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MA Culture, Society and Globalisation

Study how we're pushing through traditional boundaries in today's world

Year of entry: 2020

Length

1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

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Discover how societies and cultures across  the world are becoming increasingly connected.

In this course, you'll learn how people are shaped by their nationality, gender and ethnicity and explore  the global effects of culture transformation.

You'll look into how social media impacts society on a global scale, and what this means for people's lives and identities.

You'll also develop advanced research skills to help you design studies, and interpret and critically evaluate data and findings.

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 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.

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 2020/21

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year) £8,040£18,240
Part-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
£4,020£9,120

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

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

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

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.

Teaching format

You'll be taught through lectures and seminars where you can discuss readings in a group. A member of the teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree, to help guide your studies and monitor progress.

You'll spend time working on your own, reading assigned texts and researching supporting materials, as well as working with others in seminars to discuss and present your work.

You'll also attend seminars from visiting scholars on a wide variety of sociological topics.

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

Core modules will be assessed by a mixture of ‘open’ essays (where an assignment is prepared in your own time and handed in) and presentations.

Open assessments are released early in the term so you can select one or more essay titles to read around the topic and plan your chosen essay.

Towards the end of your studies, you'll complete a 15,000-word dissertation on an original piece of your own research.

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.

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
Undergraduate degree A degree in a relevant social sciences or humanities discipline. Candidates with other backgrounds and relevant experience may be admitted following an interview.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 in each component
TOEFL 87, minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

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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