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This course explores the complex cultural histories of literatures in English, including contemporary writing, relationship to other discourses (e.g. Read more

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This course explores the complex cultural histories of literatures in English, including contemporary writing, relationship to other discourses (e.g. law, economics and medicine), national, minority, dissident and diasporic writing, and post-colonial literatures; the course offers training in close textual study, history and theory.

Modules

Research skills; text, theory, culture; dissertation; plus 4 relevant optional modules.

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This course provides training in research methodology for students interested in a career as a researcher or lecturer in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics or language acquisition. Read more

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This course provides training in research methodology for students interested in a career as a researcher or lecturer in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics or language acquisition. This course is recognised by the ESRC.

Modules

Description of language; quantitative methods and statistical processes; research and enquiry in applied linguistics 1 and 2; second language learning or language in society; dissertation; plus 3 modules from: action research; discourse analysis; ethnographic research; language in society; philosophical issues in educational research; second language learning; small group/classroom interaction; statistical data analysis.

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This course provides an opportunity for advanced study in applied linguistics/language in education, including an element of research training; students develop a comparative perspective on language education policy and practice, and learn the skills needed to challenge professional practice; they undertake research and innovation in a range of applied language fields. Read more

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This course provides an opportunity for advanced study in applied linguistics/language in education, including an element of research training; students develop a comparative perspective on language education policy and practice, and learn the skills needed to challenge professional practice; they undertake research and innovation in a range of applied language fields.

Modules

Description of language; language in society or second language learning; research and enquiry in applied linguistics 1; research skills; dissertation; plus 4 optional modules from: assessment of language proficiency; autonomy and individualisation in language learning; communicative language teaching; curriculum and pedagogy for English language teaching; discourse analysis; English as a world language; language for specific purposes/syllabus design; language teacher education; writing and written language.

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The MA Contemporary Curation supports the growing need for critical, theoretically informed, practical approaches to both the curation of contemporary art, and to the art of curation today more broadly. Read more

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The MA Contemporary Curation supports the growing need for critical, theoretically informed, practical approaches to both the curation of contemporary art, and to the art of curation today more broadly. Based in The Winchester Gallery, our programme offers students the chance to: develop their own curatorial practice while delving into the history and theory of curating; hear from curators and artistic directors directly about the challenges and opportunities facing the profession today; and benefit from the worldleading academics based at WSA.

Modules

Core modules: Contemporary Curation: Theories and Histories; Contemporary Curation: Practices, Methods of Cultural Inquiry and Final Project (Curation)

Optional module: from a range designed to complement specialist areas, support theoretical understanding and enhance employability

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Our lively programme focuses on the craft of fiction, scriptwriting, poetry and writing for children through weekly writing workshops and literature seminars which engage in a close study of contemporary writing. Read more

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Our lively programme focuses on the craft of fiction, scriptwriting, poetry and writing for children through weekly writing workshops and literature seminars which engage in a close study of contemporary writing. We encourage collaboration with other art forms, allowing students to tap into our on-campus theatre and concert hall, the prestigious Winchester School of Art, and the research taking place in
English and other disciplines. Visiting writers and editors deepen student understanding of the publishing world. The programme culminates in a creative writing dissertation developed in consultation with a published writer.

Modules

Creative skills workshop 1 and 2; plus 2 optional modules from: international writing; performance, internet, poetics; screenwriting; plus a creative writing project.

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The MA in Cultural Politics is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study at the intersection between the creative and professional cultural industries and who envisage a career in the arts and policy worlds, in government, industry or in academia. Read more

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The MA in Cultural Politics is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study at the intersection between the creative and professional cultural industries and who envisage a career in the arts and policy worlds, in government, industry or in academia.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MA Cultural Politics at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Cultural Politics and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MA Cultural Politics.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

This MA programme offers a broad and accessible interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary cultural politics. Students are introduced to a variety of cultural perspectives and political traditions in addition to the creative interface between these disciplines. Gradually addressing numerous central themes, ranging from mass media culture to the politics of globalization, the MA in Cultural Politics combines the essential themes and leading figures of classical and present-day cultural and political studies along with the latest developments in cultural and political theory.

The MA in Cultural Politics is studied over one year, full-time, and comprises a mix of core and option modules.

Career Opportunities

The MA Cultural Politics is good preparation for any role that requires an extra qualification as a mode of distinction involving research, media, culture, communication, and politics. Graduates pursue opportunities in research, media (journalism), cultural and public policy, marketing, political parties, international organisations, and institutions, business, education and (teaching). Graduates also go on to research degrees (PhD), at either the University of Southampton or elsewhere.

Learning & Assessment

Learning and teaching:

This MA offers students the benefits of being taught jointly by experts in creative and cultural contexts and Politics and International Relations. In this dynamic research environment, you will study the relations between culture, media, and politics, understanding how culture and media become related to political theory and practice, and how politics influences culture and media.
You will experience a directed and diverse mix of lectures and guided seminars during the first two semesters and then work over the summer on a self-directed dissertation.

Assessment:

Assessment is based on a mix of methods, including essays, exams, presentations, seminar research papers, and a dissertation.

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Students learn how advertising is created from the advertising pitch, through to target audience identification and segmentation, the creative strategy, creative briefing, and the appraisal of creative ideas and campaign evaluation; they build a critical awareness of the advertising industry and the challenges it faces today, and build an understanding of how other communications' tools work. Read more

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Students learn how advertising is created from the advertising pitch, through to target audience identification and segmentation, the creative strategy, creative briefing, and the appraisal of creative ideas and campaign evaluation; they build a critical awareness of the advertising industry and the challenges it faces today, and build an understanding of how other communications' tools work.

