Members of 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, this wide-ranging programme explores key concepts, methods, debates and applications in social and political theory.  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.

Core modules will introduce you to social and political thought and its relation to current grand challenges in a fast-changing, globalised world. From the seminal works of Karl Marx and Michel Foucault to contemporary thinkers such as Judith Butler, Mariana Mazzucato and Maurizio Lazzarato, you’ll think about how these approaches can help us understand processes of social change at the local, national and global level.

Beyond this, you’ll have the option to choose modules that suit your own research interests – you could specialise in gender, racism and ethnicity studies, social policy, globalisation, care, health or disability among others. You can also pursue research and methods training to prepare for further study.

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 (2019/20); 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.