Masters (MSc): Successful completion of all 4 modules (120 credits) plus dissertation (60 credits); 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time.
Diploma (PgDip): Successful completion of 4 modules (120 credits) with no dissertation.
Certificate (PgCert): Successful completion of 2 modules (60 credits) with no dissertation.
Globalization is widely regarded as one of most important societal changes of our times, one that affects people living all around the world. Since the late 1980s, globalization has become an important research field in the social sciences, as well as a major concern of policy-makers and citizens alike. This often places social scientists into meaningful dialogues about the benefits and drawbacks of globalization with government officials, corporate executives, leaders from civil society, and the general public.
Our Globalization Programme constitutes a timely and relevant course of study. It should appeal to many kinds of prospective students, but especially those seeking to deepen their understanding of the diverse types of societal changes being driven by globalization. Upon completion of the programme, students should be well positioned for a variety of jobs dealing with global processes and international affairs, or for continued studies in the social sciences at the doctoral level. Mid-career professionals, seeking to continue their career and intellectual development, will also benefit from this degree programme.
The Globalization Programme reflects the international research expertise of the Department of Sociology in this field. The degree programme is the first of its kind in Scotland. After successfully completing the degree programme, students should be equipped with:
School of Social Science
A typical course schedule for a full-time, MSc student is shown below:
First Half-Session (September to December)
Second Half-Session (January to May)
Summer Session (June to September)
Dimensions of Globalization
This course focuses on substantive dimensions of globalization by considering recent changes occurring in the economic, political, social, and cultural realms of societies around the world. These themes are analyzed by considering recent empirical studies, which clarify our theoretical understand of globalization through advanced social scientific research.
The substantive themes covered include global capitalism, the global division of labour, global governance and national sovereignty, trans-national social change, international migration, and cultural change. Interconnections between these aspects of globalization are highlighted, as well as how they both standardize and diversify societal practices around the world.
Advanced Social Theory
This course aims to give students a comprehensive understanding of social theory, covering the period from the classical theorists through to present-day thinkers. It covers broad range of schools of thought, including critical theory, conflict theory, structuralism, post-structuralism, post-modernism, feminist theory, and accounts of late modernity, risk society, and others.
Links to substantive areas such as globalization, European society, religion, cultural change, and the body and gender are made throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on how theoretical ideas can be related to empirical contexts, and how social theory is crucial for carrying out social scientific investigations in a range of substantive areas.
Social Research Methods module
Research methods training is designed to assist students to complete their dissertation. The methods course chosen will be from amongst he portfolio of modules available on the School of Social Sciences Masters of Social Research or in the discipline-specific methods modules taught by the Department of Sociology as best fits the background, experience and needs of individual students.
The choice of methods module will be made with the advice of the Programme Director. The portfolio of methods modules available is described under the Masters of Social Research (MRes) entry.
The elective module will be chosen from amongst the portfolio of modules available on other MSc degrees in the Department of Sociology, the School of Social Sciences and the College of Arts and Social Sciences, depending upon the modules available at the time, the interests of the students and their background. The choice of elective module will be made with the advice of the Programme Director. The portfolio of modules available is described under the Graduate School of the College of Arts and Social Sciences web entry (see www.abdn.ac.uk/cass/graduate/prospective/).
Examination is exclusively by means of course work, mostly by means of essays. Students will be permitted one resubmission of failed work, but no resubmission of the dissertation.
The globalization programme is led by Christopher Kollmeyer, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology whose research focuses on economic and political aspects of globalization. He holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a faculty fellow in the Global and International Studies Program from 2003 to 2005.
His doctoral dissertation on the political consequences of economic globalization won a prestigious award from the American Sociological Association, and his work appears in some of the world’s leading social science journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, the Review of International Political Economy, and Social Problems.
Applicants to the Globalization Programme should hold an relevant Honours degree (at a 2:1 standard or higher) from a recognised university. Under exceptional circumstances, applicants without these qualifications may still be admitted, provided they have an approved level of work experience in a related field and strong references.
References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. They are not usually required in order for a decision to be made but in certain cases applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector (see above).
The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see www.abdn.ac.uk/international/english-requirements
Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. More Information can be found here.
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