Doctorate in Social Sciences

  Accredited by the Mexican Postgraduate Quality Program SEP-CONACYT (PNPC)

(Scholarships for Foreing Students)

 


PROGRAM NAME: Doctorate in Social Sciences


General Office of Professions (DGP) Code: 241601

Typical time to degree: 6 semesters

Credits: 225

Degree conferred: Doctor of Social Sciences

Campus where it is offered: Hermosillo

 


DESCRIPTION OF THE DEGREE PROGRAM


General Objective

To train researchers capable of designing and managing original projects and research groups which address social problems on a regional, national and global level.

Specific Objectives

  • To develop skills and competencies for designing, evaluating and managing of original social research projects.
  • To build graduates’ competencies for the training of professionals (researchers and evaluators) in the Social Sciences field.
  • To form individuals capable of evaluating projects and strategies based on multidisciplinary social research, aimed at solving real problems in the regional and national context.
  • To promote interdisciplinary research in Social Sciences, establishing the bases for their effective, controlled and productive integration into various areas of social knowledge.
  • To form professionals capable of working, refining and evaluating multidisciplinary Social Science research projects designed to satisfy the demands of information.
  • To promote interdisciplinary research in Social Sciences, establishing the bases for their integration as complex knowledge, linking related areas such as those that are cultivated at the divisional level.

 


WHAT COMPETENCIES WILL I HAVE ACQUIRED BY THE END OF THIS PROGRAM?


Graduate Profile

KNOWLEDGE

  • Graduates will master hypotheses and theoretical-methodological foundations of multi and interdisciplinary research processes, projecting them onto action guidelines aimed at solving socially relevant problems.
  • They will be capable of drawing diagnoses which allow them to identify and intervene in situations and problems that call for analytical strategies and interdisciplinary operational modes.
  • They will be able to design and conduct multi and interdisciplinary research projects, applying their techniques, communication strategies and solutions in the different fields that demand it.
  • They will have the conceptual tools that allow them to sustain valid and operative scientific argumentations in the different disciplinary fields, which allows them, upon completion of their research project, to identify and propose an explanatory theoretical model of a social reality and/or issue, using an inter and/or multidisciplinary approach.

SKILLS

  • Graduates will develop negotiation skills and abilities for the coordination of multidisciplinary research and work groups.
  • They will be able to take the production of the information obtained in multidisciplinary research to those who need it for the creation of complex solutions.
  • They will use qualitative/quantitative research methodologies for the development of research projects that propose explicative models of the approached social phenomenon.
  • They will be able to publish books, theoretical essays or empirical science articles, give lectures and teach or tutor for topics pertaining to the various dimensions and dynamics of the integration of scientific knowledge in Social Sciences.

At its conclusion, this Doctorate program hopes to furnish society with researchers trained in integrative strategies for methodologies, techniques and research models in Social Sciences, capable of creating original, innovative and critical projects in the study field of the Comprehensive Postgraduate Program's various research lines. Graduates will address, on one hand, the discussion and most recent contributions of Social Sciences and, on the other hand, the study of phenomena which are fundamental for social development.

Graduates from the program will have in-depth knowledge of social theories that explain social phenomena. They will also have the knowledge to develop multidisciplinary social research and the necessary practice to propose specific solutions for concrete problems. Graduates will apply their knowledge for the benefit of society, preserving sound principles to guarantee the conditions for peaceful discharge of social life and influencing those around them with a spirit of permanent improvement and respect for human life and dignity. The Comprehensive Social Sciences Postgraduate program will contribute to the development of science professionals of the highest level and will promote the rigorous analysis of current phenomena, by training researchers so that, based on the study of the most significant national and regional problems, they carry out critical analysis of their disciplines and make theoretical and methodological proposals that are well-informed, solid, original and multidisciplinary.

 


PLAN OF STUDIES


Curriculum Map

Course Name (code)

No. of Credits, No. of Class Hrs., No. of Practice Hrs.

 

Semester VI: Elective IV, Graduation Seminar II.

Semester V: Elective III, Graduation Seminar I, Qualitative Methods II.

Semester IV: Elective II, Research Seminar IV, Quantitative Methods II.

Semester III: Elective I, Research Seminar III, Qualitative Methods I.

Semester II: Contemporary Social Theory, Research Seminar II, Quantitative Methods I.

