University of Leeds, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences, and Law

Introduction

Welcome to the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law.

We are one of the largest faculties in the University of Leeds.

Our wide range of research-informed courses encompass undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research degree programmes, as well as online and professional development courses.

The Faculty's research in the social sciences is internationally rated. We host major research and interdisciplinary centres. Our students and staff also benefit from excellent links with key international organisations and institutions.

With the support of our dedicated and highly-reputed staff, we can help you to achieve your full potential. We know that you will enjoy your time at Leeds and look forward to working with you.

Professor Jeremy Higham, Dean of Faculty

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MA Gender Studies

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

If you choose an MA in Gender Studies, you will engage with challenging, cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of developments within contemporary thought. [+]

MA Gender Studies Gender Studies is an exciting area of scholarship. Drawing insights from across many academic disciplines, Gender Studies explores the dynamics of relations between women and men in the past, present and future. If you choose an MA in Gender Studies, you will engage with challenging, cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of developments within contemporary thought. Our MA in Gender Studies is distinctive in the wide range of disciplines and theoretical and methodological perspectives that contribute to the programme, and in the number of options available to you as a student. By the end of the course, you will have an advanced understanding of the nature of gender studies, its interdisciplinary frameworks and the range of theoretical perspectives and methods. You will also have the ability to analyse social and cultural phenomena through the lens of gender in a way that appreciates a range of disciplinary perspectives. You will have specific knowledge of some aspects of gender studies, both theoretical and applied, and the ability to conduct a piece of individual research, using appropriate conceptual frameworks and methods, on an aspect of gender studies. Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Studies Available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis, the Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Studies covers similar ground to the MA, but does not include the dissertation module. On the basis of a good performance in a full-time student's first semester, or a part-timer's first year, students initially registered for the Diploma may be transferred onto the corresponding MA. Key Information Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time. Entry Requirements: a good honours degree in a related discipline. [-]

MA Global Development

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

MA Global Development is an introduction to the cross-disciplinary field of global development. It provides an overview of alternative theoretical approaches in the analysis of development. [+]

MA Global Development MA Global Development offers you ... a flexible, cross disciplinary programme critical perspectives on theories and practices in global development research-led teaching by staff who are practically engaged in their field of study and have extensive experience of teaching postgraduates the stimulation of studying with a diverse group of students from around the world. If you want to … examine issues of global poverty and injustice critically debate topical development issues challenge and contest mainstream ideas on global development combine theoretical discussions with learning practical skills in development research and management ... then consider MA Global Development. MA Global Development is an introduction to the cross-disciplinary field of global development. It provides an overview of alternative theoretical approaches in the analysis of development, and examines their differing policy and practice implications, with a particular focus on low and mid-income country contexts. The course is an opportunity to learn about and analyse the major socio-economic and political changes that have characterised global development in recent decades. It offers debate and insight into topical issues in a rapidly changing field, combining theoretical analyses with detailed discussion of how theories and strategies affect people and impact on poverty and well being in specific local contexts. You will learn development research skills, whether from a programme or advocacy perspective, and explore the principles of project management. You will learn practical skills such as how to run a focus group, undertake a stakeholder analysis, write a project proposal, develop a monitoring and evaluation framework, and prepare a budget. This interdisciplinary course is a well-established programme that attracts a large and diverse group of international students. Many are mid-career professionals seeking time out to reflect; others seek the disciplinary expertise they will need to take up a career in development – perhaps within a government department, the non-government sector, the agency world or activism. Programme content Compulsory Modules Global Inequalities and Development provides you with an understanding of why and how the world’s inequalities produce advantages and disadvantages in development. You will cover economic, social, and political inequalities to lay the foundation for discussions about poverty, dispossession, food, environment and aid. You will also explore how social movements in the global south claim rights and thereby challenge global inequalities. Development Management Techniques reviews the main elements of preparation, management and evaluation of development projects, with examples taken from social, environmental and natural resource development areas. You will study both the theoretical and analytical principles of Project Cycle Management including management by objectives, project logic, Logical Frameworks, budgetary submission and financial management. Research Methodology for Development is a workshop module and will introduce you to the logic and parameters of the research process. You will examine the relevance of both qualitative and quantitative data and evidence, along with issues of practicality, ethics and epistemology in the research process. You will also develop practical skills in a range of Participatory Rapid Appraisal methods, such as mapping and ranking, as well as conventional qualitative research techniques including questionnaires, focus groups and oral histories. Global Development Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in development studies through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories. Optional Modules You will also study two of the following optional modules: - Africa in the Contemporary World - Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance - Democracy and Development - Education in Development - Gender, Globalisation and Development - Global Justice - Global Politics of Health: Power and Inequity - International Political Economy - Political Economy of Resources and Development - The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict - The Rise of China - Chinese Politics - China’s Development - Religions and Global Development Please note module options may be subject to change. [-]

