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University of Sussex postgraduate prospectus section 7: Subjects

  1. 1. 042 American studies Subjects Subjects 044 Anthropology 047 Archaeology 048 Art history 050 Astronomy and cosmology 052 Biochemistry 056 Biology 059 Chemistry 062 Computing, artificial intelligence and IT 069 Contemporary European studies 072 Creative writing 074 Development studies 083 Economics 086 Education and teaching 091 Engineering and design 128 English language (see Linguistics and English language) 098 English language teaching 099 English literature 103 Environmental science 104 Finance 099 French (see English literature) 106 Gender studies 109 Geography 099 German (see English literature) 114 Globalisation, ethnicity and culture 115 History 048 History of art (see Art history) 121 Human rights 122 International relations 125 Law 128 Linguistics and English language 130 Management 132 Mathematics 134 Media and film studies 138 Medicine and health studies 140 Migration studies 142 Music 144 Neuroscience 146 Philosophy 148 Physics 158 Policy studies (see Science and technology policy and management) 151 Politics 153 Psychology 099 Renaissance studies (see English literature) 158 Science and technology policy and management 162 Social and political thought 164 Social work and social care 167 Sociology 086, 098 Teaching (see Education and teaching, and English language teaching) 169 Visual arts and conservation studies 41
  2. 2. American studies American studies Essentials Programme structure • Our faculty research achieved grade 5 Autumn and spring terms: all students take Taught programme (recognising research of national and Theory in Practice: Readings in Contemporary MA American Literature: Critical Reading international excellence) in the most recent Theory and Literature, plus three of the following Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and Research programmes options: Anglo-American Modernism: Poetry our publications have attracted a number of MPhil, DPhil American History and Literature and Poetics; American Poetry after Modernism: prestigious prizes and nominations for both Retreat? Redirection? Rediscovery?; Admissions requirements British and American awards. Fictions of Capital: Case Studies in American For information on overseas qualifications that • American studies at Sussex offers flexibility Narrative; Representing the Great Depression; meet the admissions requirements, see pages and choice. For postgraduate students, we ImagiNation: Fiction and American History. 172-175 offer a taught MA in American Literature: MA Up to two options may be taken from related MA Critical Reading, an MPhil in American History A literature-based upper second-class programmes. and Literature, and a wide range of expertise undergraduate honours degree for the supervision of doctoral research in Summer term and vacation: you undertake MPhil supervised work on the MA dissertation. all aspects of the subject: literary, cultural, A first- or upper second-class undergraduate political and historical. MA students may also Assessment honours degree in history, literature or take courses from MA programmes in English. You are assessed by four 5,000-word term American studies DPhil • We have an active and friendly research papers and a dissertation of 20,000 words, for A Masters degree in a subject relevant to culture at all levels, including regular open which you will receive one-to-one supervision. your chosen area of research. For advice seminars with guest speakers, and frequent on research supervision, prospective DPhil symposia and academic conferences. applicants are encouraged to look at the Research programmes • Particular strengths include race and research areas and faculty interests listed on the ethnic relations, labour history and MPhil in American History and Literature right, and to contact Doug Haynes at the address slavery, discourses of migration, aesthetic 1-2 years full-time/up to 4 years part-time listed below modernism, modern poetry, popular culture An MPhil is a Masters-level research degree English language requirements and 20th-century writing. on a topic of your choice, achieved through IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in Writing and personal research and the close guidance of an • American Studies houses the Cunliffe Centre 6.0 in the other sections. For more information academic supervisor with relevant expertise. A for the Study of the American South and and alternative English language requirements, highly flexible qualification, your MPhil can either has close associations with the Centre for see page 174 be ‘stand-alone’ or, via an upgrade examination, Modernist Studies, based here at Sussex. Fees We also have close associations with the can form part of doctoral-level work, extending See pages 176-181 for information on fees leading literary journal Textual Practice. your thesis further and leading to a DPhil. Further information • All degrees may be undertaken on a part- or To facilitate greater autonomy and develop a Dr Doug Haynes, full-time basis. range of appropriate skills, all MPhil students are American Studies, normally required to take one or more research University of Sussex, Falmer, training courses during the first year of their Brighton BN1 9QN, UK Taught programme study. T +44 (0)1273 877304 Titles of recently completed theses include: F +44 (0)1273 625972 MA in American Literature: Critical Reading Selective Amnesia: Truth and Reconciliation E 1 year full-time/2 years part-time in the American South and Savage Desert, Designed for those with a critical interest in or American Garden: Popular Imagery in the Selling informed curiosity about modern American of California, 1876-1929. literature, this programme explores key topics in primarily 20th-century fiction and poetry. Assessment You are assessed by a 40,000-word thesis. Beginning with questioning how contemporary literary theory might inform all our readings, DPhil you will go on to investigate subjects such as Research applications are actively sought in modernism and its legacy in Anglo-American the following areas: 20th-century American writing, the relation between economic poetry and fiction; literature and migration; structures and narrative form, literary and autobiographical studies; popular culture; filmic representations of nationhood, or the African-American history; Southern history; relationship between culture, language and and Atlantic world topics. Proposals on other or politics during the Great Depression. related topics are welcome. This MA is associated with the Centre for Funding Modernist Studies ( EU applicants may apply to the AHRC (see Fees modernist). and funding on pages 176-186). Funding There are opportunities for research students to EU applicants may apply to the AHRC. For teach undergraduate courses. information on AHRC funding, see Fees and funding on pages 176-186. 42
