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2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Social and Political Thought

Programme code:MA-SOC&PT-FUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Austin Harrington Contact address:a.harrington@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- 2:1 BA (Hons) in the Social Sciences or related discipline
- English Language requirements as directed by School policy.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Sociology & Social Policy

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Sociology & Social Policy

Programme specification:

This new programme will have considerable advantage over its market competitors as it is being launched as a part of the new Bauman Institute research and teaching centre dedicated to addressing key social problems that affect rapidly changing societies across the globe. The Institute will be established in honour of Leeds's Emeritus Professor, Zygmunt Bauman, whose work on international social change and the global impact of major social issues such as consumption, security and insecurity, and ethics is internationally renowned.

As such, the international profile of the Institute, evidenced by Professor Bauman's global reputation, as well as recent collaborative work the Council of Europe, and EKT activities in Italy and South Korea, as well as the Institute's global online network will offer a clear and distinctive quality to the new programme within international markets, as evidenced by burgeoning interest in the Institute from across the world.

The aspiration is that, given the necessary time for any new programme to develop, the Bauman Institute will become the world-leading centre for sociology and social theory, with its PG programmes translating expertise into teaching practice and helping to recruit higher levels of international PGTs than is presently the case.

As such, the new programme will help to meet identified strategic priorities at all levels, and specifically to:
- increase the impact of international activities in the School, Faculty and University (T1, T4);
- provide an exceptional student experience by exposing students to international research leaders on two new MA programmes that will translate research excellence into teaching practice (T6, T8).

Furthermore given the present discussion about the possibility of developing an inter-disciplinary dimension to the new programme through a relationship with POLIS, there is an emerging aspiration also to impact positively upon the research culture of the University by offering an exciting and interdisciplinary focus for the study of key social and political problems.

If this aspiration is realised, the new programme will be a significant addition to the existing portfolio, specifically by offering a further inter-disciplinary PG programme to students within the Faculty.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 180 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SLSP5141MContemporary Social Thought30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5143MCritical Theory30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5145MDissertation (Social and Political Thought)60 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

GEND5102MTheorising Gender30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5102MResearch Strategy and Design30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5110MQuantitative Research Methods30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5111MQualitative Research Methods30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5113MAdvanced Racism and Ethnicity Studies30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5117MIssues in Social Policy Analysis and Research30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5121MFundamental Issues in Sociological Research30 credits 
SLSP5142MGlobalization and International Social Change30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5144MLiquid Sociology30 creditsNot running in 201617
SLSP5148MResearching Care in Comparative Perspective30 creditsNot running in 201617
SLSP5233MEvaluation Research30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5234MFrom Conception to the Grave: Health in a Global Context30 creditsNot running in 201617
SLSP5235M'Race', Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic30 creditsNot running in 201617
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5414MDebates on Disability Theory and Research30 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 22/07/2016

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