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University of Glasgow, Full Time MSc Degrees in Sociology

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This programme will provide you with an advanced introduction to sociology and you will develop a critical understanding of the discipline. Read more
This programme will provide you with an advanced introduction to sociology and you will develop a critical understanding of the discipline.

Why this programme

-It will develop your knowledge of the different theoretical and analytical approaches in sociology, together with knowledge of empirical studies in social research, while enabling you to focus in depth upon particular areas of sociology.
-You will also be given some research methods training.

Programme structure

The programme has a flexible structure, with over half the taught courses as options. Following from this, you will produce a sustained account of research in a chosen area, and conduct empirical research in that area, through a dissertation project.

Core courses
-Current issues in social theory
-Methods of social research

Optional courses - You will choose three optional courses from the list below. You may choose to take one option from other postgraduate taught courses in the School of Social & Political Sciences.
-Class and stratification
-Introduction to social theory for researchers
-Religion in society
-Sexualities and society
-The disabling society

Career prospects

A postgraduate education in sociology provides a variety of skills useful in the contemporary labour market. These include critical thinking, appreciation of the impact of institutions, including how people mediate them, and the ability to conduct research and utilise data.

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Recognising the challenge for politicians, policy makers and practitioners in the criminal justice, and criminal law fields, this programme addresses the complex problems that crime poses for contemporary societies. Read more
Recognising the challenge for politicians, policy makers and practitioners in the criminal justice, and criminal law fields, this programme addresses the complex problems that crime poses for contemporary societies.

Why this programme

-The programme provides you with the key attributes for professions related to criminal justice.
-You will be benefit from the combined strengths of staff from the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research who are based at the University.
-You will develop analytic and research skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and a practical understanding of the settings in which crime and justice policies are devised and implemented.
-There will be a number of guest lectures, presentations and seminars throughout, with high-calibre speakers from the UK and abroad.
-You will have the opportunity to link up with a criminal justice organisation for your dissertation work.
-This degree is taught alongside the MSc in Transnational Crime, Justice & Security, which provides more focus on the international aspects of crime. An MRes in Criminology is also available, combining a study of the subject with greater focus on research methods training.

Programme structure

You will take core courses in criminological theory; criminal justice systems and processes; and research design and methodology. You also have the opportunity to take optional courses from a range of subject areas. In addition, the MSc programme requires you to produce a dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Core courses
-Understanding and explaining crime
-Research and enquiry in crime and criminal justice

Optional courses include:
-Punishment and penology
-Crime, media and popular culture
-Rehabilitation and desistance from crime
-The global criminal economy
-Managing and controlling crime
-Women and girls in crime and justice
-International trafficking in cultural objects

Career prospects

You will be well equipped for careers in public, private and third sector agencies concerned with crime prevention and community safety. The programme provides an excellent professional development choice for social workers and social work managers, prison governors or officers, police officers and lawyers.

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This programme considers pressing contemporary global issues from a criminological perspective, including organised crime, trafficking, terrorism and environmental crime. Read more
This programme considers pressing contemporary global issues from a criminological perspective, including organised crime, trafficking, terrorism and environmental crime.

Why this programme

-You will gain access to a wide range of potential careers and further academic pathways related to understanding international crime and developing strategies and policy for its prevention.
-You will benefit from the combined strengths of staff from the University's Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research. The breadth and diversity of expertise represented within the teaching team is a key strength of the programme.
-There will be a number of guest lectures, presentations and seminars throughout, with high-calibre speakers from the UK and abroad.
-You will have the opportunity to link up with a criminal justice organisation for your dissertation work.

Programme structure

Through a combination of lectures, seminars and project work you will:
-Enhance your understanding of relevant theoretical approaches, concepts, debates and techniques of criminological enquiry as they relate to the study of transnational crime and security in a globalised context.
-Develop your appreciation of the routines and structures of the global criminal economy, including contemporary developments in transnational organised crime and the illicit global economic activities of states, corporations and white-collar criminals.
-Apply criminological knowledge to critically analyse contemporary social, legal, political and policy issues in transnational crime and security.
-Develop the analytical skills to contribute to public debate on crime and security issues.
-Gain an advanced understanding of criminological perspectives on transnational crime and justice, relevant to your further careers or academic studies.

