International Social Transformation

Study mode:Part-time Languages: English Duration:12 months
Local:$ 7.91k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 19.2k / Academic year(s)  
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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.

If you wish to apply for our postgraduate taught programmes, you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account where appropriate.Candidates who have narrowly missed securing an upper second result may be considered on their merits. We also welcome applications for the Social and Public Policy programme from good candidates from the Humanities that are keen to enter the public or voluntary sectors, or who work in these fields already.Postgraduate diploma routes are available for candidates that do not wish to take the full MA programme. It is also possible to consider candidates for the Diploma who are not appropriately qualified for immediate MA study. Such candidates may be considered for subsequent transfer to an MA programme, depending on performance.Successful completion of a postgraduate degree demands facility in English. It is a requirement that essays and dissertations are well-written.Prospective and intending students whose first language is not English will need to ensure that their linguistic proficiency is adequate. They may need to undertake some language training in the University or elsewhere.Minimum requirements * Internet Based TOEFL: 92 with not less than 23 in speaking, 21 in reading, 22 in writing and 21 in listening * A minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency. The University of Leeds Language Centre can provide more details on your English requirements. The Language Centre also provides the Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional course which is designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful study on a taught postgraduate degree programme.Pre-sessional courses start in September, January, April, July or August.Important information about language testsNew British government regulations state that an ... * IELTS * TOEFL iBT * or PET Academic... test score must be less than two years old when the University of Leeds issues a Certificate of Approved Study (CAS) to an international student that has been offered a place on a postgraduate taught programme.An international student requires a CAS in order to obtain a British student visa.What this means for youWhen you apply to one of our postgraduate courses, you must ensure that your English Language Test score will be less than two years old when we make a decision on your application. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

You can find further information on fees at University of Leeds Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Information on Economic and Social Research Council Awards and School scholarships can be found at funding and scholarships.

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