MSc Contemporary IdentitiesFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
One year full-time;
Two years part-time
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Number of places||18|
|Start date||September 2016|
The study of identity is a burgeoning area of sociological and cultural studies. The programme provides an introduction, over a range of units, to key themes in this field, with identity explored in both theoretical and substantive ways. On the one hand, there has been an exciting and innovative strand of work exploring and re-theorising the ideas of subjectivity and selfhood in the context of the changes brought about by late modern and postmodern society. On the other, the question of identity has come under scrutiny from within substantive areas of sociology such as the sociology of race and ethnicity, the sociology of religion and the sociology of gender relations. There are also important debates concerning the ways in which we record and 'observe' identities, including debates over new narrative and other qualitative methodologies.
Fees for 2016/17
Full time fees
Part time fees
Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.
Funding for 2016/17
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.
- Contemporary Sociological Theory
- Dissertation (MSc only)
You will also choose at least four further units from a list of Sociology units which may include following (teaching provision changes each year):
- Globalisation and Culture
- Interpreting Gender
- Qualitative Social Research
- Theories and Politics of Multiculturalism
- Theories of Ethnicity and Racism
- Culture, Postmodernity, and Religion
- Narrating the Self
- Nations and Nationalism
- Care, Labour and Gender
- Religion and Politics
- Understanding Risk
- Popular Music and Society
- Quantitative Social Research
- Advanced Quantitative Social Research
- Social Class in Contemporary Society
One option (maximum) from the remaining SPAIS Politics optional units offered in the academic year:
- Politics Optional Units POLIM and SPAIM
An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Selection process||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
Further information about English language requirements
|Admissions statement||Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.|
31 July 2016
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