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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time.

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    See website for more information

  • Last Updated

    14 November 2018

This degree provides training in the diverse, vibrant, exciting and expanding field of Cultural Sociology.

Topics covered include:

  • The major theories and theorists in cultural sociology, from the classics until today
  • Culture’s relations to social orders and forms of individual and collective agency
  • Culture and power
  • Culture and everyday life
  • Aesthetics and the human senses
  • New sociologies of art and aesthetic life

You will explore a wide range of different research methods that are used for investigating the world in cultural-sociological ways.

Programme structure

The programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is University-based throughout the period. The programme comprises 180 credits in total: taught modules worth 120 credits in total and a supervised dissertation worth 60 credits. Teaching takes place over two terms (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). Each taught module spans one term and is normally taught through seminars, underpinned by reading and essay assignments. The taught element consists of core modules, directed options and free options.

Compulsory modules include:

  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Social Theory
  • Dissertation

Optional modules can include:

  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Cultures of the Life Sciences
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
  • Gender at Work
  • Using Longitudinal Data in Family Policy Studies

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching takes place over the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Research-centred teaching is at the heart of the programme. Teaching is done in small seminar groups to allow students the best possible interaction with academic staff, through individual presentations and round table discussions of common readings.

Students have the opportunity to engage in a serious piece of research into a topic of their choosing through the dissertation module. You will be assessed through coursework which will vary depending on the modules you choose and the completion of a dissertation.

Careers

In addition to the specialist knowledge you will gain during your programme, you will also develop transferrable skills valued by employers such as:

  • researching, analysing and assessing sources of information
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • managing and interpreting information
  • developing ideas and arguments

The College's Employability Officer works with our central Career Zone team to give you access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training, as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.


Visit the MA Cultural Sociology page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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