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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Decolonial Thought and Social Theory

Programme code:MSC-DEC&STUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Hizer Mir Contact

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 MSc Decolonial Thought and Social Theory is a distinctive programme offering an exciting, interdisciplinary focus for the study of decoloniality and the various social and political problems it touches upon. Delivered in a modern, flexible and student-centred manner, the programme draws upon expertise primarily from existing resources within SSP. This creates a research-based environment that integrates an advanced theoretical agenda with a strong practical orientation. The programme will benefit immensely from SSP’s Centre of Ethnicity and Race studies which can provide a substantial amount of research and scholarship expertise to the programme.

The MSc explores how decolonial 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 in decolonial thought and contemporary social theory help us to deploy a critical epistemology to understand the rapid social change occurring around the world.

Delivered in a flexible and student-centred manner, the MSc Decolonial Thought and Social Theory 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 transdisciplinary 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:

SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5250MDecolonial and Social Thought30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5400MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the optional modules below.

ARTF5063MPostcolonial Feminisms30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HIST5839MBlack Internationalism30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5256MGlobal Inequalities and Development30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PRHS5400MReligion, Politics and Society30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5307MQuantitative Research Methods15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5308MQualitative Research Methods15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5320MTheorising Gender30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5355MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
THEO5120MReligion, Gender and Sexuality30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
THEO5175MMuslims, Multiculturalism and the State30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Ideally candidates will choose 30 credits in semester 1 and 30 credits in semester 2.

Last updated: 19/05/2023 16:30:29


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