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  • Academic Title
    Equality and Diversity MA
  • Course description
    This new programme enables students to reflect at an advanced academic level on challenges posed by the introduction of new Commission on Equality and Human Rights in 2007 around issues of gender, race, disability, sexuality, age and religion. This programme of study will enable the further academic development and training of professionals who need to develop their understanding of contemporary issues around diversity and equality, and recent graduates who are interested in a specialist qualification in this area as the basis for a future career or research. As a multidisciplinary programme, this new MA programme includes contribution from various other schools both within and outside of our faculty and any further input from local employers/ prospective students in regards to the relevance of its content is most welcome.

    Part-time 24 Months, Full-time 12 Months

    Department of Sociology and Social Policy
    You will discover a wide range of opportunities for graduate work in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Throughout its existence the School has been a major centre of research and graduate training in Sociology and Social Policy, and Leeds PhDs can now be found at senior academic levels throughout Britain and the world. The academic staff pursue a wide range of research interests, and we are able to provide supervision for a large and expanding graduate school, as well as graduate training on a range of MA programmes. The programme of research training that we provide our students is recognised by Britain’s Economic and Social Research Council. Our research record has been highly rated (5) in the most recent (2001) Research Assessment Exercise. The School has four major research centres which specialise in family/childhood, gender, ethnicity and disability and is also home to the ESRC Research Group on Care, Values and the Future of Welfare. The School has over 80 postgraduate students doing a variety of and MA and Diploma courses including an MA in Social Research, and 40 research postgraduates studying towards a Phd.

    What you study
    -University Equality and Diversity (30 credits)
    -Equality and Diversity: policies, practices and implementation (30 credits)
    -Equality and Diversity (Dissertation)

    Candidates will also be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules (all 30 credits):

        * Citizenship Education: Principles and Practice
        * Special Educationa Needs: Principles and Practice
        * Theorising Gender
        * Que(e)rying Sexualities
        * Gender, Race & Culture
        * Research Frontier: Citizenship and Belonging
        * Enabling Communication across Languages and Cultures in Health and Social Care
        * Gender and Equality at Work
        * Democratic Theory and Political Transformation
        * Quantitative Research Methods
        * Qualitative Research Methods
        * Advanced Racism and Ethnicity Studies
        * Issues in Social Policy Analysis and Research
        * Social Policy, Politics and Disabled People
        * Evaluation Research
        * Debates on Disability Theory and Research

    A description of the course can also be found on the department's website.

    How you study
    The programmes begin in late September, and modules are taught in the daytime over two semesters for both full-time and part-time students. As a full-time student you will complete four modules and a dissertation in one year, whereas part-time students spread these components over two years. Teaching is more intensive than on undergraduate degrees - modules are conducted largely through weekly workshops and small-group seminars. Tutors also provide you with individual advice on written work and so you should be able to develop expertise in improving your work through drafts and redrafts. There are no formal written exams on the MAs, each module is assessed by a long essay, project, or assignment(s), offering the opportunity for you to work on your particular field of interest within each topic area. Although these are taught programmes, you should be aware that the assessments involve a good deal of independent study. Depending on your scheme of study you will create your own MA ‘pathway’ around core modules and optional modules from a range of choices. All taught modules have a credit weighting of 30 credits each, with 60 credits for the dissertation. Candidates will be required to complete 180 credits for the award of MA or 120 credits for the award of Diploma.

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