University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MSc Contemporary Identities

Address:

Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Contemporary Identities

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The study of identity is a burgeoning area of sociological and cultural studies. Over a range of units, this programme provides an introduction to key themes in this field, with identity explored in both theoretical and substantive ways.

On the one hand, there has been an exciting and innovative strand of work to explore and re-theorise the ideas of subjectivity and selfhood in the context of changes brought about by late modern and postmodern society. On the other, the question of identity has come under scrutiny from within substantive areas of sociology, such as the sociology of race and ethnicity, the sociology of religion and the sociology of gender relations. There are also important discussions concerning the ways in which identities are recorded and observed, including debates over new narrative and other qualitative methodologies.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units

  • Contemporary Identities and Inequalities
  • Dissertation

Optional units

You will also choose at least four further units from a list of sociology units. Options vary each year but may include:

  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Theories of Ethnicity and Racism
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
  • Philosophy and Research Design
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Understanding Culture
  • Narrating the Self
  • The Theory and Politics of Multiculturalism
  • Interpreting Gender
  • Advanced Qualitative Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Research
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Care, Labour and Gender
  • Religion and Politics in the West
  • Understanding Risk

A maximum of one unit can be chosen from the other optional units that are offered by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies in the academic year.

Third term

Independent study for dissertation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,700 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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