School of Sociology and Social Policy

The Bauman Institute

Latest Tweets



In this section:


The team at the Bauman Institute are responsible for the MA Social and Political Thought programme for postgraduates within the School of Sociology & Social Policy.

Led by Dr Austin Harrington, the programme explores how social and political theory frameworks can be applied within contemporary social research.  It encourages students to consider the positioning and relevance of classical and contemporary theory, including feminist, postcolonial and psychoanalytical perspectives, to an understanding of contemporary economic, social, political and cultural phenomena.

Students will consider how the works of key authors from Marx, Weber and Simmel through to Foucault, Bauman, Butler and Deleuze help us to understand the rapid social change occurring around the world. Students will study the sociology of nations, nation-states, capital and markets, power and inequality, as well as modes of resistance, all in global and comparative perspective.

As well as opportunities for a career in social research with government, think tanks, NGOs and civil society groups, the programme also offers a rigorous foundation for PhD studies in sociology and social research.

Key Modules:

Contemporary Social Thought; Power & Critique; Global Transformations; Sociology of Media & Culture; Social Policy Analysis; Sociology of Money & Finance (forthcoming 2017); MA Dissertation (eligible for Janina Bauman Prize)

Janina Bauman Prize

Following a wonderful donation by the Bauman family, the Bauman Institute has established a prestigious award entitled the Janina Bauman Prize.

The award is given for the very best Dissertation submitted by a postgraduate student who is registered on either of the two Masters programmes offered by the Bauman Institute.

For more information and a list or previous winners, see the Janina Bauman Prize page.

Core Teaching Staff

Dr Mark Davis, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Bauman Institute

Dr Tom Campbell, Lecturer in Social Theory

Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli, Lecturer in Sociology

Dr Austin Harrington, Reader in Sociology

Dr Kirsteen Paton, Lecturer in Sociology

© Copyright Leeds 2017