in a mobility programme in the foreign language.
Passing a B1 test or accrediting the B1 level.


International and national movility

The Degree has foreign student exchange agreements with universities in: Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the UK, Turkey and Mexico.

Students may also take part in national and international virtual mobility programmes.


Further studies at the UPNA

Master’s in Change Dynamics in Advanced Modern Societies.


Types of students

  • Fulltime students: registering for a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 42 ECTS credits per semester.
  • Part-time students: registering for a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 24 ECTS credits per semester.
  • Reduced-timetable students: registering for a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 ECTS credits per semester.

In order to qualify for part-time student status, students must apply on registration and justify their application by means of proof of work activity or proof of other situations which they believe justify part-time status.


Support and monitoring

Find out all about academic matters (entry pathways, scholarships/grants, administrative procedures) in the Student Information Office

The Public University student support programme, the Tutorship Plan, assists students throughout their time at the university.



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Ubicación en el campus

Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales
Edificio Los Magnolios.
Campus de Arrosadia
31006 Pamplona-Iruña
Tel. (+34) 948 16 6204
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