University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Social and Political Thought

The strength of this programme derives from it being a genuinely interdisciplinary course that bridges the conventional divides between social theory, political theory and philosophy, the history of social and political thought, and the study of political and social movements. The course brings together philosophers, legal theorists, sociologists, historians and political scientists who have an interest in the interactions between the explanatory, normative and ideological dimensions of social and political thought. The programme covers both historical traditions and contemporary developments. Our objective is to provide a specialised knowledge of selected areas in contemporary thought and a broad basis in the major European historical tradition.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in a humanities or social sciences subject.

Course modules

Autumn term: Text and critique in social and political thought; theorising the social. Spring term: you choose 2 options from: Capitalism and its critics; Hegel and Marx; international relations in world history; law and social theory; law, neoliberalism and the welfare state; law, security and the global public good; modernity and international relations; modern republicanism and commercial society; political and legal philosophy; religions, cultures and civilisations in international relations; the ethics and politics of globalisation; the Frankfurt school and critical theory; the idea of Europe; war, terror, violence and international law. Summer term: You undertake supervised work on the MA dissertation. There are regular work-in-progress seminars.

Assessment methods

Core modules and options are assessed by 5,000-word term papers; there is also a 15,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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