  3. 3. Recent thesis titles Faculty research interests Technology, the public sphere and American American studies writing since 1960 Stephen Burman International political economy; class and race in the US; international Colonialism 1590-1730: the racialisation foreign policy. Author of The Black Progress of space Question: Explaining the African-American Selective amnesia: truth and reconciliation in the Predicament (1995). Currently working on a American South book on US foreign policy in the 1990s. Myth and sites of resistance: the structuring of Professor Robert Cook Political and social identity in contemporary US counter-discourse of history; the American Civil War; civil rights. Author race and gender of Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965 (2007) and ‘Slavish pleasures and mechanical leisures’: the Baptism of Fire: The Republican Party in Iowa, problem of leisure in America during the 1930s 1838-1878 (1993). Blank fiction: culture, consumption and the Sue Currell American literature and culture contemporary American novel 1890-1940; the emergence and production Do you see what I mean? An ‘inner law of form’ in of 20th-century mass culture; the thirties; Susan Howe’s historicism Taylorism/Fordism in relation to identity, language and the self; eugenics and popular culture; self- ‘City of refuge’: Harlem and the urban aesthetic help literature of the inter-war era. Author of The in 20th-century American literature March of Spare Time: The Problem and Promise of Leisure in the 1930s (2005). Specialist facilities Richard Follett 19th-century US social and economic history; slavery; antebellum American subjects have formed an important southern history; comparative slavery and race part of the humanities at Sussex since the relations; demography; agricultural and rural University was founded. Consequently, the history. Author of Louisiana’s Sugar Country University’s Library has large holdings of serials (2005). Currently working on slave demography and printed books relating to the US, plus and fertility patterns. electronic resources such as ECHO, and Early American Imprints. Doug Haynes European and American modernism, postmodernism and avant-garde Manuscript collections include: the Harvey writing and culture, particularly as these intersect Matusow Papers, covering the McCarthy Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother is an icon both with critical theory. Publications on Thomas of the endurance of Depression Americans and of hearings in the 1950s; the Kenneth Allsop Pynchon, William Burroughs, surrealism, and the documentary mode itself, subjects covered in Papers, reflecting that author’s interest in Nathanael West. the courses Representing the Great Depression, American society, literature and popular culture; and Fictions of Capital: Case Studies in American and a series of letters from Margaret Mead to Daniel Kane 20th-century American literature; Narrative Geoffrey Gorer, exploring aspects of their shared the avant-garde; the beats; poetry since the interest in American national identity. 1960s. Author of All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s (2003) and For the more advanced or specialised graduate What Is Poetry: Conversations with the American student, the incomparable American holdings of Avant-Garde (2003). the British Library and the Institute of Historical Studies – as well as London’s other repositories Maria Lauret American feminist fiction and of books, serials, manuscripts, films and the theory; the American 1960s; gender, language fine arts – are all within easy commuting distance and migration; race and ethnicity; women’s of the University. autobiography. Author of Liberating Literature: Feminist Fiction in America (1994), and Alice Walker (2000). Working on race and ethnicity in Academic activities women’s writing; narratives of migration. Open seminars in subjects related to the various Professor Peter Nicholls International Americanist disciplines – history, critical theory, modernism; literary radicalism of the 1930s English literature, lesbian and gay studies, and 1960s; contemporary American poetry and international relations, post-colonialism – are poetics. Author of Modernisms: A Literary Guide scheduled in addition to the regular American (1995). Currently working on contemporary studies seminar. experimental poetry in America. Website information Jarod Roll Race, work and protest in the political The American studies web pages are regularly economy of rural America, especially in the updated and are the most reliable source of 20th century. Publications on African-American information for faculty research interests, grassroots radicalism, American farmers and as well as programme changes. Visit labour relations in the New Cotton South, 1890- 1945. Clive Webb Race and ethnic relations in the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly in the southern states; racial and religious prejudice, racial violence, and the civil rights movement. Author of Fight Against Fear: Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights (2001); (ed) Massive Resistance: Southern Opposition to the Second Reconstruction (2005). 43
