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University of Leeds, Full Time MA Degrees in Sociology

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This interdisciplinary programme will allow you to benefit from the expertise of both the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the School of Media and Communication, enabling you to gain an in-depth understanding of key issues, debates and theoretical perspectives, and to critically analyse the relationship between culture, media and society. Read more
This interdisciplinary programme will allow you to benefit from the expertise of both the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the School of Media and Communication, enabling you to gain an in-depth understanding of key issues, debates and theoretical perspectives, and to critically analyse the relationship between culture, media and society.

In addition to developing a specialist knowledge in the field, you will also acquire key transferable skills in research, communication, analytical skills, self-management and group working, which will open up a range of career pathways within the media and creative industries and beyond.

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This programme explores issues, concepts, events and research in social and public policy to gain an insight into the impact of policy decisions on individuals and communities. Read more
This programme explores issues, concepts, events and research in social and public policy to gain an insight into the impact of policy decisions on individuals and communities.

Core modules will relate research, evidence and policy analysis to current policy issues, such as work and welfare, child and family policy and the challenges of ageing populations. You’ll also look at programme and policy evaluation, considering the methodologies used to assess the impact of initiatives with a focus on real-life examples.

Supported by our well-known research centres and taught by expert tutors, you’ll tailor the programme to suit your own interests and career aspirations. With a range of optional modules to choose from, you could pursue further research training or topics such as disability studies, global healthcare, racism and ethnicity studies, care or international employment policy.

You’ll gain an insight into some of the most sensitive and complex issues affecting governments worldwide.

This programme is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma qualification (PGDip),which includes almost the same content except that you don’t have to do adissertation.

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Develop the skills and knowledge to produce meaningful social research with this challenging programme. Core modules will teach you how to turn social research issues and questions into workable research designs, as well as handling quantitative and qualitative data and issues such as ethics and funding applications. Read more
Develop the skills and knowledge to produce meaningful social research with this challenging programme.

Core modules will teach you how to turn social research issues and questions into workable research designs, as well as handling quantitative and qualitative data and issues such as ethics and funding applications. You’ll also have the chance to specialise through a choice of optional modules, allowing you to focus on research in topics such as disability studies, care, social policy analysis, criminology and evaluation of programmes and policies.

This taught programme has ESRC 1+3 training recognition, meaning it stands alone as an MA but will also prepare you for doctoral research in this dynamic field of scholarship. You’ll be well prepared to become a specialist social science researcher, supported by expert tutors across our active research centres and institutes.

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This exciting programme explores disability as an equal opportunities issue by focusing on contemporary organisations and institutionalised practice. Read more
This exciting programme explores disability as an equal opportunities issue by focusing on contemporary organisations and institutionalised practice.

If you’re a service provider, practitioner or policy maker who wants to bring theory and practice together, or you’re planning a career in the field of disability, you’ll explore a range of disability-related issues from theoretical and practical perspectives.

Core modules focus on social policy for disabled people in education, benefits, housing, transport, employment, health and social support services, as well as recent developments in social research on disability. You’ll also choose from optional modules to focus on the topics that best suit your own interests or career plans, from care to disability and development via research training or race and ethnicity studies.

Supported by our Centre for Disability Studies, you’ll learn in a stimulating environment where tutors’ teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.

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This wide-ranging programme explores key concepts, methods, debates and applications in social and political theory. Core modules will introduce you to social and political thought and its relation to economic, social, political and cultural problems in a fast-changing, globalised world. Read more
This wide-ranging programme explores key concepts, methods, debates and applications in social and political theory.

Core modules will introduce you to social and political thought and its relation to economic, social, political and cultural problems in a fast-changing, globalised world. From the seminal works of Karl Marx to contemporary thinkers such as Judith Butler and Slavoj Žižek, you’ll think about how these approaches can help us understand social change on the global stage.

Beyond this, you’ll choose modules that suit your own interests – you could specialise in gender, racism and ethnicity studies, social policy, globalisation, care, health or disability among others. You can also pursue research training to prepare for further study.

You’ll become part of the Bauman Institute, launched in honour of Emeritus Professor Zygmunt Bauman to analyse social change around the world. It’s an exciting and stimulating research environment where you’ll learn from experts in their fields.

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Gender Studies is an exciting area of scholarship. Drawing insights from across many academic disciplines, Gender Studies explores the dynamics of relations between women and men in the past, present and future. Read more
Gender Studies is an exciting area of scholarship. Drawing insights from across many academic disciplines, Gender Studies explores the dynamics of relations between women and men in the past, present and future.

If you choose an MA in Gender Studies, you will engage with challenging, cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of developments within contemporary thought.

Our MA in Gender Studies is distinctive in the wide range of disciplines and theoretical and methodological perspectives that contribute to the programme, and in the number of options available to you as a student.

By the end of the course, you will have an advanced understanding of the nature of gender studies, its interdisciplinary frameworks and the range of theoretical perspectives and methods.

You will also have the ability to analyse social and cultural phenomena through the lens of gender in a way that appreciates a range of disciplinary perspectives.

You will have specific knowledge of some aspects of gender studies, both theoretical and applied, and the ability to conduct a piece of individual research, using appropriate conceptual frameworks and methods, on an aspect of gender studies.

