Concerned with analysing the activities of government, in particular the policies of the welfare state. Among the questions addressed are the following: How are priorities chosen? How are policies paid for? How do citizens make their views known? Do policies work? Can they be made more effective? Are those who implement policies sufficiently accountable? Core courses are complemented by courses on research skills and a wide range of options focussing on policy issues in particular areas, including public budgeting, family policy, law and public policy and social policy in Scotland.
The MSc in Science and Technology in Society (MSc SaTiS) provides a comprehensive introduction to the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS), offering new ways to understand and investigate the relationship between science and society. This degree equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically engage with the role of science, technology and innovation in societies, and to develop practical proposals for addressing key challenges we face in our technologically advanced world. The University of Edinburgh has a longstanding and international reputation in science, technology and innovation studies. The MSc SaTiS programme prepares its graduates for careers in the public or private sector, and in fields where a strategic understanding of the social dimensions of science and technology is of value.
This degree offers an intensive introduction to contemporary social anthropology. It is primarily a conversion course intended for graduates with little or no previous training in anthropology; these may be either students contemplating future doctoral research in social anthropology or students who wish to acquire anthropological expertise to supplement their existing range of professional skills.
This degree is intended to provide students with an understanding of the key issues in approaches to, and techniques of research in the social sciences. It can be taken either as a free-standing degree, or during the first year of doctoral study.
The course will equip you with all the practical and theoretical skills necessary for professional recognition by the Scottish Social Services Council and the General Social Care Council.
The MSc will provide you with an overview of the core current discussions and themes of Sociology, including globalisation and the relationship between 'the local' and 'the global', the nature of society and social change illustrated through discussion of substantive topics such as the city, faith and disenchantment, risk, identity and gender.