MA International Social Transformation is being launched as a part of the new Bauman Institute research and teaching centre, which is dedicated to addressing key social problems that affect rapidly changing societies across the globe.
MA International Social Transformation will provide you with an advanced grounding in the sociological analysis of globalisation and international social change, with modules in Contemporary Social Thought, Globalisation and International Social Change, and an extended Dissertation that will allow you the opportunity to evaluate critically and creatively the challenges that face global societies in the new century.
It will also encourage you to acquire those core skills that are relevant to a career in academic research or for professional employment in a postgraduate capacity.
If you want to ... * develop an advanced understanding of globalization and international social change
* explore the challenges that face each one of us at the start of the twenty-first century
* examine a sophisticated range of concepts, theories and methods at the forefront of sociological analysis of international social transformation
* be a part of the prestigious Bauman Institute at Leeds
* contribute to a vibrant academic culture at the forefront of global debates
* develop independent learning skills appropriate for employment in a higher capacity in industry or an area of professional practice ...
then MA International Social Transformation is the programme for you.
Compulsory modulesContemporary Social Thought gives you an advanced grounding in social and political theory through the practical analysis of social, political and economic problems in a rapidly changing world.
The module is refreshed and updated each academic year, but previous content includes: Sociology and the Financial Crisis; The Return of Religion; The Frankfurt School Revisited; Theorizing Europe; Whats Wrong with New Technology?; Multiple Modernities; The History of Violence; Cosmopolitanism; Governing Bodies; From Resistance to the Commons; Zizeks Tickling Schtick!; and Moral Blindness.
Globalisation and International Social Change examines the nature of globalization from a number of different theoretical perspectives: most obviously those that have developed from political economy and cultural theory. These perspectives will then be used to inform the consideration of a range of areas of social, political and economic life that have (arguably) been significantly altered by the impact of economic and/or cultural globalization.
For example, the module will explore: The Changing Nature of Poverty in Global Society; The Impact of Globalization on Human Migration; and The Potential Relationship Between Globalization and Contemporary Terrorism. In each case, close attention will be paid to how well theoretical explanations of globalization explain the major social changes observed.
International Social Transformation Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research under the supervision of a relevant academic member of staff from the School.
Elective modulesIn addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose two modules from the following list
* Critical Theory
* Evaluation Research
* From Conception to the Grave: Health in a Global Context
* Liquid Sociology
* Qualitative Research Methods
* Quantitative Research Methods
* 'Race, Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic
* Research Strategy and Design
Note: Those wishing to pursue further funding for Doctoral Research will be encouraged to select two Methods Training modules from the above list.
Full-time students may take either three modules in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation, or two modules in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation.
Part-time students have some flexibility as to when they take their modules, but we do advise candidates to consider the credit load between semesters. One pattern may be to take three modules in the first year, with two in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2. This leaves one module and the dissertation for the second year.
Postgraduate Diploma in International Social TransformationAvailable on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis, the Postgraduate Diploma in Social and Public Policy covers similar ground to the MA, but does not include the dissertation module.
On the basis of a good performance in a full-time students first semester, or a part-timers first year, students initially registered for the Diploma may be transferred onto the corresponding MA.
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