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  • Academic Title
    Communities, Organisations and Social Change MA
  • Course description
    This programme is intended for those who work, or want to work, as social change/ social development specialists in a variety of local, national and international settings including non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations, regeneration and development agencies, local and national government, academic and social research organisations, trades unions, community-based organisations and campaign groups. It is also highly relevant to private sector work where issues of corporate social responsibility and social justice are increasingly paramount.

    It provides advanced knowledge of the many social and political issues, controversies and challenges arising from global and transnational transformations, including corporate power; ethical trade; sustainable social development; migration; poverty and inequality; culture and identity and human rights.

    Modules: MA Communities, Organisations and Social Change

    Students complete five taught modules from a combination of three compulsory core and two elective modules. Students also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce a dissertation over the summer period.

    Core Modules

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          Globalisation:  Challenges and transformations (SGM101)
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          Communities and social action (SGM102)
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          Approaches to social research (SGM222)
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          Sociology Dissertation (SGM111)

    Elective Modules (choose three from this list)

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          Democratisation, information and communication (SGM009)
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          Culture and identity (SGM104)
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          Human Rights: Concepts and Issues (SGM106)
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          Globalising Cities (SGM107)
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          Rights, Multiculturalism and Citizenship (SGM109)
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          Introduction to Refugee Studies (SGM116)
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          Refugees Rights and Refugee Settlement (SGM117)
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          Social Policy Research and Evaluation (SGM216)
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          Communication, Culture and Development (SGM223)
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          Current Issues in Sociology (SGM228)
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          Global Migration (SGM233)
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          Feminisms and the Media: Representation, Technology and Change (SGM239)

    Programme Structure: MA Communities, Organisations and Social Change

    Mode of Study
    Students may take the MA programme on a full or part time basis.

    Duration
    Teaching is delivered in the format of lectures, classes and seminars, taking place in the first and second academic periods (September-April).

    Full-time students will normally attend for two or three days a week, and complete their dissertation in the third academic period.

    Part-time students will normally attend for one or two days each week. In the first year they will take two core modules in the first academic period and two optional modules in the second academic period. In the second year they will take one core module in the second academic period, one optional module in the second academic period and complete their dissertation.

    Dissertation
    The dissertation of 15,000 words carries 40% of the total marks towards the MA degree. Full time students should present their dissertations by September of the year following entrance.

    The weighting of the marks is as follows:
    Continuous assessment (coursework) 60%
    Dissertation 40%

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