Programme Specification for the 2017/8 academic year

MA Cultural Sociology

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA Cultural Sociology Programme codePTA1HPSHPS71
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2017/8
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2017

NQF Level7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

Based in the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, the programme draws on staff research interests and expertise in cultural sociology as well as related areas including anthropology and Science and Technology Studies. Taking a broad and interdisplinary approach to the global field of cultural sociology, the programme provides a research-inspired advanced analysis of the various paradigms and theoretical and methodological perspectives in the sociological analysis of culture. You will be familiarised with the central theoretical, conceptual, methodological and empirical dimensions of the field. Through enquiry-based learning approach you will critically evaluate major paradigms of cultural-sociological analysis used across the world, including Marxism, neo-Marxism, mass culture theory, the production of culture, the sociology of art and new sociologies of art, Bourdieu and Bourdieusianism, structuralism and post-structuralism, the Yale School, Actor Network Theory, and globalization models, among others. You will consider themes such as the nature of culture, relations between culture and power, and how culture informs human agency and subjectivity. The course lays the necessary conceptual, methodological and substantive foundations for you to carry out your own independent research in the cultural sociological field, as well as facilitating employment opportunities in a wide range of professional positions in the public and private sectors, especially those concerned with the consideration or management of “cultural” matters.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme will draw on the department’s research strengths and interdisciplinary outlook to provide students with a sound foundation in cultural sociology at postgraduate level. In addition to taking optional modules drawn from the department’s core disciplines – sociology, philosophy and anthropology – you will explore a range of different research methods and conceptual tools and learn to apply them in your own cultural-sociological research. More specifically, the programme aims to:

-       Provide a critical understanding of key issues in cultural sociology and related areas, locating them in the wider theoretical and methodological debates in the social sciences today

-       Familiarise students with the conceptual and methodological tools to carry out sociological and interdisciplinary research on cultural matters, conceived in distinctively social scientific ways.

-       Provide students with the requisite intellectual skills and forms of knowledge to be an imaginative and critical thinker and problem solver who can evaluate in systematic ways concepts, theories, methodologies and forms of data collection in cultural sociology and cognate areas, and to develop sophisticated ways of apprehending the sorts of subject matters cultural sociologists engage with.

-       Equip students with a range of core academic and transferable employability skills appropriate for Masters-level study within cultural sociology, and within sociology and interdisciplinary social science more broadly.

4. Programme Structure

The MA in Sociology is a one year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

 

The programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is University-based throughout the period. The programme comprises 180 credits in total: taught modules worth 120 credits in total and a supervised dissertation worth 60 credits. Teaching takes place over two terms (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). Each taught module spans one term and is normally taught through seminars, underpinned by reading and essay assignments. The taught element consists of core modules, directed options and free options.

 

Interim Awards

Under exceptional circumstances you may exit this programme with a Postgraduate Certificate in Sociology on successful completion of 90 Credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology on successful completion of 120 credits.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/current/postgraduatemodules/

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site:

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/current/postgraduatemodules/

You may take Option Modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site:  http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/current/postgraduatemodules/

You may take Elective Modules up to (30) credits outside of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

The fourth character of any module code signifies its NQF level, according to the following scheme:

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Stage 1


150 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules.

Optional Modules

Plus 30 credits of modules selected from a list of options offered in the Department of Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology. 

 

Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site:

Total Credits for Stage 1

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Show an advanced understanding and critical awareness of contemporary cultural sociological issues
2. Show an advanced knowledge of theories and methodologies in cultural sociology
3. Read critically and contribute to the literature on research in cultural sociology
4. Demonstrate competence in a wide range of skills in the selection and use of differing research methodologies in cultural sociology

Reading

 Lectures

 Seminar discussions

 In-class group work

 1 Verbal feedback on seminar contributions (1-3)

 2 Written assignments, e.g. essay work (1-3)

 3 Dissertation (3-4)

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Analyse and synthesise different types of material and evidence
6. Understand complex terminology and discourses
7. Present independent interpretations.
8. Demonstrate a competence in applying concepts and methodologies to researching socio-cultural phenomena

Lectures

 Seminar discussions

 In-class group work

 5 Verbal feedback in seminars (5-7)

 6 Written assignments, e.g. essay work (5-7)

 7 Dissertation (5-8)

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Think independently at an advanced level
10. Construct and defend a rigorous argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials
11. Plan work efficiently to achieve realistic goals within constrained time-frames.
12. Plan, execute and write up research through individual initiative

Lectures

 Seminars

 In-class group work

9 Verbal feedback in seminars (9-10)

10 Written assignments (9-12)

11 Dissertation (9-12)

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Progression

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

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16. Partner College / Institution

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17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

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18. Final Award

MA Cultural Sociology

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision