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Critical and Creative Analysis MA

Goldsmiths, University of London

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £3875.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

We live in a time of profound cultural, social and political changes, and this degree in Critical & Creative Analysis is designed to equip you with conceptual and analytical tools to understand and engage these developments in thoughtful and inventive ways.

  • This programme emphasises the critical analysis of cultural processes from advanced theoretical perspectives – our analysis is as creative and dynamic as the processes themselves. 
  • You’ll be introduced to a range of traditions and resources from the sociology of culture, cultural studies, process philosophy, continental philosophy, postcolonial theory, critical literary aesthetics, and textual analysis. Through this, you’ll gain a critical understanding of contemporary cultural processes and central issues in the theory and analysis of contemporary culture.
  • You’ll investigate key debates and questions like how cultural analysis can engage with the most significant challenges of the contemporary globalised world and whether critical traditions of social and cultural thought provide adequate responses to these challenges.
  • This is the department’s most flexible MA and benefits from an expanded choice of option modules. In addition to the core module and one chosen from within a wide range of options from the Department of Sociology, you are able to choose two further modules from across a range of participating departments, allowing you to tailor the degree to your individual interests. 
  • You’ll join a community of students from around the world who have a range of backgrounds and interests – we welcome graduates from fields such as such as social science, humanities and philosophy, as well as more creative and artistic pursuits.
  • You’ll cover a range of disciplines including sociology and social sciences, cultural studies, anthropology, art and philosophy. The interdisciplinary nature of the degree allows you to broaden your perspectives and introduces you to subjects you might not be so familiar with.

We live in a time of profound cultural, social and political changes, and this degree in Critical & Creative Analysis is designed to equip you with conceptual and analytical tools to understand and engage these developments in thoughtful and inventive ways. This programme emphasises the critical analysis of cultural processes from advanced theoretical perspectives...

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Course Content

The MA enables you to develop critical and analytical interdisciplinary perspectives on contemporary socio-cultural processes. It offers a sense of the breadth of possible approaches, while developing the skills necessary to produce original analyses in a scholarly and inventive manner. You take:

  • core module (30 credits)
  • Three option modules (or equivalent; 90 credits in total)
  • dissertation (60 credits)

The core module is taught within the Department of Sociology, and provides an introduction to critical contemporary sociological conceptualisations of culture, presenting opportunities for the development and exploration of interdisciplinary perspectives on the analysis of contemporary cultural processes. 

In addition to the core module, you also study three option modules (or equivalent). One of these must be chosen from Sociology; the others may be taken from departments across Goldsmiths including the Departments of Anthropology, English and Comparative Literature, Politics, Media and Communications, Music and Educational Studies. 

You also write a Dissertation for which you meet for individual supervision with a member of the Sociology staff and participate in Dissertation workshops.

As a full-time student, you would normally complete the core module and one option in the Autumn term, and two further options in the Spring term. As a part-time student you will spread these over two years. Core and option modules are normally taught by one hour lectures, followed by one hour seminars.

The MA enables you to develop critical and analytical interdisciplinary perspectives on contemporary socio-cultural processes. It offers a sense of the breadth of possible approaches, while developing the skills necessary to produce original analyses in a scholarly and inventive manner. You take: A core module (30...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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New Cross, London

Full Time, 1 year

September, 2020

£7750.00

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Classroom

New Cross, London

Part Time, 2 years

September, 2020

£3875.00

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Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. 

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.  You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment consists of coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.

Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) awards are also available in this programme. For the award of Postgraduate Diploma, you would need to successfully complete the core module and option modules to the value of 120 CATS; for the Postgraduate Certificate you would need to successfully complete the core module and option modules to the value of 60 CATS. Please note that these are exit awards; if you successfully complete the whole programme you'll be awarded an MA.

Assessment consists of coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations. Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) awards are also available in this programme. For the award of Postgraduate Diploma, you would need to successfully complete...

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