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Masters degrees in Social Theory examine the ways in which sociological thought can be used to explain human behaviour and relationships. Unsurprisingly, these courses have a particularly theoretical focus compared to other kind of Sociology Masters, concentrating on the work of certain thinkers and schools of thought.
Similar postgraduate specialisms include Social & Cultural Theory, Social & Political Theory, Social Policy and Social Research Methods.
Social Theory is a broad and complex field, and a Masters in this area will allow you to address a range of different theoretical frameworks and methodologies. Typical subjects include postmodernism, poststructuralism, feminism, Marxism and postcolonialism. You might look at the history and development of these movements, or explore how they relate to the events and issues that shape contemporary society.
These usually culminate in a piece of independent research, consisting of a lengthy dissertation on a subject of your choice. The skills you gain through this project will be applicable in a range of careers, and employment destinations typically include the government, publishing and journalism. Alternatively, a Masters in Social Theory provides a great foundation for further study of the subject through a PhD.
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The SSA Social Work & Social Welfare Master of Arts program prepares you to be a leader in the fields of clinical social work and social administration practice. Read more
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Social Policy has been defined as the study of the collective and individual procedures through which people gain access to life-enhancing and sustaining experiences such as education, health care, housing, income during periods of cessation and interruption of earnings, and the care associated with the loss of autonomy and independence. Read more
The MA Methods of Social Research provides essential training for employment where an understanding of social research is important, as well as for further academic research in a social science discipline. Read more
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