Anglia Ruskin University

Sociology MA

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Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge

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Typology Master
Location Cambridge
Duration 12 Months
  • Master
  • Cambridge
  • Duration:
    12 Months

Gain an in-depth understanding of the latest issues and debates in sociology. Hone your research skills, and develop expertise that will prepare you for a career in social policy, social work, local government, public service and more.

Our Master's course will help deepen your knowledge of the theoretical and substantive aspects of contemporary sociology. You’ll develop expertise in the principles and application of social research methodology, and examine key debates and issues like progress and reason, genetic structuralism and the role of modernity.

Our optional modules will also let you explore more specialist areas such as modern crime control, nationalism or nature and society.

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Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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To take into account

· What are the objectives of this course?

This course will prepare you for work in many fields, including human resources, social policy, social work, educational development, community development, counselling, local government, the civil service, public services and charities. Or you might decide to continue on to a research degree, like our PhD Sociology.

· What marks this course apart?

All your studies will be supported by our research-active staff, whose interests reflect the latest developments in sociology. Our staff and their areas of expertise are: Course Leader Dr Liz Bradbury : social theory; gender studies; psychoanalysis; the Frankfurt School Dr Shaun le Boutillier : social theory; applied ethics; explanations of the relations between individual and society Dr David Skinner: race and racism, the social and political aspects of scientific and technological innovation; the relationship between the natural and social sciences; forensics, databases and surveillance; the changing management of public services Dr Sam Lundrigan: criminological geographic profiling systems; spatial behaviour of serial rapists; behaviour consistency of serial offenders Dr Anna Markovska : transitional countries; serious crime; corruption; drug abuse Colleen Moore : violent behaviour; justice and injustice through the courts; human trafficking; comparative criminology Emma Brett : public service; learning and education; equality and cultural diversity; barriers to learning Julian Constable : learning and teaching in the post-compulsory education sector; police training methods To support your learning, we run a research seminar series and frequent symposia and conferences. All our students are welcome to attend and contribute.

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4.0 30/10/2016
What I would highlight: A University that is extending and growing a considerable measure recently. The offices are being enhanced and new structures are being built. They are spending a ton of cash too to get new staff to the college including exceptionally prestigious surely understood teachers.
What could be improved: Everything OK.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
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5.0 09/09/2016
What I would highlight: In spite of the fact that I am just a first year I have an inclination that I need to make this review. I simply feel so good here. Truly Anglia Ruskin have made the move so smooth. I have addressed companions at different colleges (counting Russell Groups) who have battled with getting any support though here in addresses everything is clarified so well and the college strives to ensure you are furnished with the right abilities. Likewise my speakers (History) are greatly energetic and make it intriguing so I do not sit and watch the clock. May I additionally include that the area of the Cambridge grounds is splendid, 15 minute stroll from train station, 10 minutes stroll from city centre area :)
What could be improved: Nothing bad.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
Mika NIlsson
4.5 24/03/2016
What I would highlight: I love the people here.
What could be improved: .
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
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What you'll learn on the course

Social Anthropology
Development Sociology
Organisational Behaviour
Political Sociology
Population Growth
Social Change
Social Interaction
Social Movements
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Sociology Anthropology
Skills and Training

Course programme

Modules & assessmentCore modules
  • Contemporary Social TheoryYour focus in this module will be on two key debates in social theory. The first is the structure-agency debate which asks whether social action exists merely as (the often complex) activities of individuals or it exists sui generis, as a product of social structure and an object in its own right. You will look at four different attempts to reconcile the debate: Anthony Giddens's structuration theory; Pierre Bourdieu's genetic structuralism; the critical realisms of Roy Bhaskar and Margaret Archer; and the neopragmatisms of Richard Rorty and Patrick Baert. Your second focus of attention is the debate over the role of modernity and its ideals of progress and reason, starting with the Frankfurt School and looking at post-modern social theory as well as ‘late’ modernity and concepts like Ulrich Beck's risk society thesis; Anthony Giddens's 'reflexive individual'; or Zygmunt Bauman's 'liquid modernity.' Your assessment for this module will be the submission of two 3,500 words essays.
  • Postgraduate Research MethodsThis 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.
  • Major ProjectThis module will support you in the preparation and submission of a Masters dissertation, allowing you to explore in-depth a particular topic that reflects your academic interest.
Optional modules
  • Nationalism, Diasporas and IdentitiesYou will explore notions of identity related to belonging, rootedness and mobility, examining key concepts such as nationalism, transnationalism, diaspora and migration. Particular attention will be paid to intersections with gender, class and ethnicity. You will investigate the notion of 'home' at different spatial scales, while concepts of hybridity will also be examined, especially the growing importance of multi-generational diasporic communities. Your key focus of interest will be second-generation identities. You will draw on detailed case studies in order to ground these concepts and identify their specificities. You will be encouraged to develop case studies informed by your own backgrounds and localities. Your analyses of comparative diasporic and transnational experiences will be developed and interdisciplinarity will also be encouraged. Your assessment will have two elements based on an individually-selected case study: a presentation and a 5,500 word report.
  • Nature, Technology and SocietyYou will explore the relationship between social, technical and natural worlds and, in the process, open up discussion both of the sociology of the future and the future of sociology. You will address a number of contemporary issues such as the changing social, economic and political role of science and how this influences social science. You will look at technological and scientific development as social processes and explore how ideas about 'nature' feature in contemporary life. Other issues you will explore are sociological approaches which can take account of the ways in which people are at once social and biological beings and how the public and policy-makers engage with new forms of scientific and technical practice and their accompanying risks. These questions are considered in relation to case studies such as information and communication technologies that are part of socio-technical systems; biopower, biocapital and biocitizenship; and recent developments in the life sciences that may challenge existing views and experiences of self, life, kinship and citizenship. As part of your assessment, you will contribute a seminar presentation. You will also write weekly abstracts of core reading which form part of their final assessment portfolio, which will also include a project essay based around a case study.
  • Independent Learning ModuleThis module will support you in the preparation and submission of an independent learning project. It will allow you to study topics not provided within existing modules but within clearly defined parameters, and where appropriate supervision is available.

Depending on the module, you’ll show your progress through a combination of essays, presentations, case studies and portfolio work, as well as a Major Project at the end of the course.

Additional information

Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time (September starts); 15 months full-time (January starts).

Teaching times: Mondays and Thursdays from 3-6pm (full-time); Mondays 3-6pm (part-time).

Course fees:  UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year) £6,100

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time) £3,050

International students, 2016/17 (per year) £11,200

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