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Goldsmiths Visual Sociology MA 2 years 8 months ago #157

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Please advertise to undergraduates. This is the first MA in Visual Sociology, now accepting applications!



Exploring sociological issues through visual, sensory and inventive methods

Drawing on Goldsmiths’ strengths in Visual Sociology, creative and critical social analysis and experimental approaches in Science and Technology Studies, this programme is designed for students who are interested in new ways of exploring and understanding the social world through the use of visual, sensory and other inventive methods.

The MA in Visual Sociology provides an introduction to the range of debates in visual and sensory sociology, encouraging you to build on these by using visual and sensory methodological practices to carry out critical social research in your areas of interest, such as contemporary capitalism, ‘race’ and ethnicity, postcolonialism, gender and sexual cultures, human rights, biotechnology, globalisation or other aspects of social life.

The programme combines lectures and seminars with practical sessions and workshop-based projects in which you develop a hands-on approach to sociological research, providing a skills base in methods that could be used in public sector contexts, art/media research, design or the commercial world. The course is suitable for applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds, including art, design, anthropology, media and communications, and sociology.

The MA in Visual Sociology is offered by the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. It begun in September 2013, and current students on the course say this about the programme and their reasons for studying on it:

‘My initial background is graphic design, and although I really enjoy working with visual media I have always felt I wanted to learn more, and perhaps be able to think about the world and my role within the world in a more interesting way. […] The MA in Visual Sociology was the only course I found that was trying to do something new, trying to use other ways to understand society and giving space for innovative ways research it. […] I feel that we have been giving a lot of space to be experimental and I found all the projects we’ve developed so far are very interesting and exciting’.

‘I have a background in experimental film and came to the MA in Visual Sociology as I wanted to engage with sociological methods and theory. The course is challenging and as it's such a new discipline students are encouraged to think in innovative and experimental ways and put those into practice’.

‘one of the benefits of the programme is the wide range of methods which it explores. One can get hands-on experience with photography, film, sound recording, editing and more. Students are encouraged to bring their own ideas to class using unusual methods like drawing and even cooking. It is highly experimental and would be suited for people looking to explore the possibilities of sensory methods in sociology within academic or other contexts. I applied to this course because I love Sociology but I didn't want to be confined to traditional text based methods of sharing knowledge’.

For further information and contact details:



Dr. Michael Guggenheim

Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow
Department of Sociology
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London
SE14 6NW

++44 - (0)20 - 7919 7731

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