  4. 4. MA in Anthropology (Africa) Anthropology 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Anthropology Funding MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages 176-186). Programme structure Autumn term: you are provided with a foundation in the discipline, taking Anthropology and Ethnography; and Understanding Processes of Social Change. Spring term: you take Culture and Society in Africa and an option from the other MA Essentials • Anthropology at Sussex received a grade 5 anthropology programmes. Taught programmes (recognising research of national and international excellence) in the most recent Summer term and vacation: you undertake MA degrees supervised work on your dissertation. Anthropology Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Anthropology (Africa) • Anthropology was also awarded a grade of See below for assessment methods. Anthropology (Europe) ‘excellent’ in an earlier assessment of teaching Contact the programme convenor Jon Mitchell Anthropology (South Asia) quality. ( for further Anthropology of Conflict, Violence information and Conciliation • We maintain a concern with the traditional Anthropology of Development and categories of British social anthropology MA in Anthropology (Europe) Social Transformation (political and economic anthropology, kinship, 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Medical Anthropology religion and ritual), while developing research Funding that focuses on contemporary global society. MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa MSc degree Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research • We have a long-standing involvement in the issues surrounding policy-making and applied 176-186). Methods (Anthropology) anthropology, and in the anthropological critique Programme structure Research programmes of development. Autumn term: you are provided with a foundation MPhil, DPhil Social Anthropology • Faculty have undertaken consultancy and in the discipline, taking Anthropology and New Route DPhil Social Anthropology commissioned work, and many of our graduates Ethnography; and Understanding Processes of Admissions requirements have found employment in these fields. Social Change. For information on overseas qualifications that We also have a significant commitment to the meet the admissions requirements, see pages Spring term: you take European Transformations ethnographic exploration of cultural phenomena and an option from the other MA anthropology 172-175 such as religious ritual, music, dance MA programmes. performance, heritage and film. An upper second-class undergraduate Summer term and vacation: you undertake honours degree in anthropology or any other supervised work on your dissertation. relevant subject area Taught programmes MSc, MPhil and New Route DPhil See below for assessment methods. An upper second-class undergraduate honours These programmes combine a thorough Contact the programme convenor Jon Mitchell degree in anthropology or a related discipline, grounding in the history, theory and methodology ( for further but applicants from other backgrounds may be of anthropology. They permit you to specialise in information considered. Applicants should submit an outline a region or specific focus if you wish, or to (two to three pages) of their research interests MA in Anthropology (South Asia) maintain a more general interest in the DPhil 1 year full-time/2 years part-time discipline. A Masters degree in anthropology, although Funding those with a degree in a closely related MA in Anthropology MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa discipline may also be considered. Applicants 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages should submit an outline research proposal Funding 176-186). indicating the nature, ambitions and primary MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa Programme structure questions of the research project Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages Autumn term: you are provided with a foundation 176-186). English language requirements in the discipline, taking Anthropology and IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in Writing and Programme structure Ethnography; and Understanding Processes of 6.0 in the other sections. For more information Autumn term: you are provided with a foundation Social Change. and alternative English language requirements, in the discipline, taking Anthropology and Spring term: you take Society and Economy in see page 174 Ethnography; and Understanding Processes of South Asia and an option from the other MA Social Change. Fees anthropology programmes. See pages 176-181 for information on fees Spring term: you are given the chance to adapt Summer term and vacation: you undertake the programme more to your interests. You take Further information supervised work on your dissertation. one of Culture and Society in Africa; European Contact the degree convenors indicated for each Transformations; and Society and Economy in See below for assessment methods. taught programme, or for general inquiries: South Asia, plus one course from another of the Professor Simon Coleman, Contact the programme convenor Jon Mitchell MA programmes. Department of Anthropology, University of ( for further Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9SJ, UK Summer term and vacation: you undertake information. E supervised work on your dissertation. Assessment for the four programmes above Courses are assessed by a 5,000-word term See below right for assessment methods. paper, except for Anthropology and Ethnography, Contact the programme convenor Jon Mitchell which is assessed through two 2,000-word book ( for further reviews. The dissertation is 10,000 words. information. 44
