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Sociology (MA)

Course Description


Our Masters degree in Sociology is designed specifically to let you explore and see the social world in different ways. Together with active researchers you will be encouraged to challenge established wisdom while studying the intellectual canon of the discipline.

At Liverpool Hope we are driven by a desire to not just be passive observers of society but to be active participants in it. This means that we pay special attention to the interests and goals of our post-graduate students who wish to pursue their studies here.

Drawing on our vibrant and developing research culture we offer an inter-disciplinary, contemporary and relevant degree programme, drawing expertise from our interest in current sociological trends in Britain, Europe and globally. Studying for a Masters in Sociology is guaranteed to be an intellectually interesting experience, challenging assumptions on questions from race and culture to exclusion and austerity.

The Masters is a way of becoming a participant in sociological debate and analysis, whilst being supported in gaining an in-depth and critical understanding of the traditions and latest developments of the discipline.

The programme consists of four modules and a dissertation (final research project) totalling 180 credits. Assessment methods will vary and may include academic essays, reports, presentations and examinations, a research proposal and research dissertation.

Advanced Social Theory (30 credits) – You will engage with, evaluate and critically analyse a range of social theories ranging in scope from classical to post-modern approaches.

Advanced Studies in Social Research (30 credits) – You will understand the methodological principles and practices that underpin independent research at Masters level; and examine the research process, including design, data collection and analysis, interpretation and presentation.

Contemporary Inequalities (30 credits) – This module will focus on contemporary forms of social exclusion, including those based around race, gender, sexuality and age.

Political Sociology (30 credits) – The way we view society, and the way society sees itself, are fundamentally altered in times of crisis. Political sociology explores new social divisions and changing forms of social solidarity during an era of austerity.

Dissertation/Research Project (60 credits) – The focus of the research project will be on an issue of relevance to your own sociological interests. It can involve the collection of primary data or a literature-based dissertation with an emphasis on theory development.

Visit the Sociology (MA) page on the Liverpool Hope University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

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