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MA Sociology


Programme publié(e) par Anglia Ruskin University

Publié le : 31 oct. 2013

Description du programme

This one-year graduate degree offers you the opportunity to enhance and deepen your knowledge of contemporary sociology as well as develop your expertise in the principles and application of social research methodologies.

Core modules:

This module will provide you with the research skills and techniques needed both to critically evaluate the literature you will be using in your Masters course, and to put into practice in your own Dissertation. It will explore the methodologies and methods applied in contemporary social science research to enable you to select an appropriate range for your own needs.

Here, we focus on two key debates in social theory. First, we examine the structure-agency debate and various attempts to reconcile the different perspectives in this debate, including Giddens' structuration theory, Bourdieu's genetic structuralism, critical realism and neo-pragmatism. Secondly, we consider the debate over the role of modernity and progress and reason, which will include critical examination of the work of Frankfurt School, Habermas and Bauman among others.

This module will enable you to demonstrate your ability to raise and investigate significant questions in relation to your specialist research area, either through empirical research or sustained theoretical investigation. Based on your initial project proposal, you will be expected to negotiate a learning contract with your supervisor which outlines title, research question, assessment weighting and criteria, and the form of the project.

Optional modules

This module will engage with contemporary and enduring theories of crime and deviance that are of primary importance to the concept of late modernity. Starting with the claim that modernity is now characterised by globalization, a heightened sense of risk, and reflexivity, we will focus on two broad themes of contemporary criminology: 'governance, control, and risk' and 'cultural criminology'.

This module explores notions of identity related to belonging, rootedness and mobility. It examines key concepts of nationalism, transnationalism, diaspora and migration and traces changing debates about their meanings over time. Particular attention will be paid to intersections with gender, class and ethnicity. The notion of 'home' will be investigated at national and local levels, and concepts of hybridity will also be examined. The module will draw on detailed case studies in order to ground these concepts and identify their specificities.

This module explores the relationship between social, technical and natural worlds and opens up discussion both of the sociology of the future and of the future of sociology. The module addresses the notion of technological and scientific development as social process, the changing social, economic, political and cultural role of science, and the engagement of public and policy-makers with new forms of scientific and technical practice. The module considers case studies relating to, for example, information and communication technologies; the study of animals; biopower, biocapital and biocitizenship; and issues of global warming and environmental catastrophe.

Graduates from this degree may pursue careers in many related fields, including social policy, social work, community development, public services and charities, and further applied research.

Comment participer

You will need a good degree and/or relevant professional experience.


Zones géographiques

East Road, Cambridge, Royaume-Uni

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