  5. 5. MA in Anthropology of Conflict, MA in Medical Anthropology Violence and Conciliation 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Anthropology 1 year full-time/2 years part-time This MA is concerned with cross-cultural This MA is concerned with modern conflicts understandings of medicine, health and and violence, ranging from war to domestic healing, with the experience of pain and illness, violence, and with conciliation, whether local and with the political economy of health. It will or international. It will be of interest to those be of interest to both anthropologists and those concerned with research into these fields as well with experience, or considering a career, in the as those with experience, or considering a career, medical or health professions, social services, or in conflict prevention, relief and conciliation. development. Contact the programme convenor Contact the programme convenor Mark Leopold Maya Unnithan ( for ( for further more information. information. Funding Funding MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages 176-186). 176-186). Programme structure Programme structure Autumn term: you take Medical Anthropology Autumn term: you take Researching and and one of Anthropologists and Development; Reporting Conflict: Anthropological Perspectives; Researching and Reporting Conflict: and Understanding Processes of Social Change. Anthropological Perspectives; and Understanding Spring term: you take Embodiment and Processes of Social Change. Institutionalisation of Violence, Conflict and Spring term: you take Cultural Understandings of Conciliation and an option from another MA Health and Healing and one of Anthropology of programme. Childbirth and Reproductive Health; Embodiment Summer term and vacation: you take and Institutionalisation of Violence, Conflict Anthropology of Reconciliation and and Conciliation; Households, Rural Livelihoods Reconstruction and undertake supervised work and Development Intervention; and Knowledge, on your dissertation. Power and Resistance. Assessment Summer term and vacation: you either take Each course is assessed by a 5,000-word term Evaluation and Appraisal or Anthropology of paper. The dissertation is 10,000 words. Reconciliation and Reconstruction, and write a Performance of a young men’s masquerade cult in MA in Anthropology of Development short dissertation; or you undertake supervised south-eastern Nigeria and Social Transformation work on a longer dissertation. Autumn term: you take a research elective, 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Assessment Philosophy of Science and Social Science Concerned with the anthropological study of Each course in the autumn and spring terms is Research Practice, and Research Design in a the complex economic, political and cultural assessed by a 5,000-word term paper. Cross-Cultural Context. processes of social transformation in the Where appropriate, you may also either write developing world, this MA provides an entry into a 5,000-word term paper on your optional Spring term: you take courses in quantitative and the anthropology of development and will be of summer-term course followed by a 10,000- qualitative data collection and analysis. interest to those with experience, or considering word dissertation, or write a 20,000-word Summer term: you choose from a selection of a career, in the development field. For further dissertation. courses in cross-cultural and comparative data information, contact Katy Gardner MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural collection and analysis. The research elective ( Research Methods (Anthropology) continues across all terms, culminating in the Funding 1 year full-time/2 years part-time writing of a dissertation. MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa A Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate are also Assessment Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages available. See Routes to postgraduate study at Taught courses are variously assessed by term 176-186). Sussex on pages 14-15. papers of 3,000-5,000 words or equivalent Programme structure This MSc provides an alternative route for coursework portfolios, depending on the courses Autumn term: you take Understanding Processes doctoral candidates who require more focused chosen. The research elective is assessed by a of Social Change; and Anthropologists and research skills training. 10,000-word dissertation that incorporates a Development. research report and fieldwork proposal. For further information, contact the MSc Spring term: you take Households, Livelihoods Anthropology convenor Professor Simon and Development Intervention; and Knowledge, Coleman ( Specialist facilities Power and Resistance. Funding Extensive computing facilities are available, and Summer term and vacation: you either take This programme qualifies for ESRC support Evaluation and Appraisal and write a short office space is usually given to students taking under its 1+3 system of doctoral support. For research degrees. Students have full access to dissertation; or you undertake supervised work information on ESRC and other funding, see Fees on a longer dissertation. the University’s main Library, and to the British and funding on pages 176-186. Library of Development Studies at the Institute of If available, an option from another MA can be Development Studies (IDS), which is located on Programme structure substituted for one of the spring- or summer- the Sussex campus. There are three main elements to the MSc term courses. programme that run concurrently through the There is close academic collaboration between Assessment academic year: a research elective involving social anthropology faculty and other Each course in the autumn and spring terms is supervised reading in your individual research departments and interdisciplinary research assessed by a 5,000-word term paper. area and the writing of a dissertation; credited centres, notably history, migration studies, Where appropriate, you may also either write courses in the philosophy and methodology of geography and gender studies. Particularly a 5,000-word term paper on your summer- research; and training in both quantitative and important links have been developed with IDS term option course followed by a 10,000- qualitative research skills. and the Sussex Law School. word dissertation, or write a 20,000-word dissertation. 45
