Social and Political Theory (MA)
This MA shows how a consideration of social and political theory is relevant to politics in the contemporary world. Some of the questions addressed include: Should liberty prevail over equality? What are the limits of tolerance in a multi-racial society? Should the mass media reflect or manufacture public opinion? How can theoretical perspectives inform debates about practical matters of public policy?
This is a multi-disciplinary MA which is taught jointly by political theorists and philosophers. You will get an understanding of the political issues and controversies addressed by modern and contemporary political theorists, an understanding of different normative and epistemological perspectives and of how these affect political debate and policy.
The MA lasts twelve months for full-time students and two years for those studying part-time. You will have seminars and lectures during the first two semesters and then over the summer you will work on your dissertation which is handed in at the start of September.
Several of the MA programmes have Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC) recognition. This means that they meet national criteria for the training of social scientists. These skills are very valuable to a wide range of careers.