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MA Social and Political Thought

Course Description

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.

Visit the MA Social and Political Thought page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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Raj Passy

1440.jpg I currently work as a civil servant for the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. The current organisation that is responsible for administering statutory child maintenance; the Child Support Agency, is being de-commissioned.

This is where my role comes in. My role is to design a completely new organisation that is set to go-live in 2012. I have responsibility for defining the customer experience, specifying our policy framework, and ensuring the design of our new IT system meets the requirements of our future customers.

The School of Sociology and Social Policy was very attractive because of its 4* RAE rating and the credentials of the University itself. With over 33,000 students, no matter how niche your interests are, or how diverse your background is, you’re bound to find like-minded people.

My initial perception of a postgraduate degree was that it would be more like a 4th year of uni but just ‘a little harder’. But as I got into my first semester, I found that my perception was challenged quite a bit! The course was different in that it forces you to reconsider what you learnt in your undergraduate degree and look at things in a new light.

During my entire time with the School, from application to graduation, the communication from the School was absolutely brilliant. This got even better throughout the semesters and I cannot fault the School on any count.

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Jack Palmer

1756.jpg The University of Leeds has been familiar to me for a long time - even as a prospective undergraduate student I was aware of the University’s strong reputation. I was greatly encouraged to look at Leeds by a number of people whom I respected and admired. I was also drawn by the idea of exploring a part of the country that I’d not seen before.

Zygmunt Bauman has informed my own interests more than any other theorist. I hence feel very privileged to have been presented the opportunity to study in an institute which is named in his honour.

The fact that the institute is situated in one of the most reputable sociology and social policy departments in the country is just icing on the cake! The school routinely produces very important work on the frontline of global debates. The possibility of engaging with (perhaps even contributing to, one day!) these kinds of debates is a challenging prospect, but an extremely exciting and motivating one nonetheless.


Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in sociology, social policy or a related subject.

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