  6. 6. Research programmes Paul Basu Scotland, India, Sierra Leone, visual Pam Kea Gambia, West Africa: gender relations, anthropology, globalisation, transnationalism, migrant farm labour, politics of difference, social Anthropology We welcome students wishing to undertake migration, politics of identity, anthropology, relations of agrarian production; globalisation, research in the main areas of faculty interests. memory and history. Author of Highland processes of accumulation, child labour and Funding Homecomings: Genealogy and Heritage-Tourism education. Author of The Politics of Difference: Anthropology has full 1+3 and +3 recognition in the Scottish Diaspora (2007). Female Farmers and Agrarian Transformation from the ESRC. This includes access to five in a Gambian Political and Cultural Economy Professor Simon Coleman Sweden, UK interdisciplinary research studentships in (2007). and US; religion and pilgrimage, identity, 2009. For further information on ESRC and human rights, globalisation, modernity; Mark Leopold Violence, peacemaking and other funding, see Fees and funding on pages space, movement and health. Author of The memory, Uganda, Sudan, history, conflict, 176-186. For further advice on funding, contact Globalisation of Charismatic Christianity (2000), political culture and public morality. Author Professor Simon Coleman at the address listed and editor of (with M Crang) Tourism: Between of Inside West Nile: Violence, History and in Essentials. Place and Performance (2003). Representation on an African Frontier (2005). Coursework There are three modes of entry for research Professor Jane Cowan Greece; southern Peter Luetchford Costa Rica, Spain; students. First is traditional entry to an MPhil or Balkans; nationalism, memory and identity; cooperatives, alternative trade organisations, DPhil. Second is the MSc plus DPhil pathway, conceptualising and administering ‘difference’ alternative food provision. Author of Fair Trade which is the 1+3 route required by the ESRC in Balkan contexts; culture and rights; minority and a Global Commodity: Coffee in Costa Rica for their studentship support. Third is the New politics; gender relations; music and dance (2007). Route DPhil offering an integrated four-year performance, embodiment and experience. Jon P Mitchell Malta: history, memory, politics programme of taught coursework in research Editor of (with M Dembour and R Wilson), and national identity; religion and belief. Author methods and professional skills together with Culture and Rights: Anthropological of Ambivalent Europeans: Ritual, Memory and supervised doctoral research. Perspectives (2001). the Public Sphere in Malta (2001) and (with R For those studying for an MPhil or DPhil, during Geert de Neve India; Tamilnadu; informal labour; Wilson) Rights, Claims and Entitlements (2002). the autumn and spring terms of the initial training power; caste and kinship; industrialisation; social Co-editor of, with P Clough, Powers of Good and year you normally take a social anthropology change; globalisation. Publications include The Evil (2001). course, working closely with a designated Everyday Politics of Labour: Working Lives in Filippo Osella Kerala, South India: social supervisor. Where appropriate, you may take India’s Informal Economy (2005), and (with reproduction and stratification; migration courses from other specialist MA options as part Maya Unnithan-Kumar) Critical Journeys: The and globalisation; masculinity; consumption. of your research training. If you already have Making of Anthropologists (2006). Author of, with C Osella, Social Mobility in an MA degree, you are not necessarily required Professor Marie-Bénédicte Dembour Central Kerala (2000), and (with C Osella) Men and to take courses as part of your pre-fieldwork Africa; Europe; colonialism; memory, life stories; Masculinities in South India (2007). training. New research students will normally law and human rights; (based in the Sussex be required to take two or three courses in Jeffrey Pratt Italy, Europe: political movements Law School). Author of Who Believes in Human research methods from those offered within and ideologies; religious practice; rural Rights? Reflections on the European Convention the MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural transformations. Author of The Politics of (2006). Research Methods (Anthropology). Each course Recognition (2001) and Class and Nationalist is assessed, but assessment does not contribute Nigel Eltringham Human rights, conflict, Movements in Europe (2002). to the award of the degree. genocide and the Great Lakes region of Africa. Dinah Rajak South Africa, UK: intersection Author of The Ethics of Anthropology Debates and Fieldwork of the anthropology of development and Dilemmas (2003), and Accounting for Horror: Research degrees usually involve fieldwork. globalisation; and in the relationship between the Post-Genocide Debates in Rwanda (2004). After the first year, you usually spend the second state, business and civil society in the process year in the field and return to Sussex to write Professor James Fairhead Africa south of of development. Author of ‘Uplift and Empower: up your thesis in the third year. Those on a 1+3 the Sahara; UK: agriculture and ecology; health The Market, The Gift and Corporate Social programme can usually go to the field by the and fertility; colonialism; science and medicine. Responsibility on South Africa’s Platinum Belt’, in middle of their second year. Author of Science, Society and Power (2003), Research in Economic Anthropology (2008). and (with M Leach, T Geysbeek and S Holsoe) Recent thesis titles Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner China, Japan: African-American Exploration Inland from Liberia On the Perama waterfront: the social, economic genomics, biobanking practices, genetic (forthcoming). and cultural aspects of employment structure in testing and population policy-making, stem-cell a suburb of Piraeus, Athens Anne-Meike Fechter Indonesia, South-East research in Asian societies. Author of Academic Asia: corporate expatriates, transnationalism, Nations in China and Japan: Framed by Concepts Transnational lives, plurinational subjects: development practitioners. Author