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Social and Cultural Theory MA (Distance Learning)

Course Description

Consider a wide range of theoretical and critical ideas in relation to our contemporary cultural, political and sociological experiences. This course incorporates ideas from philosophy, sociology and cultural and critical theory to provide an integration of ways of thinking about our cultural formations and practices.

This course explores our ever changing global and technologically driven world. You will consider wide ranging ideas from questions of power, ideology, class, identity, gender, sexuality, technology, time and space through a complex array of different sociological and cultural/critical theory ideas and philosophies from contemporary continental philosophy.

The growing world of on-line communities like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have revolutionised the ways in which we ‘see’ ourselves, the ways in which we create our own identities, and the ways in which we communicate. The course aims to offer an advanced knowledge of Social and Cultural Theory, and to encourage you to develop a sophisticated and critically-informed approach to the issues described above.

Through Blackboard, you will study in a supportive and intellectually exciting study environment which is responsive to your individual needs. The course also helps to develop critical skills, including argument, analysis, theoretical exposition and description, precision, and good methodological skills and enable the development of confidence and professionalism in relation to both your work and other students.

Course content

-Contemporary Social Theory
-Researching Media, Culture and Society
-The Application of Theory within Social Research
-Culture and Identity

Graduate destinations

The course will equip you with transferable skills required in the commercial and employment sectors such as social work, personnel, creative and cultural industries and marketing.

You will also receive a good grounding in theory which can be taken further in academic study at research levels.

Visit the Social and Cultural Theory MA (Distance Learning) page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2.2 Honours degree or above, or relevant professional experience.

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