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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Social and Public Policy

Programme code:MA-SAPPUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Kahryn Hughes Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

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

Sociology and Social Policy

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

Across the modules comprising this interdisciplinary programme of study, key issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research will be explored, to support learning and insight into policy-making and its social impacts.

Core modules investigate social theories, issues and research methods relevant to social and public policy, and learning across these modules supports the development of key skills in critical policy analysis and policy evaluation. There are also opportunities to study and debate current policy issues, such as work and welfare, migration, child and family policy, or the challenges of ageing populations, with a focus on real-life examples.

There are a range of optional modules to choose from, with research-led teaching and expertise in advanced research skills, disability studies, gender studies, racism and ethnicity studies, or globalisation. Through a diverse mix of modules, the programme explores some of the most sensitive and complex social issues affecting governments worldwide.

The programme is taught in a research-intensive, stimulating environment. As well as the Leeds Social Sciences Institute which fosters collaboration, students benefit from the interdisciplinary expertise hosted by the Centre for Disability Studies, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, the Centre for Research on Families, Life Course and Generations, and The Bauman Institute. All of these centres run their own calendars of events such as workshops and seminars.

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SLSP5346MPublic Administration: Policy, Planning and Development in a Globalised World30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5401MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
SLSP5502MResearch Strategy and Design30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5505MPolicy and Programme Evaluation15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5510MSocial Policy Debates15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

GEOG5830MEnvironmental Assessment15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5241MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5310MContested Bodies30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5361MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5515MQuantitative Research Methods15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5520MQualitative Research Methods15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 02/05/2024 11:42:45


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