Modules

Core modules: Design 1 and 2; Research skills; Final Project Optional modules: Contemporary issues 4; Entrepreneurship; Digital marketing communications; Global marketing; Design: Interpreting the Language of Design.

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Students are encouraged to analyse critically their practice in relation to contemporary issues and theories of communication design from local and global perspectives, enabling them to challenge conventions, production methods and their audience while developing their practice and ideas. Read more

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Students are encouraged to analyse critically their practice in relation to contemporary issues and theories of communication design from local and global perspectives, enabling them to challenge conventions, production methods and their audience while developing their practice and ideas.

Modules

Modules: Publishing; multi-lingual typographic design; brand identity lens and digital imaging; entrepreneurship; digital editing; applied image making; advertising planning and strategy; management of design; art direction.

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This pathway is aimed at individuals eager to develop a career in Design Management that is relevant to a wide sector of service and manufacturing industries. Read more

Summary

This pathway is aimed at individuals eager to develop a career in Design Management that is relevant to a wide sector of service and manufacturing industries. You will be encouraged to develop original and creative ideas that will allow you to negotiate and co-create with designers, marketers, financiers, lawyers, and clients in the pursuit of the best design thinking.

This course is aimed at individuals eager to develop a career in design management that is relevant to a wide sector of service and manufacturing industries; students are encouraged to develop original and creative ideas that allow them to negotiate and co-create with designers, marketers, financiers, lawyers, and clients in the pursuit of the best design thinking.

Modules

Modules: Research Skills, Design processes, Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing Communications, Global Marketing, Digital Cultures, Contemporary Issues.

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You will work in a creative environment in which students from other programmes will be studying. You will work on projects set by your discipline and be taught by staff specific to your programme. Read more

Summary

You will work in a creative environment in which students from other programmes will be studying. You will work on projects set by your discipline and be taught by staff specific to your programme. The work which you produce will be manifested through media appropriate to your discipline and you will experience workshops specific to your programme.

Modules

Modules: Research skills, Design, Final Project, Contemporary Issues, Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing Communications, global Marketing, Digital Cultures, Interpreting the language of design

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The course exposes students to the challenges faced in engaging with sophisticated consumers; they study issues of globalisation, ethical management methods and the shifting goalposts of style, cool and taste. Read more

Summary

The course exposes students to the challenges faced in engaging with sophisticated consumers; they study issues of globalisation, ethical management methods and the shifting goalposts of style, cool and taste.

Modules

Core Modules: Design 1 and 2, Research Skills and Final Project

Optional module: from a range designed to complement specialist pathways and enhance employability

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This course is designed to balance the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed in marketing roles in international based fashion and textile brands. Read more

Summary

This course is designed to balance the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed in marketing roles in international based fashion and textile brands. It develops a focused view of the professional buyer and consumer, the impacts of globalisation, fast fashion, sustainability, and the key issues that impact upon the highly-discerning fashion and textile consumer.`

Modules

Modules: Design 1; research skills
Optional module: from a range designed to complement specialist pathways and enhance employability

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Games Design and Art is an innovative, and creative new approach to Games Design and brings the latest technologies and techniques together with a study of the fascinating world of games-based art and design. Read more

Summary

Games Design and Art is an innovative, and creative new approach to Games Design and brings the latest technologies and techniques together with a study of the fascinating world of games-based art and design. The programme equips future games design and art professionals with the knowledge and skills to lead forthcoming games developments and start new games businesses on behalf of the games development and related industries, its management and production processes.

The pathway aims to prepare graduates for work in fields and practices including: games art, games design, and the creative industries more broadly.

Modules

Core Modules: Design 1 and 2; research skills;

Optional module: from a range designed to complement specialist pathways and enhance employability

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News, entertainment, and communication media are being transformed through the global development of the Internet, social networks, and mobile media. Read more

Summary

News, entertainment, and communication media are being transformed through the global development of the Internet, social networks, and mobile media. This pathway will give you a critical understanding of the technological, cultural and political implications of these changes, and the skills to engage with and shape them.

Supported by the teaching, research and professional expertise of internationally renowned academics and sector-leading professionals, you will apply academic debates and industry perspectives to your investigation of media organisations, consumers and audiences, and digital innovation.

You will explore the strategies and management techniques employed by commercial, charity, and activist organisations, how creative ideas are developed, and how audiences and users respond to them, or generate their own media material. Critical essays, practice-based projects, and scholarly reports will prepare you with the strategic and analytical skills to pursue careers in cultural and creative organisations and businesses or to pursue doctoral research.

Modules

Modules: Design 1 and 2; research skills

Optional module: from a range designed to complement specialist pathways and enhance employability

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This MA provides an opportunity in which you can develop your skills and knowledge in your field of interest. The programme equips you with both the practical skills and the intellectual framework, appropriate to your specialism, to allow you to work competently at a master’s level. Read more

Summary

This MA provides an opportunity in which you can develop your skills and knowledge in your field of interest. The programme equips you with both the practical skills and the intellectual framework, appropriate to your specialism, to allow you to work competently at a master’s level. It provides you with the tools to engage with your field, to take part in current debates regarding the issues influencing it and to judge your own outcomes within this context. You will gain a comprehensive grounding in luxury brand equity, portfolios, cobranding, brand extensions and the management of brand heritage. It culminates in the strategic management of the business of luxury.

Modules

Modules: Design 1 and 2, Research Skills and Final Project

Optional module: from a range designed to complement specialist pathways and enhance employability

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