Taught course

Social and Cultural Theory

University of Bristol · Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides an introduction to a range of debates located within the so-called 'cultural turn' in sociological studies. Increasingly, sociologists are looking to the concept of culture as a source of explanation - and questioning - in their studies of contemporary social formations.

Both theoretical and substantive elements of this cultural turn are addressed. Therefore, the works of key thinkers within social and cultural theory (Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault and others) are explored, while the role of cultural explanations within theories of race and ethnicity, gender relations and the sociology of religion (among others) is also given both theoretical and empirical consideration.

These issues are situated within the framework of analyses and critiques of wider debates and discourses in social and cultural theory on questions such as postmodernism, postfeminism and postcolonialism.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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