Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

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 experimental approaches. The programme introduces a range of debates in visual and sensory sociology such as the problem of media in sociology, beginning with classical debates in sociology but expanding from there to include recent debates surrounding the notions of sociological materials, translation and the studio to discuss how sociology can represent the social. As well as innovative methodological practices that are orientated towards developing creative and critical skills for studying the contemporary social world, students gain a practical knowledge in photography, sound and video production through intensive practical workshops.

Course Modules

Topics include: sensory sociology; offers an advanced introduction to social research; current social, political and technological contexts; the city; family/private life; sound and smell; and medicine and technology.

Course Additional Entry

Degree of at least an upper 2nd Class or equivalent in sociology or a suitable related subject; significant professional experience; applicants whose native language is not English, require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £12,300  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,250  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)