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2019/20 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, Humanities or related discipline
English Language requirements as directed by School policy.

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

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Sociology and Social Policy Exam Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

At present there are no QAA Benchmarks relevant to this programme. However, the external reviewer for our existing programme has acknowledged the high standard of teaching, student support and expertise of the teaching staff in this area.

Programme specification:

The MA Social and Political Thought is a distinctive programme offering an exciting, interdisciplinary focus for the study of key social and political problems. Delivered in a modern, flexible and student-centred manner, the programme draws upon expertise from both the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the School of Politics and International Studies to create a research-based environment that integrates an advanced theoretical agenda with a strong practical orientation. In addition, the programme has the considerable advantage of benefitting from the School's close relationships to the Bauman Institute, founded in 2010. The Institute is a research and teaching centre dedicated to addressing key social problems that affect rapidly changing societies across the globe. It was 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.

The MA explores how theoretical frameworks can be applied within contemporary social research. Students are encouraged to consider the positioning and relevance of classical and contemporary theory, including feminist, postcolonial and psychoanalytical perspectives, to an understanding of contemporary economic, social, political and cultural phenomena. Students will consider how the works of key authors from Marx, Weber ard Durkheim through to Foucault, Bauman, Butler and Lazzarato help us to understand the rapid social change occurring around the world. Students will study the sociology of nations, nation-states, capital and markets and inequality in global and comparative perspective.

Delivered in a modern, flexible and student-centred manner, the MA Social and Political Thought allows students input into the construction of their programme of study through their module choices. In addition, students can engage with a scholarly community of research active academics to enhance the existing multidisciplinary strengths of the programme offering.



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[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:

PIED5601MPolitical Theory in Action30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5314MUnderstanding Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5400MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Optional modules:

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

PIED5213MConflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5275MPolitical Economy of Resources and Development30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5323MEuropean Defence and Security Analysis30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5400MThe Rise of China30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5405MAmerican Foreign Policy30 creditsNot running in 201920
PIED5410MContemporary Politics of the Middle East30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5456MConflict and Insurgency in Southeast Asia30 creditsNot running in 201920
PIED5501MThe Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5523MInternational Political Economy30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5562MInternational Relations and the Environment30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5566MCritical Security Studies30 creditsNot running in 201920
PIED5626MGlobal Justice30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5779MResearch Methods30 creditsSemester 1
PRHS5400MReligion, Politics and Society30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5141MContemporary Social Thought30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5216MSocial Policy, Politics and Disabled People30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5302MContested Bodies15 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5304MQue(e)rying Sexualities15 creditsNot running in 201920
SLSP5305MSocial Policy Analysis15 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5306MSocial Policy Debates15 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5307MQuantitative Research Methods15 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5308MQualitative Research Methods15 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5309MPolicy and Programme Evaluation15 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5311MDisability and Development15 creditsNot running in 201920
SLSP5315MPower, Critique & Global Transformations15 creditsNot running in 201920
SLSP5316MSociology of Media and Culture30 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 23/09/2019

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