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  • Entry requirements
    a good honours degree in a social science discipline.
  • Course description

    If you are working or planning a career in the field of disability…
    • And wish to bridge the gap between your understanding of theory and practice…

    If you want to explore the sociology of 'race'…
    • And the challenges of inequality…

    If you want a sophisticated understanding of racism and ethnicity…
    • And to examine the various conceptual and theoretical debates…

    …then MA in Disability, Ethnicity and Racism is the programme for you.

    The MA in Disability, Ethnicity and Racism provides a unique opportunity to study the complex interplay of macro and micro forces that shape socio-cultural responses to and, therefore, the experience of disability, ethnicity and racism.

    The programme draws heavily on the individual and collective experiences of disabled people and people from minority ethnic groups. Providing a space for meaningful dialogue and debate about these complex interlacing areas of social enquiry, the course supports recent trends in human rights discourse and equal opportunities policy at the local, national and international levels.

    This timely and innovative postgraduate programme of study brings together the expertise of scholars and researchers from two internationally renowned Centres of Excellence, located in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds: The Centre for Disability Studies, and the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies.


    MA in Disability, Ethnicity and Racism is available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis. The course has five modules: three compulsory, two elective.

    Compulsory Modules

    Debates on Disability Theory and Research gives you the opportunity to critically evaluate recent debates and developments within social research on disability. Not only will you discuss positivist, interpretative and 'emancipatory' methodologies, alongside associated data collection and analytical strategies, you will also examine their significance for disability research.

    Through the module, you will investigate theoretical perspectives, the various definitions and approaches to impairment and disability, and disability as an equal opportunities and policy issue. You will explore the impact of myths and prejudices, industrialisation and the welfare state upon cultural representations of disability.

    Advanced Ethnicity and Racism Studies will give you the tools to explore conceptual and theoretical debates within the sociology of 'race', and examine their implications for understanding and challenging problems of racism and racial inequality. Through this module, you will investigate the history of racism and ethnic minority settlement, the politicisation of race and the relevant legislation, race issues and the welfare state, and citizenship in a European context.

    Disability, Ethnicity and Race Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the department's MA/PhD supervisory panel. Through the dissertation, you demonstrate your ability to develop and complete an in-depth analysis, select and use appropriate research methods, deploy advanced theoretical concepts and relate a focused study to broader Disability and Special Education debates and concerns.
    Elective Modules
    In addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose one modules from the following list.
    • Fundamental Issues in Sociological Research
    • Research Strategy and Design
    • Advanced Sociological Theory
    • Race, Gender and Migration
    • Social Policy, Politics and Disabled People
    • Sociology of Health and Illness
    • Disability and Development
    • Negotiated Study in Disability Studies

    For more information about both the compulsory and elective modules, please consult the module catalogue .

    Postgraduate Diploma in Disability, Ethnicity and Racism
    Available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis, the Postgraduate Diploma in Disability, Ethnicity and Racism covers similar ground to the MA, but does not include the dissertation module. On the basis of a good performance in a full-time student's first semester, or a part-timer's first year, students initially registered for the Diploma may be transferred onto the corresponding MA.

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