of Transnational of Nature, Culture and the Universal (2004). identity, migration and difference amongst Lives: Expatriates in Indonesia (2007). Moroccan women in Italy Professor Jock Stirrat Sri Lanka: aid and Katy Gardner Bangladesh, Islam, migration, development; economic anthropology; Asian Knowledge, risk and power: agriculture and diaspora, development, Asians in the UK. Author religions, Catholicism. Author of (with R Grillo) development discourse in a coastal village in of (with D Lewis) Development, Anthropology Discourses of Development: Anthropological Bangladesh and the Postmodern Challenge (1996), and Age, Perspectives (1997). The politics of identity in left-wing Bologna Narrative and Migration: The Life Course and Maya Unnithan-Kumar India, Rajasthan: Life Histories Amongst Bengali Elders in London Senegalese transmigrants and the construction kinship, caste and gender; development, popular (2002). of immigration in Emilia Romagna religion, fertility and reproductive health; medical Elizabeth Harrison Zambia, Malawi, Kenya: anthropology. Author of (with V Damodaran) If you won’t do these things for me, I won’t technology transfer, discourse of development, Postcolonial India (2000), and (with G de Neve) do these things for you: local and regional gender relations. Editor of (with A Cornwall Critical Journeys: The Making of Anthropologists constructions of seclusion ideologies and and A Whitehead) Feminisms in Development: (2006). Editor of Desire and Ambivalence in practices in Kano, Northern Nigeria Contradictions, Contestation and Challenges Human Reproduction (forthcoming). Abortion discourses: an exploration of the social, (2006). Professor Ann Whitehead Africa south of the cultural and organisational context of abortion Raminder Kaur India and UK; politics and Sahara; western Europe: gender relations and decision-making in contemporary Britain popular culture, festivals, Indian cinema, social transformation; economic anthropology; censorship, nationalism, diaspora, nuclear family, kinship and marriage; epistemology and Faculty research interests issues. Author of Performative Politics and the methodology; race, gender and difference. Cultures of Hinduism (2003); and Co-author of, Author of ‘Continuities and discontinuities in Research interests are briefly described below. Liquid Notions: Critical Reflections on Diaspora political constructions of the working man in For more detailed information, see and Hybridity (2004). rural sub-Saharan Africa: the lazy man in African agriculture’ in European Journal of Development Research (2000). 46
  7. 7. Archaeology Archaeology Essentials Taught programme Taught programme MA in Field Archaeology MA Field Archaeology (full-time and part-time) 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Research programmes Our archaeological heritage is a valuable, MPhil, DPhil Archaeology finite and vulnerable resource, which requires investigation, recording and analysis to very Admissions requirements high professional standards. This MA has been For information on overseas qualifications that developed to provide you with the practical meet the admissions requirements, see pages knowledge and skills, underpinned by theory, that 172-175 will enable you to make a positive contribution to MA field archaeology. An upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in archaeology (including You may already work for an archaeological joint degrees), or an undergraduate diploma organisation or you may want to gain skills in archaeology with level 2 passes averaging and a qualification to enable you to enter 60 per cent or higher. Consideration will also the profession of field archaeology. Or, as an be given to others who can demonstrate amateur archaeologist, you may wish to enhance extensive and relevant experience (including your skills to a high professional standard. individual research) Funding MPhil and DPhil Successful applicants are advised to check the Students on the MA in Field Archaeology Normally a Masters degree in archaeology Fees and funding information on pages 176- excavating at Barcombe Roman Villa, Sussex English language requirements 186. If you are considering taking this degree IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in Writing and programme for professional development, your Most projects are within the Ouse Valley Research 6.0 in the other sections. For more information employer may be able to help with the payment Project (East Sussex), although it is also possible and alternative English language requirements, of fees. to work on approved personal projects. For see page 174 current field research projects, see Programme structure Fees This MA consists of five core courses, taken See pages 176-181 for information on fees full-time in one year or part-time over two years. Year 2 These courses are taught as a series of day Autumn term: you take Archaeological Further information Reporting. This course looks at the theory and schools to facilitate access for students living David Rudling, practice of archaeological reporting, including at a distance or undertaking the programme as Archaeology, Centre for Continuing Education, traditional journal, client and synthetic reports, continuing professional development. Teaching Sussex Institute, University of Sussex, together with associated archives and wider includes lectures, seminars, group fieldwork, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QQ, UK dissemination. excavations and independent work towards a T + 44 (0) 01273 873527 dissertation. Spring and summer terms: you take Independent E The programme structure of the part-time MA Study: Field Archaeology. You will undertake an can be found below: approved extended piece of supervised research related to the aims of the programme. It will be • Highly dedicated faculty offer a range of Year 1 based on an original archaeological project (field- expertise, and specialise in field archaeology, Autumn term: you take Field Archaeology, or artefact-based) within its wider geographical British prehistory, Romano-British archaeology, covering