Semester I: Classic Social Theory, Research Seminar I, Social Research Methodology.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

Globalization and Social Processes

Public Health and Communication

Political Culture

Migration and Social Mobility

Educational Paradigms

Studies for the Knowledge society

Institutional Change and Governability

Global and Contemporary History

Violence, Criminality and Security

Models in Education

Education for Sustainability

Legislation and Public Policies

 

Cultural History

Diversity and Gender

Educational Strategies

Communication Practices in Latin America

Family Studies

Public Policies in Education

Course List

Research Seminar I

Social Research Methodology

Classical Social Theory

Research Seminar II

Quantitative Methods I

Contemporary Social Theory

Research Seminar III

Qualitative Methods I

Elective I

Research Seminar IV

Quantitative Methods II

Elective II

Graduation Seminar I

Qualitative Methods II

Elective III

Graduation Seminar II

Elective IV

Elective Courses

Globalization and Social Processes

Studies for the Knowledge society 

Education for Sustainability

Communication and Public Health 

Governability and Institutional Change 

Legislation and Public Policies

Political Culture   

Global and Contemporary History 

Cultural History

Communication Practices in Latin America

Migration and Social Mobility 

Violence, Criminality and Security 

Diversity and Gender 

Family Studies 

Educational Paradigms 

Models in Education 

Educational Strategies 

Public Policies in Education

 


LINES OF GENERATION AND/OR APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROGRAM


1. Emergent Social Problems in Culture and Ethno-development. Central themes of this line are cultural confrontation, memory and human communication; aspects which, according to Hobsbawm (2008), are as important a part of global capitalism today as the flow of goods and capital. Under this logic, the necessary scope of investigation is taken care of, which has to do with the identity, multiculturalism and regional social practices related to the collective memory and the limits of understanding between social groups with conflicting interests (Hernández, 2003). In the complicated transnational vicinity environment between Arizona and Sonora, with open cultural confrontations, multiethnic migration and groups of armed civilians on the North American side, the addressed topics are of vital importance; the above can be explained by expressions of racism, especially the deaths of undocumented migrants for almost a decade (Humane Borders, 2010). Many regional social phenomena, such as the seasonal migration described above, arise as unforeseeable emergencies, which is why this line is intended to react quickly in the study of non-cyclical and auto-instituting social phenomena.

2. Social Development and Educational Processes. Their field of convergence covers topics such as family, social exclusion and the study of marginalization, as they are considered relevant and conflicting aspects in the Latin American environment (Sánchez, 2008); local manifestations which, according to national specialists, force an interdisciplinary monitoring by region, should not be excluded (Núñez, 2010). Given the size of the problem, it is of particular interest for the state of Sonora to address population ageing and the ways in which the family must be modified to face this issue, as it has been determined that by the year 2030, 17 percent of Sonora's population will be elderly (Grijalva et al. 2007). Along with this, investigating forms access to education, achievement and educative reforms will be addressed with special attention. Opportunity areas identified as critical in the national environment by international evaluation entities are thereby addressed (CERI, 2004), and it is intended to also establish an influence environment with proposals arising from scientific research for the improvement of regional-global education processes in environments marked by the growing demand for education, inequality in competition, in access, and the education lag of minorities (Martínez, 2002).  The priority of this LGAC (Line of Generation and Application of Knowledge, acronym in Spanish) is visible in the multitude of challenges the State of Sonora will face in the immediate future.

3. Globalization and Sustainability.  The LGAC of globalization and sustainability addresses problems of the individual in the environment, the city and its behavior. To agree with international authors (Jorgensen, 2003) and regional specialists (Wong-González, 2009), the Latin American case is understood here as an area of opportunity that can be only be understood and approached if the structural levels are studied altogether; that is to say, nature, the community and the individual. Contemporary research suggests that Sonora, with more than 16% of migrant population, suffers from the effects of accelerated growth in the fields of global tourism which, although it generates income, does not result in ecological awareness or in the acquisition of competitive advantages for the average citizen (Enríquez, 2008). Problems such as the critical water shortage, growth of cities, pollution of the soil and air, depletion of natural resources, and the ecological, social and economic consequences of climate change, increasingly characterize Sonora's environment. Research in this LGAC approaches said problems from the perspective of sustainable lifestyles and environmental design (Corral, 2010). Public policies also problematize security, legislation and public service. As has been suggested (Bañón, 2003), topics such as violence, governability and employment demand research capable of informing decision makers of the guidelines to follow in order to face socially sensible and immediate problems. Scientific research and the applicability of its data are decisive, in the context of a region characterized by volatile migration, gender-related crimes and an unequal economic growth, resulting in exclusion (Denman, 2001).

 


CORE FACULTY


Name

 LGAC.