Core courses
-Understanding and explaining crime and social harm
-Criminological perspectives on security and globalisation
-Research and enquiry in criminology and criminal justice
-The global criminal economy: white-collar crime and organised crime

Optional courses
-Crime, media and popular culture
-Criminal justice: global challenges
-Crime and community safety
-Rehabilitation and desistance from crime
-Punishment and penalty

Career prospects

You will be well equipped for careers in public, private and third sector agencies concerned with crime prevention policy and strategy, especially with international and cross-border agencies.

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This Masters in Gender History provides the opportunity to develop and deepen analysis of the workings of gender in the past. Read more
This Masters in Gender History provides the opportunity to develop and deepen analysis of the workings of gender in the past. In conjunction with Glasgow University’s Centre for Gender History which brings together one of the largest concentrations of gender historians in the UK, the programme encourages cross-chronological and cross-cultural comparisons as well as allowing in-depth research into particular questions.

Why this programme

-This programme focuses on an area that is becoming increasingly significant within many spheres of professional and voluntary engagement.
-You will be taught by people who have research specialisms in this field and are personally involved in values-based practice, and have the opportunity to focus upon issues that matter to you and are relevant to your own practice.

Programme structure

Learning and teaching approaches are varied. Technical skills are taught through lectures and workshops associated with the core course, while the conceptual foundations for gender history are taught through the weekly seminars.

Independent and self reflective critical work is fostered through written assignments and seminar presentations, and culminates in the dissertation.

An annual masterclass for postgraduates with an interest in Gender History is led by a distinguished visiting speaker in conjunction with the Gender and History annual public lecture hosted by the Centre for Gender History.

Core Courses
-Gender, Politics and Power
-Gender, culture and text
-Research, Resources and Skills for Historians

Optional Courses
-All options on offer within History MLitt/MSc programmes in Arts and Social Sciences

Career prospects

Apart from continuing to study a PhD, you can transfer the Arts research skills and methods you learn on this programme to positions in the modern public and private sectors, such as heritage, policy and projects, journalism and teaching.

Positions held by recent History graduates include Editor Business & History Products, Lead Scholar/Instructor and Secretary.

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This programme introduces the key issues and decision-making processes that impact on young people’s lives across contexts including education, leisure, training and the labour market, housing and household information. Read more
This programme introduces the key issues and decision-making processes that impact on young people’s lives across contexts including education, leisure, training and the labour market, housing and household information.

Why this programme

-The programme is aimed at early and mid-career professionals who wish to explore how young people's lives are changing in modern societies and the ways they are affected by the processes of social change.
-You will be taught by researchers in the field of youth and young adults and have experience working with organisations such as the UN, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, UK local and national government and the Scottish Government.
-You will study the contexts and factors which impact on young people's decision-making related to for example education, training, work and leisure.
-The programme also provides a strong basis for further study, focusing on international and UK perspectives of youth.
-It is of further value to students who wish to gain an insight into different groups of young people such as those with mental health issues, teenage parents, young carers, homeless young people and those looked after by local authorities.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and a dissertation. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to investigate an area of young people’s lives in-depth. You are encouraged to follow your own interests in the design of the dissertation, which will be fully supported by a supervisor.

Core courses
-Introduction to education and social research
-Perspectives on youth and young adulthood
-Modern educational thought
-Working with youth: Education and learning for change.

Optional courses
-Advanced educational research
-Curriculum development in adult education
-Developing literacy
-Educational approaches to community learning & development
-Empowerment strategies for community learning & development
-Identities, relationships and behaviours
-Inclusive classrooms, inclusive pedagogies
-International & comparative education
-International issues in adult & continuing education
-Managing change *
-Managing innovation and creativity *
-Marketing management *
-Models of community & development
-Neoliberal globalisation and world Inequality since the 1970s
-Project management *
-Rehabilitation and desistance from crime
-Sexualities and society
-Social theories for community learning & development
-The disabling society
-The evolving concept of inclusion
-The impact of problem drug use on children & families
-The learner & the curriculum
-The psychology of adult learning
-Understanding public policy

*Please note: These courses are offered by the Adam Smith Business School and are 10 credits each (as opposed to 20) and need to be taken in pairs.

Career prospects

If you work directly with young people: teachers, youth workers, police officers, probation officers, health workers, the programme is an excellent step in your professional development. It also provides a foundation for an academic career.

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