Demand for various forms of expertise on human rights, citizenship and identities is rapidly expanding as governments, international agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and private sector organisations become increasingly sensitive to and interested in questions about rights and identities.
In the current global context 'national' versions of citizenship have reached crisis point. Yet what does it mean to think of yourself as a global citizen? This course aims to find out by investigating critical global questions such as war, migration, climate change, the credit crunch, the rise of nationalism, the impact of global media, sex tourism, modern slavery, the transformation of gender and sexuality and of course contemporary racism.
The programme explores what recent changes to the global cultural and political landscape mean for individuals and groups in terms of their ability to access human rights (social, economic and cultural, as well as political and civil).
It provides you with advanced level sociological knowledge of the concepts of 'globalisation', 'citizenship', 'identity' and 'human rights', as well as a critical understanding of their application in a range of discourses (political, legal, academic and popular).
This MA will be particularly attractive to social science and arts graduates who wish to pursue careers in the NGO sector, academia, the civil service or journalism, as it both provides advanced level sociological knowledge of debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities, and offers opportunities, to develop specialist knowledge and understanding of post-conflict cultures, human rights law and/or of media and globalisation, rights and identities.
- In addition to the contact you will have with academic staff through the various modules, you will also have the support of a specialist supervisor with whom you will meet regularly to discuss your dissertation
- Students are strongly encouraged to undertake voluntary work with an NGO
The MA in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights can be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years.
The MA consists of taught modules totalling 120 credits (which are taken during the autumn and spring semesters) and a 60-credit dissertation (undertaken over the summer period).
During the taught component of this course, you will take modules addressing sociological debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities. These modules will also give you a critical understanding of their application in a range of discourses (political, legal, academic and popular).
The taught modules are assessed by written work of either 2 x 2,500 or 1 x 5,000 word assignments.
The dissertation is a key component of this degree. It affords you the opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic of your choice under the supervision of sociologists who are nationally and internationally known for their expertise on citizenship, national and ethnic identities, globalisation, human rights and children's rights. Past dissertation topics have included:
A dissertation of 15,000 words in length must be submitted by the end of the summer period.
Between Europe and the Middle East: Critical Questions of Citizenship and Identity
This module will focus on two geo-political regions: Europe and the Middle East in order to explore and analyse a set of relevant discourses that pertain to understandings and experiences of citizenship and the political conditions for full citizenship.
Discourses of freedom, human rights, democracy, gender and multi-culturalism will be of particular concern. These discourses will be situated within the specific regions of Europe and the Middle East and the module will end with the case example of Turkey as a country which perhaps bridges the Middle East and Europe.
This module aims to:
- provide detailed knowledge and analysis of a crucial area of enquiry in understanding Europe and the Middle East
- offer an understanding of the diverse political practices and discourses that operate in Europe and the Middle East
Dissertation in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights
Students undertake a supervised dissertation of 15,000 words on a topic of their choice (subject to the approval of the course director).
This module aims to:
- demonstrate that the student is able collect, comprehend and critically evaluate and synthesize a wide range of materials relating to debates on global citizenship, identities and human rights
Globalisation, Citizenship and Identity
This module considers the following key debates in the contemporary study of citizenship, identities and globalisation:
- From 'imagined communities' to the 'shock of denationalization'
- Ethnicity: culture politicized
- Globalisation and 'resistance identities'
- Transnationalism and diasporas
- Theories of (contemporary) racism
- Global and cosmopolitan citizenship
- Globalisation, identity and violence
- Gendering globalisation and citizenship, and globalising gender
- Minorities, multiculturalism and politics of difference
- Intimate/sexual citizenship
This module aims to:
- explore contemporary questions such as: identity politics, human rights, violence, cosmopolitanism, ecological questions, multiculturalism, intimate/sexual citizenship, national, regional and ethnic identities, social democracy, and the rise of the far right and extreme nationalism
- provide an understanding of the continued relevance of issues related to citizenship and identity in the context of social and cultural change
Human Rights and Critical Modern Slavery
This module critically interrogates dominant liberal discourse on human rights and modern slavery.
Drawing on academic, popular and policy debate on human rights and case studies of phenomena that are deemed to constitute contemporary human enslavement - such as human trafficking, prostitution, domestic servitude, worst forms of child labour, forced labour and bonded labour in a number of sectors and regions - the module offers an opportunity to critically deconstruct the theoretical and political assumptions that underpin this discourse.
The module ultimately aims to draw students' attention to the deep connections between human rights and social, economic and political inequality on the basis of gender, class, race, sexuality, age and other identity markers under contemporary conditions of globalisation.
This module aims to:
- provide students with advanced level sociological knowledge of the concepts of human rights, globalisation, and modern slavery, an appreciation of the connections between these, and a critical understanding of their application in a range of discourses
- equip students with knowledge and understanding of the relationship between policy concern with modern slavery and processes of globalisation
- make students aware of how the changing cultural and political landscape can affect some groups' ability to access human rights
- facilitate an understanding of sociological debate and theory on concepts of globalisation, human rights, and modern slavery and their intersection with debate and theory in other disciplines
Researching Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights
This module provides a general introduction to a range of key issues in the design and conduct of social research, explores the interplay between philosophical, methodological and ethical issues in research on global citizenship, identities and human rights, and provides guidance on writing both a dissertation proposal and a dissertation.
The module is taught by means of seminars and workshops. By the end of the module students will be equipped with the methodological and practical skills to critically evaluate research evidence on global citizenship, identities and human rights and to carry out independent research for their dissertation.
This module aims to:
- explore some of the major issues (epistemological, practical and ethical) involved with undertaking research on global citizenship, identities and human rights
- develop students' ability to critically evaluate research evidence
- examine the relevance of more abstract methodological debates for actual research as practiced in 'the real world'
- enhance students' study skills and develop skills in desk, documentary, archival and other research methods
- familiarise students with the major issues associated with undertaking postgraduate dissertation research on global citizenship, identities and human rights
Students have to choose a further 40 credits of elective modules.
They can choose modules from other courses within and outside the School of Sociology and Social Policy with approval from the Programme Director.
Please note: All module details are subject to change.
The Graduate School website has information on funding sources. The school also has information on funding.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
This MA will be particularly attractive if you wish to pursue a career in the NGO sector, academia, the civil service, or journalism, as it both provides advanced level sociological knowledge of debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities, and offers opportunities to develop specialist knowledge and understanding of post-conflict cultures, human rights law and/or of media and globalisation, rights and identities.
Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers following their time in the school.
Conducting postgraduate work fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market. Studying at this level allows you to develop qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to employment in a wide range of different fields.
A postgraduate degree from an institution like The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 95% of postgraduates in the School of Sociology and Social Policy who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,692 with the highest being £30,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.
Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.