The Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield is pleased to announce the launch of a new MA in Vulnerabilities and Protection starting in September 2014.
The MA in Vulnerabilities and Protection is the first postgraduate programme in the UK to examine vulnerabilities, violence and protection across the life course. It draws on different disciplinary perspectives and examines national and cross-national contexts. Students will consider real-life examples and ways in which theory and policy influence and inform practice.
The aim of the programme is two-fold:
1) To examine vulnerabilities, violence and protection across the life course in national and cross national contexts from different disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, social policy and social work.
2) To enable students to explore real life examples of ways in which theory and policy influence and inform practice.
These aims will be achieved by examining at both national and cross-national levels and all stages of the life course:
the social construction of vulnerabilities, violence and protection;
the impact of contemporary socio-economic, cultural and political dynamics on perceptions and patterns of vulnerabilities, violence and protection;
the policy and practice responses of statutory, voluntary and community agencies in various contexts to the issues of vulnerabilities, violence and abuse experienced across the life course.
Course content is inspired by our cutting-edge research and reputation in international comparative social policy, sociology and social work. Topics covered include, amongst others:
• Child protection and children’s rights;
• Family violence;
• Safeguarding older people.
You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, small-group work and problem solving. Following training in research methods, you will have the opportunity to specialise on a topic of interest to you through a guided independent project.
Is this course for me?
The course is aimed at those looking to increase their theoretical understanding of vulnerabilities, violence and protection across the life course. It is of particular value to those who wish to further their career in research, academia or policy development, or who wish to improve service delivery within statutory organisations as well as NGOs and INGOs.
The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant or social science discipline.
Our minimum English requirement is:
• IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component), or equivalent.
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Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh
Lecturer in the Sociology of Childhood
Department of Sociological Studies,
The University of Sheffield,
Tel: (+ 44 114 22) 26444
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