Academic Offer

Research Master's Programs - Political Sociology 2019-2021


Modality: face-to-face


Train researchers with adequate theoretical and methodological tools to understand the political processes of Ecuador and Latin America from an interdisciplinary, historical and comparative perspective. The program recovers a long intellectual tradition of Latin American social sciences that studies the relationships between social structures, political institutions and socio-political movements that accompany state building and democratic dynamics in the region.

Who is it for?

To professionals of the Social Sciences, communication, law, humanities and related areas, with a profile oriented to teaching, research and political analysis. We are looking for students who wish to consolidate their theoretical, analytical and methodological skills to understand Latin American sociopolitical processes. Applications from provincial students and public universities will be eligible for scholarship policies in the system.

Occupational field

The acquired training lays the foundations for an academic career (teaching and research) and for professional performance as analysts of social and political processes in Ecuador and Latin America. Graduates may continue their professional life in academic institutions, social organizations, political institutions or in public administration. They will also be suitable for admission to doctoral programs.

Curriculum structure

In order to get a Master’s degree, students must complete 64 credits in total, divided in:

  • 12 courses of four credits each with a total of 48 credits
  • A research workshop of twelve credits
  • 4 credits for the production and presentation of the master's thesis.
Class schedule
Monday to Friday from 07h00 to 09h00. Some courses can be taught from Monday to Thursday from 17h00 to 20h00.



Formación general
Teoría política
Teoría social contemporánea
Estructuras sociales y dinámicas de poder
Estado, sociedad y política

Área metodológica Lógicas de conocimiento en ciencias sociales
Métodos de Sociología política 1
Métodos de Sociología política 2
Talleres de tesis I, II y III

Área de especialización
Acción colectiva y movimientos sociales
Construcción estatal en América Latina
Regímenes de acumulación y ciudadanías

Optativas del programa** Sociedad civil, participación y ciudadanía
Sociología de las prácticas políticas
Ideología, cultura y discurso
Sociología histórica y comparada
Cambio, conflicto y violencia política
Procesos democráticos contemporáneos en América Latina

* Certain matters might be subject to changes.
** The students in addition can choose for the set of courses that offer FLACSO's different educational programs.

Lines of investigation

  • State configurations and power dynamics
  • Social inequalities, citizenship and political structures
  • Collective action, political conflict and democratic processes

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent certification by a duly certified higher education institution.
  • Ability to read and understand texts in English.
  • Have the means to finance the studies and study them with due dedication.
  • Completion of an academic aptitude exam.
  • Comply with all the specific requirements of the teaching program to which you apply and those indicated in the 'Application process' section of the online application form.

Entry Process

All applicants will enter a selection process. Through the website:, applicants must complete the application online, attach all required documentation and send it to FLACSO Ecuador. Selected applicants will be interviewed by FLACSO professors.

Stipend scholarships and financial assistance

FLACSO Ecuador has a scholarship and financial assistance policy for students admitted into its Master's programs. The policy is shaped by criteria of academic performance and by the socio-economic situation of the applicants.


  • Application Deadline: until May 31, 2019
  • Entrance exam: June 15
  • Interviews to preselected: from June 24 to July 5
  • Admission information: July 18
  • Admission decisions: August 15
  • Registration period: from September 19 to October 3
  • Extraordinary registrations: October 4 to 18
  • First day of classes: October 21, 2019