Email

Dr. Víctor Corral Verdugo

3

vcorral@psicom.uson.mx

Dr. Martha Frías Armenta

2 and 3

martha.frias@unison.mx

Dr. Daniel González Lomelí

2

daniel.lomeli@unison.mx

Dr. Gustavo Lorenzana Durán

2

gustavo.lorenzana@unison.mx

Dr. Blanca Aurelia Valenzuela

1 and 2

blancav@sociales.uson.mx

Dr. Lucila Caballero Gutiérrez

2

lucila.caballero@unison.mx

Dr. Gustavo Adolfo León Duarte

1 and 2

gustavo.leon@unison.mx

Dr. Manuela Guillén Lúgigo

1 and 2

mguillen@sociales.uson.mx

Dr. Aarón Aurelio Grageda Bustamante

1 and 3

aaron.grageda@unison.mx

Dr. Blanca Silvia Fraijo Sing

1 and 3

blanca.fraijo@unison.com.mx

Dr. Emilia Castillo Ochoa

2

aaron.grageda@unison.mx

Dr. Jesús Ángel Enríquez Acosta

1 and 3

jesus.enriquez@unison.mx

Dr. César Octavio Tapia Fonllem

1 and 3

cesar.tapia@unison.mx

Dr. Rogelio Larios Velasco

2

rlarios@sociales.uson.mx

Dr. Juan Manuel Romero Gil

1 and 2

juanmanuel.romero@unison.mx

Dr. Dora Elvia Enríquez Licón

3

dora.enriquez@unison.mx

Dr. José Guadalupe Rodríguez Gutiérrez

3

jose.rodriguezgutierrez@unison.mx

Dr. María Auxiliadora Moreno Valenzuela

1 and 2

maria.moreno@unison.mx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


HOW DO I ENROLL IN THIS GRADUATE PROGRAM?


Entrance requirements

  • Have a master's degree in Social Sciences or related fields. The original document must be presented within the first two months after the doctorate starting date.
  • Have passed, with a grade average equal to or greater than 80, all courses in their master's degree plan of studies.
  • Pass an English exam equivalent to TOEFL with a minimum of 500 points.
  • Complete the EXANI-III (CENEVAL) entrance examination, obtaining the minimum score established by the Postgraduate Degree's Academic Commission.
  • Hold and pass an interview with the Selection-Entrance Academic Commission.
  • Present a general proposal of interdisciplinary research in one of the lines that integrate the Doctorate in Social Sciences Program
  • Be an author or co-author of at least two scientific papers in an indexed Research Journal or book chapters in recognized editorials.
  • Submit the entrance application for the Doctorate in Social Sciences Program. The application is available online in the postgraduate program's website (www.pics.uson.mx). The application must establish the research line the applicant wishes to be integrated into (submit printed application with the other documents).

 

Applicant Profile

Applicants must have a master's degree in any discipline of the Social Sciences or related fields. Students must dedicate themselves full-time with a professional commitment to fulfill the activities demanded by the postgraduate program. Preference will be given to applicants who prove experience in research activities in any of the academic areas pertaining to the doctorate. Also, it is an entrance requirement that the research topic pertains to local, regional or national issues; this does not imply the exclusion of projects with international impact, as it emanates from a systematic and global vision that recognizes the two-way interaction between local and global matters. Even if, for curricular and academic organization purposes, three lines of generation and/or application of knowledge are presented, the Comprehensive Social Sciences Postgraduate program's approach to addressing social problems shall be flexible and consider an area of opportunity to broaden the research lines or core topics defined so far.

 


WHAT DO I NEED TO GRADUATE?


Graduation requirements

To obtain the doctorate degree, the student must:

  • Successfully complete all course credits and satisfy the other requirements established in the corresponding graduate program;
  • Certify comprehension of a language other than Spanish, as established by the Graduate Academic Committee of the respective study program.
  • Successfully pass the comprehensive exams in their written and oral components before an ex-profeso appointed committee.
  • For the doctor degree, pass a general knowledge exam, if required by the postgraduate program.
  • Comply with the provisions and requirements established by the Department of Academic Services for the issuance of the degree.

 

Degree options

Successfully pass the comprehensive exams in their written and oral components, in the terms set forth by Articles 61 and 62 of the University of Sonora Graduate Studies Regulations. The written phase of the doctorate degree examination will consist of the development of an individual thesis, which shows original research that allows for the furthering of knowledge in the areas or fields of knowledge, linked in a multidisciplinary fashion, methodology, which can also be information whose quality can serve to implement complex solutions by social intervention professionals. Present and defend the corresponding thesis before the designated Thesis Committee, based on the project developed with the guidance of their Thesis Advisor and other committee members.

 


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STUDY THIS GRADUATE DEGREE?


Cost of the National Graduate School Entrance Exam (EXANI-III)

The applicant registration fee to study at the University of Sonora is published every year along with the new student admission announcement. See last year's information: http://www.pics.uson.mx/

 

Enrollment and tuition fees

Pursuant to the Fee Regulation, when enrolling in one of the University of Sonora’s graduate degree programs, students must pay all corresponding fees based on the current minimum wage in the city of Hermosillo. See last year's information: fees and discounts per course http://www.serviciosescolares.uson.mx

 

Infrastructure Fees

45 DSMM (this item's cost and its half-yearly amount is in process of authorization by the General Treasury of the University of Sonora).

Please note: Program Coordinators may nominate accepted applicants for a national CONACYT (National Council for Science and Technology) scholarship, provided they meet the requirements established by that agency. The number of scholarships to be awarded will be subject to the budgetary availability of CONACYT. The order of precedence will be determined based on the hierarchy resulting from the average score of the admission process.

 


FURTHER INFORMATION


Dr. Blanca Silvia Fraijo Sing

Program Coordinator

Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio y Reforma s/n, Col. Centro, C.P. 83000, Edificio 7F. Hermosillo, Sonora.

pics@sociales.uson.mx

Tel: +52 (662) 454 8410

http://www.pics.uson.mx/