Semester 1, core modules:
What is intersectionality? How do we apply this to our professional lives and what are the theories surrounding it? This module explores the history of civil rights, equality laws, legislation and policies which have led to intersectional approaches today. You will learn interesting theories and methodologies surrounding intersectional approaches to change as well as skill development in making professional decisions in the diverse contexts of twenty-first century organisations.
- Research and Evidence (30 credits)
This module will prepare you as a social researcher to plan, construct and implement a researchable problem. You'll be introduced to the different methods used by social researchers to examine and analyse our social world. You will learn important software to help your research further, such as SPSS for quantitative research and NVivo for qualitative research.
Semester 2, optional modules (choose two):
- Mind, Body and Health Inequalities (30 credits)
What are the physical and mental health inequalities faced by people in the UK? In this module, you'll examine historical and current inequalities in both physical and mental health in the UK and globally. Inequality is treated from the perspective of the effect of social class, gender and ethnicity and the interrelationship between them. This will include not only mortality and morbidity rates but the impact of inequalities on health workers and service delivery systems.
- Fear of a Queer Planet? Sexuality and Inequality (30 credits)
What does it mean to be LGBTQI+ today in the social world? What are the structural barriers and inequalities faced by people across the globe? These questions will form the basis of this module as struggles over LGBTQI+ identity politics, human rights and inequalities have become more prominent in world politics. You'll examine key debates, movements and changes around an increasing awareness of sexuality and gender identity and will be encouraged to explore the issues faced by queer lives, communities, cultures and societies both locally and across the globe.
- Global Childhoods (30 credits)
This module is a critical, cross-disciplinary examination of the global cultures of children and young people. It explores the ways in which young people in diverse places and spaces participate in and express social and cultural values and practices. It seeks to understand culture in the contexts of everyday social practice and the shared values and beliefs of distinct social groups. You will explore the lived experiences of children as well as their knowledge and cultures.
- Risk, Austerity and Neoliberalism (30 credits)
How has austerity and economic/social policy affected our lives and services? Has this created further inequalities? In an increasingly global world, we are at the mercy of economic policies that affect the NHS, education, the Third Sector, youth policy, social care of older people and offender management. This module will examine the role of neoliberalism and austerity in increasingly ‘risky’ times, including the effects of these on societies, communities and neighbourhoods.
- Gender-based Violence and Society (30 credits)
Are all relationships equal? What is it about personal relationships that creates a context for violence? How might this violence be addressed? This module looks at gender-based violence in society and how it is linked with gender, patriarchy and intimacy. You will explore private and hidden gender-based violence/s, namely domestic violence including honour-based violence, forced-marriage and the impact on children. You will also critically explore how gender based violence has been addressed by the criminal justice system and its levels of success.
Semester 3, core modules:
- Inequality and Society Dissertation (60 credits)
Become a specialist and use your research training, theory and subject knowledge to investigate an area of inequality or inequalities in the social world either locally or globally and investigate solutions to them. You will have the opportunity to present your research findings and solutions from your research at an MSc conference in front of your peers and staff.