University of Cambridge: Sociology (The Sociology of Marginality and Exclusion)
|Institution||University of Cambridge|
|Department||Single Tier Structure|
This pathway aims to integrate the consideration of themes in social theory with the study of substantive topics, as well as give a thorough grounding in research methods. There are three elements to the pathway:
1. A core course of 8 two-hour sessions on the Sociology of Marginality and Exclusion. This course is taught by Dr Monica Moreno Figueroa, Dr Meghji, Dr Burchell, Dr Weinberg, and Dr Iacovou. It covers some of the major theoretical contributions to the sociological study of marginality and exclusion and some key substantive topics. The theoretical contributions covered will explore current conceptual debates on marginality, exclusion and precarity, intersectionality, racism, sexism and class exclusion; postcolonial debates on exclusion and marginality, health inequalities and precarity; housing and the reproduction of everyday life; labour inequalities and social production. The substantive topics vary from year to year but will address the dimensions of marginalization in relation to the production and reproduction of social life as well as the exercise of power. The topics are likely to include at least some of the following: the role of employment and unemployment in processes of social exclusion; the relationship between marginality and pathology; homelessness and its implications for the reproduction of social life, the logics of institutional, systemic and structural forms of racism, the debates around anti-racism, forms of resistance, and internalised racism; and the rise of populism. Topics for the Field Review essay will be drawn from the topics taught in this course. In addition to the social and cultural theory offered in this course, students will have the opportunity to attend other lectures in social theory and inequalities that are offered by the Department.
2. Research Methods: all students will receive training in research methods and will take a course on research methods which includes sessions on philosophical issues in the social sciences; research design; data collection and analysis in relation to quantitative and qualitative methods; reflection on research ethics and practice; library and computer skills. Students will also have the opportunity to take courses and attend lectures on many other aspects of research method and design and will select these courses in discussion with their supervisor.
3. Dissertation: all students will write a dissertation on a topic of their choice that allows for theoretically informed empirical analysis of some aspect of marginality and exclusion in contemporary societies. The choice of dissertation topic is made in consultation with your supervisor, who can advise you on the suitability and feasibility of your proposed research and on research design. A dissertation workshop provides the opportunity to present aspects of your dissertation work and to receive constructive feedback from course teachers and fellow students.
Master of Philosophy - MPhil
This pathway aims to integrate the consideration of themes in social theory with the study of substantive topics, as well as give a thorough grounding in research methods. There are three elements to the pathway: A core course of eight two-hour sessions on the Sociology of Marginality and Exclusion; Research methods and Dissertation.
|Level||RQF Level 7|
Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High 2.1 Honours Degree. Applicants whose first language is not English should have an overall IELTS score of 7.5 or an equivalent qualification.
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