MA International Educational Management

Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

The course provides a deeper understanding of education management and leadership theory and practice from an international comparative perspective. [+]

MA International Educational Management This specialist programme is suitable for experienced educators, including teachers, school leaders, lecturers, governors, ministry officials, administrators, school inspectors, and students of development, or officials from international contexts with current, or prospective, management responsibilities in schools, further or higher education. If you work in a senior educational leadership role, or aspire to such a position, the MA International Educational Management will help you address the issues central to the management and leadership of schools, colleges and higher education institutions in national policy contexts. As the programme includes participants from across the world, we are able to make use of such varied student expertise and knowledge to enrich the learning experience of the whole group. Academic study is further enriched through educational visits to government departments and local schools. An emphasis is placed on the critical application of contemporary education theories to practical challenges and case studies relevant to students’ own cultures and workplace environments. The course provides a deeper understanding of education management and leadership theory and practice from an international comparative perspective. Students will develop conceptual insights essential to effective leadership and management practice, along with academic skills in educational research and academic writing as a foundation for further study at doctoral level. The diversity of the group also facilitates the development of intercultural competency and communication skills, essential to educational leaders in a globalised world. Why study with us? There are several MA degrees offered in Educational Leadership at various higher education institutions throughout the UK and abroad, but External Examiner reports have highlighted both the very high level of student satisfaction and what has been described as an ‘almost unique’ feature of the Leeds programme in assessing educational leadership, management and policy from a critical international comparative perspective, facilitated by the diverse cultural and international profile of the course participants. MA International Educational Management critically examines key issues in education policy and organisational leadership and management from an international comparative perspective, preparing students for promotion to more senior leadership positions and/or further research for doctoral degrees (PhD and EdD). Dr Michael Wilson Programme director. Students come from a variety of educational sectors ranging from primary schools to universities, and are thus able to adapt the assignment topics to their own contexts and professional interests. The tutors are not only research active, with strong international contacts for both teaching and research, but also have senior leadership experience in schools and/or universities. Research environment The tutors are research active and have published widely in top-rated educational journals. Much of this work has been done (and is being done) in collaboration with colleagues overseas, including academics and school leaders in China, Indonesia and Nepal. The key publications of the tutors are included in the reading lists and made available on the VLE. Students also have access to additional research methods modules and supplementary workshops on preparing their critical studies. PhD students in IEM are also encouraged to give presentations to the MA group on their research, which has been mutually beneficial in providing valuable feedback to the PhD students while acquainting the MA students with some leading-edge research in their field of study. Several Visiting Academics and Research Fellows from China working in Leeds with the Programme Leader have also attended MA seminars and contributed to the research culture of the IEM course. Enrichment As members of a wider research community, we encourage students to attend a variety of relevant School, Faculty and University seminars on research and practice related to educational policy, leadership and management. The formal academic programme is also enriched through student membership of the British Educational Leadership Management & Administration Society (BELMAS) and a number of educational visits. We regularly receive welcome news and feedback from former students on their experience of the MA (IEM) programme and its value to their professional development and subsequent career progression. Membership of BELMAS Membership of BELMAS is free for students in their first year of postgraduate study and provides access to two leading journals, Educational Management Administration & Leadership and Management in Education, as well as an opportunity to attend major events, including the BELMAS Annual Conference in July and local research seminars and workshops. Attendance at such events is co-ordinated and supported by course tutors. From 2013, students will also be encouraged to join the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration (CCEAM). Membership fees are fixed at 2009 prices and are as little as £4 for students from developing countries in the Commonwealth. Membership includes access to the journal International Studies in Educational Administration. Educational visits In semester 2 we plan to arrange at least one school visit to provide an opportunity for MA (IEM) students to observe lessons and to discuss various aspects of school leadership and management with the Principal and other senior members of staff. In the past, students have found this a particularly valuable experience in linking the theory and principles of effective leadership and management to a case study context. Discussion topics have included the management of financial and material resources and staff development policy and practice, which are directly linked to the coursework modules. Also In semester 2 an opportunity to explore the processes of developing educational policy into practice is offered through a series of visits in London. Meetings take place with a Member of Parliament (MP) and associate staff with an opportunity to tour parliament and witness debates in the Houses of Commons and Lords. We explore the political process of policy development and how it becomes law using current educational themes as examples. Further additional sessions are arranged at the government Departments for Education and Business, Innovation and Skills, talking to the civil servants responsible for developing and implementing educational policy and with members of a political party hoping to influence educational policy. These sessions include presentations from key civil servants with invitations for students to question and discuss the issues. In the past two years, Hilary Benn, the MP for Leeds Central (including the University of Leeds), has met us at Westminster. He is currently in the Shadow Cabinet and has served in the previous Labour government as Secretary of State for International Development with a wide knowledge of international policy issues and a keen interest in the MA (IEM) programme. Our stay in London is over three days, including two nights' accommodation at a university hall of residence. This is also an excellent opportunity to relax and reflect on the programme. Time is also available during the visit for other parts of London to be explored. [-]

MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

This distinctive Masters programme directly addresses the complex nature of the Politics and International Relations of the Middle East. [+]

MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East *For 2015 entry* MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East offers you … an advanced understanding of the issues of security, economy and society across the Middle East a comprehensive analysis of the ever-changing dynamics of this complex region an interdisciplinary programme drawn from an international relations and comparative politics perspective If you want to … examine the pressing contemporary issues facing the Middle East gain an insight into the internal dimensions of the region and their links with regional and extra-regional relations a programme which is both academically cutting-edge and policy relevant at a time when the middle is undergoing radical change … then consider MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East. "This is a fascinating programme that offers an in depth analysis of this vital region, delivered by an expert academic team." Dr Alan Craig This distinctive Masters programme directly addresses the complex nature of the Politics and International Relations of the Middle East, enabling you to gain an insight into the internal dimensions of the region and their links with regional and extra-regional relations. Covering a range of approaches from the disciplines of Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations it addresses the security, economic, identity and political dynamics of the region. The programme is of interest to students/practitioners wishing to study these issues in more depth and to make comparisons across the region. Career Possibilities There is a growing market from employers for graduates with expertise in Middle Eastern politics: from NGOs and international institutions; ministries of foreign affairs, trade and defence; as well as consultancy and risk-management/analysis firms engaged in the region. The programme is both academically cutting-edge and policy relevant at a time when the Middle East is undergoing radical change. It will produce graduates who are able to fill the growing need for experts on the region in a variety of industries from oil and investment to security and services. The Middle East is a growing market for many firms who all want to understand the risks and opportunities of working in the region better. Why study with us? Our department is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK. You will therefore benefit from a range of expertise in terms of substantive issues and regional specialisms that you are unlikely to encounter anywhere else. Our core teaching team have a specific interest and experience in the politics, economics and society of the Middle East. Research-led teaching Our academics are widely recognised as leading experts in their field as measured in their successful acquisition of research funding, publications in leading peer-review journals, the production of policy briefs and evidence used in high-profile political deliberations and frequent invitations to appear on national and international media. They boast specialisms in a range of areas: the politics of Islamism; the Persian Gulf; the Israel-Palestine conflict; the international organisations of the Middle East; democratisation in the region and issues of terrorism and insurgency. Teaching on the programme draws upon a network of Middle East specialists based at the University. They come from a range of disciplines and participate in the Middle East research group (MERG). Middle East Research Group Area specialisms and research culture You will benefit from our specific expertise and research interests in a diverse range of areas relating to the Middle East. With particular focus on security issues, regional relations and the interest of the outside powers in the Middle East, as well as our in-depth research and experience in specific sub-regional areas. Our rich research culture within the School of Politics and International Relations is specifically focused on the Middle East. It also draws on other regions and cross cutting themes such as the prevalence of authoritarianism and the problems of democratisation, meaning that there is a combination of focus on the Middle East which is also influenced by wider insights and research focus. [-]

MA Politics

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

MA Politics offers a thorough understanding of contemporary political issues with some of the most cutting edge, research-led teaching on offer. [+]

