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Life Course Studies


The programme qualifies students for the analysis of fundamental characteristics and changes in the course of and passages of life. Epistemologically, it builds on the psychological tradition, referring to changes in the individual's experience, identity and social integration, as well as the sociological tradition, referring to social, institutional, structural changes in social and historical time that influence one's life. Changes in contemporary life are analysed within the framework of modernisation and social change. The course of life is both the result and the driving force of these changes. The main problem is how to assess the ways in which cultural models, social order and institutions, as well as personal expectations, ambitions, individual features and individual plans influence the course of an individuals' life. The main areas of interest in the field are the role of education, the working environment, the family and privacy, consumption and the market, and the sphere of political, media, interest associations and informal personal networks. Special emphasis will be placed on the analysis of changes through the process of growing up and the basic passage from youth to adulthood, in particular to the analysis of de-standardisation and deregulation of the passage into adulthood and the analysis of welfare state institutions which formulate the criteria and selection procedures that reduce and control social risks and define substitute status transitions.


Ms. Anita Žagar
Student Affairs Office

Dr. Andreja Živoder
Study field coordinator

Quick facts

Type: third level Doctoral study programme 
Duration: 4 years
ECTS: 240
Language: English
Professional title: Doctor of Philosophy / doktor znanosti
General requirements for enrolment: 300 ECTS
Tuition fee: 10.600 € for programme


Foreign citizens who have completed study programme abroad may enrol in doctoral study programme if they complete the offical Slovenian procedure of recognition of foreign undergraduate education.

General competences

The main purpose of the programmes is to provide doctoral students with fundamental knowledge from their research disciplines in different fields of the humanities and social sciences, while developing the competences required for independent research and the application of knowledge at an internationally comparable level.

Chair of Theoretical Sociology

The Chair of Sociology builds on a rich tradition of theoretical and empirical research on the wide range of issues related to social life.