Compulsory modules:

Researching Gender
Theorising Gender
Gender Studies Dissertation

Optional modules:

Feminist Cultural Theory
Revisioning Histories of Modernism (Femininity, Modernity, Representation)
Feminist Criticism and Practice in the Contemporary Visual Arts
Language and Politics
Global Genders
Que(e)rying Sexualities
Contested Bodies
Gender and Health
Childbirth in Seventeenth Century England
Representing Women in Medieval Literature
Critical Musicology
Gender, Globalisation and Development
Race, Gender and Migration

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Gender Studies is an exciting and lively area of scholarship, bringing together insights from the social and political sciences, philosophy, psychology, literary and cultural studies, history, economics and law, in order to understand the dynamics of relations between women and men, in the past, present and future. Read more
Gender Studies is an exciting and lively area of scholarship, bringing together insights from the social and political sciences, philosophy, psychology, literary and cultural studies, history, economics and law, in order to understand the dynamics of relations between women and men, in the past, present and future. If you choose MA Gender Studies you will be engaging with challenging, cutting-edge ideas which are at the forefront of developments within contemporary thought. The MA Gender Studies is distinctive in the wide range of disciplines and theoretical and methodological perspectives which contribute to the programme, and in the number of options available.

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The MA Gender, Management & Organisation is run by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies in collaboration with the Nuffield Institute. Read more
The MA Gender, Management & Organisation is run by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies in collaboration with the Nuffield Institute. Both the Centre and the Institute are nationally and internationally recognised for the quality of their teaching and research. The MA GMO is an exciting and unique programme aimed at those wanting to explore the gendered nature of management and professional development and the way gender impacts on organisational life. Students are taught in a creative and supportive environment by lecturers who are internationally renowned in their field

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This MA provides students with a set of interdisciplinary, analytical, critical and methodological skills applied to an understanding of gender relations, specifically in relation to gender dimensions in the History and Philosophy of Science. Read more
This MA provides students with a set of interdisciplinary, analytical, critical and methodological skills applied to an understanding of gender relations, specifically in relation to gender dimensions in the History and Philosophy of Science. While modern feminism has emerged primarily in the West, pressing issues of gender equality are recognised all over the world.. The MA in Gender Studies and History and Philosophy of Science is the first specialist programme of its kind in the UK, thus providing a unique opportunity for students from all over the world.

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This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies – with a focus on gender issues in development. Read more
This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies – with a focus on gender issues in development.

You’ll learn about the experiences and viewpoints of people and nations of the Global South regarding development issues, as well as the inter-relationships between global, national and local actors in contested strategies for development.

You’ll also review strategies, programmes and policies in development, including organisations and donors promoting development, and assess the progress made by different development actors towards key international development goals.

You’ll explore controversies at the centre of contemporary development challenges and analyse both the theories and realities of development, to understand the different approaches, practices and discourses involved.

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This programme takes a philosophical, theoretical and historical approach to cultural studies, exploring the work of cultural criticism, reception and production through new critical perspectives, interdisciplinary insights and a vast spectrum of applications and opportunities. Read more

Overview

This programme takes a philosophical, theoretical and historical approach to cultural studies, exploring the work of cultural criticism, reception and production through new critical perspectives, interdisciplinary insights and a vast spectrum of applications and opportunities.

We study the major traditions of cultural theory, including semiology, deconstruction, feminism, psychoanalysis, and Frankfurt School theories of the aesthetic, the media and technology. This training enables you to shape your thinking critically and develop your interests in a rigorously analytical context.

These theoretical and historical perspectives allow us to tease out the critical charge embedded in the notion of culture itself, and the transformative potential of creative and critical work in the arts and humanities.

Close reading and textuality are at the heart of the course, encouraging you to think critically about issues of modernity and postmodernity, the postcolonial, subjectivity and sexuality.

The degree is also available to study part-time over 24 months. The part-time MA may be of special interest to those who are working in related fields as part of their career development.

Diverse and Dynamic

Founded in 1987 (as MA Cultural Studies), and situated in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, this programme appeals to students from across the humanities who are interested in a broad range of objects and genres including literature, film and the visual arts, performance, music, and philosophy.

You’ll work alongside students in different creative and critical disciplines and benefit from the diverse research interests of our tutors. It’s a dynamic environment where you’ll gain valuable knowledge and skills in a city with a vibrant cultural life.

Leeds University Library is one of the major academic research libraries in the UK with extensive print, online and manuscript collections. The University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them. The School houses Parallax, published by Taylor and Francis, an internationally distributed journal of cultural theory and analysis.

Course Content

The two modules that sit at the heart of this course will develop your understanding of cultural theory over time.

You’ll develop an understanding of the ideas of “commodity” and “commodity fetish” that are central to the study of consumer culture, as well as issues around language, sign and discourse and subjectivity. Then you’ll put this into the context of the development of cultural studies, focusing on thinkers from Rousseau to Kant and Homi Bhabha. You’ll use film and other texts to explore these ideas.

In each semester you’ll also have the chance to specialise when you choose from a range of optional modules. From Derrida and deconstruction to medieval art, representations of the Holocaust, technology and the media, Jewish culture and aesthetic theory, you’ll be able to focus on topics that suit your personal interests.

At the same time, you’ll build your knowledge of research methods and improve your own skills. To demonstrate all you’ve learned, you’ll work towards presenting your research at a symposium in Semester 2 and complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

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Delivered by leading academics from the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in one of the best law schools in the UK, the Criminal Justice and Criminology MA offers you the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in relation to the regulation of crime in the UK, Europe and across the globe. Read more
Delivered by leading academics from the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in one of the best law schools in the UK, the Criminal Justice and Criminology MA offers you the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in relation to the regulation of crime in the UK, Europe and across the globe.

The programme combines advanced study of criminal justice processes and criminological theory so you can develop an in-depth understanding of the nature, purposes, dynamic processes and outcomes of the criminal justice process.

Throughout the course we’ll encourage you to:

explore the criminal justice process
investigate contemporary policy debates and perspectives in crime control
consider how policy debates inform the politics of crime control
develop your research skills.

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