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MA Culture, Society and Globalisation

Study the ways our modern world connects us across traditional boundaries

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

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If you're interested in how societies and cultures across the world are increasingly connected, including how social media impacts our global society and what this means for people's lives and identities, then this masters in sociology is for you. 

You'll discover more about the different ways people are shaped by their nationality, gender and ethnicity and the global effects of cultural transformation. You'll develop advanced research skills to help you design, interpret and critically evaluate data and findings, culminating in the completion of a research project of your own.

The course helped me to discover a new field of research that I hope to continue with in the future. I am looking to work for an international charity working with people affected in different ways by globalisation.
Harriet
MA Culture, Society and Globalisation

Course content

You will learn to investigate social and cultural differences and transformations in the contemporary world and the international world of work, and you will develop an insight into the effect of social media on societies.

You'll be based in a department with a reputation for cutting-edge research, with access to two innovative research centres, CURB (Centre for Urban Research) and ECCE (European Centre for Cultural Exploration), both of which provide opportunities to connect with researchers and students in other parts of the world to share experiences and explore findings.

Study abroad

This course is not associated with a specific Study Abroad programme, but York offers a number of options through international partnering programmes.

Study Abroad with York

Modules

You will study four core modules:

Option Modules

You will also choose two options from the following list:

You can choose to replace one of these modules with an elective module from another department. 

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

You will develop, design, implement and manage your own original research project, supervised by a member of staff with the relevant experience for your topic. To complete this masters in sociology degree, you will produce a 15,000-word dissertation based on your research project.

Students will also participate in seminars designed to provide guidance in:

  • Deciding upon and refining their topic and beginning their research (this will include conducting literature reviews, formulating research questions and designing appropriate methodology)
  • Research ethics, further methodological considerations, time planning and working with supervisors
  • Undertaking data analysis and writing up.

Example dissertation titles include:

  • The performance of difference: A critical reading of Lash and Lury’s “The Global Culture Industry” in the context of serial killer counter culture
  • The meaning of Chinatown: A comparative study about the perceptions and attitudes of first- and second-generation Chinese immigrants towards Chinatown
  • Globalisation and Feudalism: 21st century life in a North Yorkshire town
  • Cultural Identity in transnational intimate relationships
  • From reason to treason: The history of hip-hop and its one-dimensional global projection
  • Gender inequality: Highly educated women at work in urban China
  • Redefining Identity: Examining the reconstructions of local belonging in response to global change
  • Communication on wires: From a cross-cultural perspective
  • Can the UK’s geodemographic system be used for commercial purposes in the Far East?
  • Political leadership qualities in celebrity culture: Case study research: Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarznegger.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Apply advanced knowledge and critical awareness of key theories, concepts and approaches in the interdisciplinary study of Culture, Society and Globalization
  • Identify and evaluate the social and cultural challenges inherent to a globalising society, including aspects such as social media, inequalities and diversity in different socio-cultural contexts 
  • Develop research questions, empirically investigate and use data and theory to challenge implicit assumptions of a wide range of social, cultural and political issues in a global context
  • Collect, manage and undertake critical analyses of either qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate research methods and techniques 
  • Initiate, design and evaluate original, critical and academically rigorous research with regard to wider considerations of research governance and ethics through independent and group projects
  • Communicate confidently in academic and professional settings to a range of different audiences and via digital technologies.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£7,810£17,370
Part-time (2 years)
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
£3,905
year 1 fee
£8,685
year 1 fee

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Home/EU students

International students

Department scholarship information

For Home/EU applicants: Maria Bourboulis EU/UK masters scholarship.

For International applicants: Chevening/N8 research partnership award.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical exercises and workshops. There will be an opportunity to work independently and as part of a group. 

There will also be opportunities to choose option modules from other departments within the University and to engage with other students and researchers from other countries.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Sociology on Campus West.

Most of your contact hours will be in Wentworth College, with some additional teaching on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Types of assessments used throughout this course include: 

  • Assessment essays of between 3,000 and 5,500 words
  • Group presentation project
  • Outline research proposal
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation (15,000 words).
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Careers and skills

This broad-based masters in sociology degree is an ideal grounding for postgraduate students looking to go on to further study such as PhD or for a career in an international organisation, government organisations or the third sector. The communication and cultural knowledge developed will be highly valued by any organisation with international interests.

Our Sociology alumni

Career opportunities

  • Social research organisations and marketing
  • Media
  • Art
  • Heritage and leisure
  • Management and organisations, especially international companies

Transferable skills

  • Data analysis
  • Critical reasoning
  • Social media and social research
  • Awareness of social transformation and cross-cultural difference

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

Eligible applicants have, or are soon to complete, a degree in a relevant social sciences or humanities discipline, but candidates with other backgrounds and relevant experience may be admitted following an interview.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.

The international equivalents of UK qualifications are shown on our country-specific pages. You can also contact the international team for guidance.

English language

If your native language is not English, you should meet an English language proficiency level of 7.0 in the British Council's IELTS test with at least IELTS 6.0 in writing. We do accept other English Language Tests. Students who have successfully completed a recent undergraduate degree at a UK University are exempt from the English Language requirement.

We also strongly recommend that applicants attend the University's Intensive Summer Courses organised by the EFL Unit.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

Eligible applicants have, or are soon to complete, a degree in a relevant social sciences or humanities discipline, but candidates with other backgrounds and relevant experience may be admitted following an interview.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.

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