Sociology and Social Justice

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MA

Key facts

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, blended learning
Study option:
Part-time, blended learning
Duration:
13 Months
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021

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Do you want to make a positive impact on society? On this course you’ll understand a range of contemporary social problems and inequalities. This qualification can be a route to career progression or further academic research.

You’ll examine how socio-cultural, political and historical conditions, relations with others and material circumstances shape our careers, family life, gender and/or sexuality and later life choices.You may already be working within the community, voluntary or public sectors: tackling poverty, health education or social research.

The Sociology and Social Justice MA will give you the insight and skills to tackle injustices and make an impact in society. We have connections with a range of local organisations, providing dissertation opportunities. You’ll be encouraged to focus on your specific area of interest or work. Our robust training in research methods will support those wanting to pursue further doctoral research.

You’ll examine how socio-cultural, political and historical conditions, relations with others and material circumstances shape our careers, family life, gender and/or sexuality and later life choices.You may already be working within the community, voluntary or public sectors: tackling poverty, health education or social research.

The Sociology and Social Justice MA will give you the insight and skills to tackle injustices and make an impact in society. We have connections with a range of local organisations, providing dissertation opportunities. You’ll be encouraged to focus on your specific area of interest or work. Our robust training in research methods will support those wanting to pursue further doctoral research.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Sociology and Social Justice

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Sociology and Social Justice

Part-time study

This course can be taken part-time over three years. You’ll take one module per semester and a final year dissertation.

Blended learning

We offer face-to-face teaching with virtual learning, allowing you to fit your studies around work and personal commitments. 

Part-time study

This course can be taken part-time over three years. You’ll take one module per semester and a final year dissertation.

Blended learning

We offer face-to-face teaching with virtual learning, allowing you to fit your studies around work and personal commitments. 

Employability is embedded throughout the course and you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation project within your place of work or volunteer within an organisation, business or government department relating to the issues covered on the MA course.

Employability is embedded throughout the course and you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation project within your place of work or volunteer within an organisation, business or government department relating to the issues covered on the MA course.

Course content

You’ll receive hands-on training in research methods and how to use software to analyse data.

Through popular culture, you’ll explore how gender and sexuality affect everyday lives. ‘Stories from the Later Life’ explores the transitions and ‘age’ related phases as people move through their life-courses in Britain and how these are influenced by socio-cultural and historical climates.

You’ll be introduced to theoretical and conceptual models to appreciate the ways in which prejudicial attitudes, power and discrimination can impact people’s everyday lives and how effectively society is tackling and responding to these issues.

Alongside active sociological and criminological researchers, you will be encouraged to study topics of personal and professional interest through the dissertation.

You’ll receive hands-on training in research methods and how to use software to analyse data.

Through popular culture, you’ll explore how gender and sexuality affect everyday lives. ‘Stories from the Later Life’ explores the transitions and ‘age’ related phases as people move through their life-courses in Britain and how these are influenced by socio-cultural and historical climates.

You’ll be introduced to theoretical and conceptual models to appreciate the ways in which prejudicial attitudes, power and discrimination can impact people’s everyday lives and how effectively society is tackling and responding to these issues.

Alongside active sociological and criminological researchers, you will be encouraged to study topics of personal and professional interest through the dissertation.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advanced Sociologial Theory 30 credits
Researching Crime And Society: Research Design And Data Collection 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Postgraduate Dissertation 60 credits

Entry requirements

You’ll normally be expected to hold a relevant honours degree with at least a 2:1 from a recognised university or body.

If you have an undergraduate degree in Sociology, Criminology or a related discipline you will be eligible to apply for this course.

If students do not have the required qualification but have professional experience, we would encourage you to apply as we consider all applications on their individual merit.  Similarly, if you are unsure whether your degree would be appropriate, please contact our enquiries team who will be able to assist you

You’ll normally be expected to hold a relevant honours degree with at least a 2:1 from a recognised university or body.

If you have an undergraduate degree in Sociology, Criminology or a related discipline you will be eligible to apply for this course.

If students do not have the required qualification but have professional experience, we would encourage you to apply as we consider all applications on their individual merit.  Similarly, if you are unsure whether your degree would be appropriate, please contact our enquiries team who will be able to assist you

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Facilities

Libraries

We have Libraries and Service desks at both sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. All have experienced and friendly staff who can answer your IT queries, help you to access resources, show you how to research for your assignments and even help with referencing.

Some libraries are open 24/7 at key times in the academic year and we have a 24 hour help line too.

Careers

On completion of the Sociology and Social Justice MA, you’ll be equipped to work in a wide range of roles with a central purpose to make a positive impact upon society. You may undergo further training in some professions. The types of roles include:

  • Social work
  • Welfare work
  • Probation service
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Local and national government
  • Charity/ voluntary sector
  • Campaigning
  • NGOs

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Teaching will be delivered on one day per week, on campus, giving you the flexibility to combine work or volunteering in the workplace with postgraduate study.

We also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Get hands-on training in research methods
  • Use software to analyse data
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

Working with our active sociological and criminological researchers, you’ll be supported in topics of personal and professional interest. 

Teaching will be delivered on one day per week, on campus, giving you the flexibility to combine work or volunteering in the workplace with postgraduate study.

We also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Get hands-on training in research methods
  • Use software to analyse data
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

Working with our active sociological and criminological researchers, you’ll be supported in topics of personal and professional interest. 

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, reports, e-posters, e presentation, a problem-based assignment or portfolios.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, reports, e-posters, e presentation, a problem-based assignment or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Assessment skills (including time management)

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Student Enabling Centre is here to help sure nothing stands in your way.

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices, but could look like:

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices, but could look like:

Independent learning

As well as timetabled sessions, we know it’s important for you to discover things on your own terms. This could involve:

  • Reading journals, articles and books
  • Working on projects, alone or in a group
  • Researching in the library
  • Preparing coursework

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. Whether you need a library or a computer, you’ll find it at Staffordshire University.

As well as timetabled sessions, we know it’s important for you to discover things on your own terms. This could involve:

  • Reading journals, articles and books
  • Working on projects, alone or in a group
  • Researching in the library
  • Preparing coursework

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. Whether you need a library or a computer, you’ll find it at Staffordshire University.

Staff

You will be taught be dedicated and research active lecturers, whose expertise and knowledge closely match the content of the course. Each of our team has a PhD, or is working towards one, and all are members of the Higher Education Authority. Each of our team has extensive contacts within the Criminal Justice System and/or local community partnerships.

Dr Emma Temple-Malt

Course Director

Em is the Course leader for the PG Transnational Organised Crime Masters,, Sociology and Social Justice Masters and Criminology and Criminal Justice Masters. Her expertise are in domestic abuse education and research methodology.

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Fees

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA-Full-time, blended learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £8,085 per course £14,500 per course

For the course starting on 13 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA Part-time, blended learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £2,685 per year of study

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs
  • Any optional field trips
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.

Scholarships and additional funding

Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options - part-time, full-time and distance learning. However, postgraduate certificates (PgCerts), postgraduate diplomas (PgDips) and PhD courses are excluded if you live in England or Wales.

You can apply for a postgraduate loan if you are:

  • Studying a taught or research Masters course such as an MA, MSc or MBA
  • Under 60 years old at the start of your course
  • Ordinarily resident in England or Wales, or an EU national

Apply

Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus MA Full-time, blended learning 20 September 2021 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you’re offered a place at Staffordshire University, there’s a few rules, regulations, and conditions you’ll need to know.

When you join us as a student, you’re entering into a contract. The terms of this contract might change from time to time. You can read the University Policies and Regulations for up-to-date information.

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