MA Politics MA Politics offers you ... a firm grounding in political analysis a critical insight in the defining events and dynamics of modern society a rigorous grounding in the dominant paradigms of political science an ability to personalise your programme. If you want to ... study in an intellectually vigorous environment participate in a dynamic research atmosphere access expertise in electoral and representative politics or regional specialisms ... then consider MA Politics. "MA Politics offers a thorough understanding of contemporary political issues with some of the most cutting edge, research-led teaching on offer." David Seawright, Politics Academic Group Leader. The early 21st century has witnessed a dramatic transformation of the global political landscape, with rapidly shifting regime change and new types of political actor transcending national borders. MA Politics draws on the unique range of country and conceptual expertise in the School of Politics and International Studies to provide a programme which builds on core political analysis to allow you, with the support of staff in the School, to tailor your academic module selection to suit your expectations of the qualification. On graduation, you will have built a portfolio of in-depth study of many of the defining events and dynamics of modern society, across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, providing an understanding of the world that will prove invaluable in either further academic study or as professional knowledge in the relevant postgraduate career. You will study Advanced Political Analysis, which provides a rigorous grounding in the dominant paradigms of political science, and is designed to equip you with the tools to study the key ways in which political phenomena can be explained and understood. The Politics Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in politics through independent research and the preparation of a 12,000 word dissertation, under the supervision of a subject expert in the School. You choose the remainder of your programme from the range of elective modules that, under guidance from academic staff, allow you to tailor the programme to your own learning requirements. Career possibilities As a graduate from this programme, you are well placed to move on to a range of careers where both substantive knowledge of key political domains, and the critical analytical and communication skills developed in the course of your study, are relevant. In particular, MA Politics provides an excellent grounding for those seeking to launch careers in a range of related areas such as media, civil service, NGOs, trade unions and academia. It is also ideally suited if you wish to develop the skills necessary to pursue a PhD in Politics. Why study with us? As one of the largest departments of Politics and International Studies in the United Kingdom, we aim to provide students with an intellectually rigorous and exciting environment in which to study, and a varied array of academic topics in which we possess expertise. The flexible structure to the MA Politics programme allows you a very high degree of input into the appropriate content for you, under the guidance of School staff. The combination in the School of Politics with International Relations and Development Studies gives you the unique opportunity to include associated disciplinary content where that complements the main Politics provision. Research-led teaching Working within a School with almost forty academics specialising in a range of Politics, International Relations and Development expertise, you will be immersed in a dynamic research environment which informs the content of your taught modules, as well as feeding directly into your own primary research through supervision of your dissertation. All of the School’s research groups, including Leadership, Parties and Institutions and Political Theory, are accessible through the optional modules, and, in addition, have thriving research seminar series where staff and postgraduate researchers present papers from their own work. A thriving academic culture The Leadership, Parties and Institutions group, together with a growing expertise in electoral and representative politics, forms the largest of the research groups linked to this MA. With one of the most renowned teams of researchers on Westminster politics, students wishing to specialise in British Politics or legislative studies will find themselves in a uniquely productive environment. The diversity of the School’s profile means significant expertise is also to be found in regional specialisations on China, South-East Asia, African Development and the Middle East, for example. [-]

MA Social Research

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

The programme covers a wide range of social research philosophies, strategies, techniques and issues, and is based on the integration of theory and practice. [+]

MA Social Research Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Our MA in Social Research provides the training that all ESRC-funded PhD students must undertake in Year One. If you want... a critical understanding of social research strategies… familiarity with the relationships between research, practice and policy… to develop specialist knowledge in quantitative and qualitative methods… to create a portfolio of 'hands-on' methodological skills and competencies… embark upon academic PhD research or policy-focused research in a social research institute or government agency… …then MA Social Research is the programme for you. MA in Social Research at Leeds provides in-depth academic training in social research. The programme covers a wide range of social research philosophies, strategies, techniques and issues, and is based on the integration of theory and practice. It provides access to a good range of relevant transferable skills in social research, and includes the production of a research dissertation. In the last decade, there has been enormous growth in the social research enterprise. Although different research environments, such as academic departments or governmental agencies, have distinctive research cultures, there is an increasing emphasis on the production of high quality, rigorous and meaningful research by professionally trained researchers. We designed the MA in Social Research to provide such training, and the course will interest people pursuing, or enhancing, a research-related career in a wide range of settings. Key Information Start Date: September Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time Entry requirements: A good honours degree in a social science discipline. [-]

MA Technology, Education and Learning (distance learning)

Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

MA Technology, Education and Learning (distance learning) is a two-year part-time online programme for people currently using digital technologies in educational settings. [+]

