The MSc Sociology: Global Inequalities and Comparative Social Policy consists of 180 credits, consisting of 4 taught modules (combination of 40 and 20 credits), and a Dissertation (60 credits). All modules are compulsory.
Each of the modules are specifically designed to reflect current developments and thinking in sociological approaches to global inequalities, social policy, theoretical frameworks, contemporary issues in the socio political global arena, and introductory and advanced research methodological skills.
The course is structured around four taught modules:
- Global Inequalities (40 credits)
- Comparative Social Policy (40 credits)
- Research Methods 1 (20 credits)
- Research Methods 2 (20 credits)
And one Dissertation module.
The first two provide you with a strong foundation in a theoretically and empirically informed analysis of inequality, and the impacts and consequences of social policy across a number of related themes, for example: health, poverty, culture and ethnicity, class, disability, gender and employment.
The Research Methods 1 and 2 modules (Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods and Advanced Research Methodologies) provide a robust preparation and training in the types of social research methods required for carrying out academic forms of sociological research.
The Dissertation module allows you to utilise a range of conceptual and analytical skills in the production of an in-depth piece of work, guided by academic staff.
"The Sociology MSc Global Inequalities module has been a chance to expand into new, previously unexplored areas of Sociology not accessible or presented at the undergraduate level. The Module has been exhilarating, eye-opening and has allowed myself and the other students to expand on areas not only of interest but previously unimaginable within the traditional educational canons.
The exploration of writers, concepts and lines of thought previously silenced by the hegemonic canons has been an experience only accessible through the Sociology MSc. The introducing of multiple new paradigms and intellectual arguments along with guest lecturers all expanding on areas key to the module from global health inequalities, non-European knowledges and global development has expanded my intellectual, educational and academic horizons for my own future interests."