methods and techniques used to and/or theoretical context. environmental archaeology and cultural locate, excavate and record field data. Following a consideration of theoretical aspects of field Assessment resource management. A wide variety of modes of assessment are used archaeology, sampling and site formation, part • Students receive a thorough knowledge and one covers how archaeological sites are located. within the programme. These include essays, practical experience of modern approaches to Part two covers the full process of archaeological projects, practical reports, research plans and field archaeology. excavation including logistics, health and safety, poster presentations. The final dissertation is up and excavation methods. to 15,000 words. • Each programme of study is designed to cater for an individual’s background experience and Spring term: you take Artefact Studies, looking aims within practical archaeology. at the archaeological analysis of material culture Faculty research interests recovered by archaeologists. The emphasis is • Archaeology students are based in the on the identification and analysis of ceramics, Research interests are briefly described below. Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), which lithics and metals, together with the technology Richard Carter Stone Age hunter-gatherers, provides an academic community that fosters of manufacture and the social context of such archaeology of animals, environmental intellectual and social links with students and processes. The course includes hands-on archaeology. faculty in other disciplines. analysis of artefact groups, archaeological illustration and finds reports. David Rudling Field archaeology, landscape archaeology, Romano-British archaeology, Summer term: you take Archaeological Field numismatics. Practice, which is a practical course based on a sample excavation of an archaeological site. Each student is allocated a site or part of a site, for which they design an excavation and sampling strategy and undertake the excavation. 47
  8. 8. Art history Art history Essentials • The Art History Department received a grade 5 Research programmes Taught programme (recognising research of national and We offer research supervision in the history MA Art History international excellence) in the most recent of art and architecture. Special areas of Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). interest include the history of the visual Research programmes MPhil, DPhil Art History • The skills of the faculty represent a unique arts and architecture of western Europe array across European and American art and in the early modern and modern periods, Admissions requirements culture, and include the study of methodology Byzantine art, Renaissance art, 18th-century For information on overseas qualifications that and critical theory. art, North American art of the 20th century, meet the admissions requirements, see pages and contemporary visual culture, especially 172-175 • Art history at Sussex has strong links with photography. Shared concerns across period MA museums and galleries, both locally and interests include issues of methodology, An upper second-class undergraduate honours nationally. historiography and critical theory, as well as degree in art history or another arts or social • For MA and research students alike, art material and visual culture. sciences discipline history at Sussex provides a friendly and MPhil and DPhil Funding stimulating environment for the exchange of A Masters degree in art history or a related The Department has a strong track record in ideas, in which intellectual life and scholarly discipline such as history, architecture, obtaining studentships from the AHRC, the Royal endeavour thrive. English, archaeology, anthropology or cultural Historical Society, the Social Sciences Research studies, and proof of engagement with art • Sussex graduate students have gone on Council of Canada and the Green Foundation. history at an advanced level. Training in to find employment in higher education, A limited amount of funding may be available research skills and methodologies is provided publishing, the art market, conservation and for outstanding research students, which may museum management. involve some teaching. English language requirements IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in Writing Recent thesis titles and 6.0 in the other sections. For more Narrative and figurative imagery in the English Taught programme information and alternative English language domestic interior c1558-c1640 requirements, see page 174 MA in Art History The fashions of the Florentine court: wearing, 1 year full-time/2 years part-time buying and making clothing, 1560-1620 Fees This MA is associated with the Centre for Visual See pages 176-181 for information on fees On relocating contemporary Chinese art Fields ( Further information Light in early Byzantium. The Church of Funding Hagia Sophia in Constantinople Sarah Maddox, UK applicants for the full-time MA are eligible School of Humanities, Arts A, Studies in the symbolism and spirituality to apply for AHRC studentships (see Fees and University of Sussex, Falmer, of the Arts and Crafts Movement funding on pages 176-186). Brighton, BN1 9SH, UK Representing rebellion: visual aspects of E Programme structure counter-insurgency in colonial India The MA programme looks at global perspectives in the history of art, concentrating on the From mimesis to metaphor: images of the art object, its appearance, reception and Holocaust in contemporary photographic and manufacture. In the core course, you share a installation art common taught experience, examining methods Commemoration and academic ‘self-fashioning’: and theories relating to themes such as material funerary monuments to professors c1700 culture, globalisation, space, historiography and museology. The core course, Objects and Methods, is complemented by three options selected from those on offer in any one year, which may include: Postcolonialism and Visual Culture; Photography and 20th-Century Visual Culture; Modernity in Europe and America; Body and Society; Creating the Court; Power of Images in Byzantium; Art and Text in Byzantium; and 18th-Century British Art and Italy. You may, with the agreement of the programme director, take an option from other humanities postgraduate programmes. The dissertation is undertaken by full-time students in the third term, and by part-time students in the third and sixth terms. Assessment You are assessed by term papers and a dissertation of 20,000 words. The early 19th-century Egyptian House at Penzance epitomises the influence of other civilisations on European art and architecture 48