MA Technology, Education and Learning (distance learning) MA Technology, Education and Learning (distance learning) is a two-year part-time online programme for people currently using digital technologies in educational settings, such as teachers, trainers, user support staff, educational software developers, librarians and managerial staff. The programme also has a one-year, full-time Leeds-based option. MA Technology, Education and Learning analyses the relationship between digital technologies and education, and examines how technology can support learning across a range of educational settings. The programme analyses the theoretical, professional and practical applications of digital technologies, and critically evaluates research and development in technology enhanced learning, enabling you to relate the design and evaluation of materials to a range of learning approaches and practices. As this programme is taught online, you will gain practical experience of digital learning while you study. While many of our students study by distance, all students work together in a virtual learning environment (VLE), so you will meet many different people, even if you are working from home. Important note This programme is not an ICT skills training or programming course; we expect our students to have basic ICT competence before starting the programme Programme content Year 1 Compulsory modules Learning with Digital Technologies examines the relationships between learning theories and digital technologies, and explores subjects such as microworlds and constructivism, collaborative learning, tutoring systems, modelling and roleplay through the use of appropriate software applications. Optional modules You take one or two of the following modules. Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments (alternative version available with examination - see below) e-Learning: Principles and Practices Technology Enhanced Language Learning (alternative version available with examination - see below) On-screen, Off-screen: Children's Creativity and Cultures Year 2 Compulsory modules Critical Study in Education allows you to design and undertake a small-scale research project related to your own interests in the field of education. Issues in ICT and Education provides a critical examination of practice, research and development in the area of ICT in Education, and investigates the impact of computer based technologies on education. Optional Modules You take one of the following modules. Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments (alternative version available with examination - see below) e-Learning: Principles and Practices Technology Enhanced Language Learning (alternative version available with examination - see below) On-screen, Off-screen: Children's Creativity and Cultures You may replace one of the optional modules (in either year 1 or 2) with 30 credits from a selection of other offered by the School of Education. Please note that not all modules are available in distance mode. If you live in a country where distance qualifications are recognised only if formal examinations are included (for example, Cyprus or Greece) then you may take one or two modules with an examination instead of coursework assessment. Students in Cyprus should note that if you pass both of these examination modules then your MA will be recognised by KYSATS. The examinations must be taken at a local British Council Office and you will need to pay an additional fee (about £100 per module) to the British Council. Entry requirements Two years relevant postgraduate professional experience. We consider alternative qualifications and professional experience in exceptional circumstances. Basic ICT skills (internet, e-mail, word processing) and the ability to use computers routinely in your academic work. Ability to demonstrate independent facility in the use of ICT with appropriate technical support. Key Information Start date: September Duration: one year full-time, or two years part-time by distance learning. [-]

MA TESOL

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

One of the UK’s most respected TESOL programmes, in one of the biggest TESOL departments, the programme has helped students develop their professional careers for nearly three decades. [+]

MA TESOL One of the UK’s most respected TESOL programmes, in one of the biggest TESOL departments, the programme has helped students develop their professional careers for nearly three decades. MA TESOL is a one year full-time, or two years part-time, programme for experienced TESOL professionals, such as teachers, teacher trainers, language school directors, curriculum developers, inspectors, lecturers and materials writers. Most students leave the course feeling professionally confident and competent, and many are able to find more responsible, higher status work with their MA qualification. Why study with us? The MA TESOL offers a comprehensive programme of academic and professional development. Because we’re a large department we can provide a particularly wide range of courses, and our staff have experience of working in many different global TESOL contexts. We’re also known for our excellent academic and social support, which means students can quickly settle into life in Leeds, feel part of a welcoming, lively learning community, and form lasting friendships with colleagues from around the world. The programme effectively has three parts: in Semester 1, students study two core modules, while also doing a practice assignment, academic skills training, and taking part in a weekly TESOL forum with all other TESOL students. In Semester 2, students do various optional modules, and also study research methods. From June to August, students will be mainly working on their dissertation (critical study) with the support of a tutor; this is usually a research project on a topic of particular interest. During term time, students have 8-10 hours of class time, and will be expected to work independently outside class, either alone or in study groups. Most modules are assessed through written assignments, which students choose from a range of topics. Staff will comment on drafts and offer other kinds of support during the process of assignment writing, and act as supervisors for students’ dissertations within their area of expertise. In this way students can make dramatic improvements in their academic performance over the year. Research environment The programme is delivered by the TESOL team, who as members of the Centre for Language Education Research (CLER) are all active and respected researchers. Their expertise includes: teacher education ESOL metaphor motivation academic literacy multilingualism the teaching of language skills technology in language learning exploratory practice young learners curriculum change [-]