Taught course

Social and Political Thought

University of Sussex · School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a humanities or social sciences subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The strength of this MA 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 MA covera 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.


The largest assessed element in the MA is the 15,000-word dissertation. In addition, the core modules and options are assessed by 5,000-word term papers.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

Autumn term: Text and Critique in Social and Political Thought • Theorising the Social.

Spring term: you choose two 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.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/history-art-history-and-philosophy/social-and-political-thought-ma

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Dissertation100 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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