  9. 9. Specialist facilities Art history Facilities include a well-equipped slide library containing over 100,000 colour transparencies, the Bridson Collection of photographs, access to computing and word-processing training, and a library well stocked with secondary literature in the discipline and with online access to the British Library and other repositories. You are encouraged, where appropriate, to take advantage of local sites of art-historical interest: the Barlow Collection of Chinese art situated on campus; extensive collections in the Royal Pavilion and the museums of Brighton & Hove; and local country houses such as Petworth, Firle and Charleston. Academic activities A regular research seminar, to which outside speakers are invited, provides a major focus of debate. You are also able and encouraged to attend seminars in other disciplines such as history, English, philosophy and anthropology. The Department of Art History is linked to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London through an exchange programme that extends and enhances the research and teaching expertise of both institutions. Each year a member of staff from the museum teaches at Sussex, while a member of the University faculty undertakes research based on the museum collections. Researchers in the Sussex Centre for Byzantine Cultural History are working with international The Department of Art History plays a part in colleagues on an interdisciplinary project investigating how, when and where glass tesserae, the the Sussex Centre for Research in Visual and building blocks of mosaics, were made. As well as providing insights into artistic practices of the Material Culture, the Sussex Centre for Early Byzantium era, this will contribute to wider debates about the nature of trade and exchange within the Mediterranean during this period and into our understanding of political and social changes within the Modern Studies and the Sussex Centre for Mediterranean world Byzantine Cultural History. These form foci for a range of lectures, conferences and funded research projects. Faculty research interests Professor David Alan Mellor 20th-century painting, film and photography; all aspects of These cover a broad chronological spread from cultural history and visual representation c1900 Byzantium to the present and a wide range of to the present; photography in Europe and the interests, from 20th-century photography to US, 1920 to the present. Author of Works on women art critics, Tudor architecture, art and Paper Attributed to Francis Bacon: the Barry travel. Joule Archive (2000), Tracing Light (2001), and Research interests are briefly described below. Liliane Lijn: Works, 1959-1980 (2005). For more detailed information, see Michelle O’Malley Italian Renaissance painting, The 18th-century hall ceiling of Clandon Park, by an Italian plasterer, demonstrates the cross- commissioning, consumption and production. fertilisation of European expertise during this Meaghan Clarke 19th-century art; women and Author of The Business of Art: Contracts and period writing. Author of Critical Voices in British Art: Commissioning in Renaissance Italy (2004), Women Writing 1880-1905 (2004). and The Material Renaissance: Cost and Consumption in Italy 1400-1650 (2005). Flora Dennis Renaissance art and music. Author of At Home in Renaissance Italy (2006). Geoffrey Quilley 18th-century art, travel and empire. Author of Conflicting Visions: War and Professor Maurice Howard Tudor art and Visual Culture in Britain and France, c1700- architecture; French architecture 1500-1600; 1830 (2005), and Art and the British Empire issues in Dutch and Netherlandish painting; the (2007). history of ornament. Author of The Tudor Image (1995), Ornament: A Social History since 1450 Associated faculty (1996), and The Building of Elizabethan and Vibhuti Sachdev Associate Fellow: architectural Jacobean England (2008). theory, contemporary architectural practice and urban design in India. Author of Indian Professor Liz James Classical and Byzantine Architectural Theory: Contemporary Uses of art, light and colour, gender. Author of Light and Vastu Vidya (1998), and Building Jaipur: The Colour in Byzantine Art (1996), Women, Men Making of an Indian City (2002). and Eunuchs in Byzantium (1996), Desire and Denial in Byzantium (ed) (1999), Empresses and Power in Early Byzantium (2001), and editor of Art and Text in Byzantine Culture (2007). 49
  10. 10. Astronomy and Astronomy and cosmology cosmology Essentials Programme structure (full-time) • The Department of Physics and Astronomy Your time is split equally between taught Taught programmes received a grade 5 (recognising research courses and a research project. You have a MSc degrees of national and international excellence) supervisor who oversees your work in general Astronomy in the most recent Research Assessment and is responsible for supervision of your Cosmology Exercise (RAE). Sussex also tops the latest UK project. Supervisors and topics are allocated, in rankings for having the highest citation rate Research programmes consultation with you, early in the autumn term. in astronomy and space science (Thomson MPhil, DPhil Astronomy Projects may be theoretical, or involve simulation Scientific, 2001-05). or data reduction. In many cases the projects Admissions requirements • The Department is one of six in the South form the basis of research papers later published For information on overseas qualifications that East of England to receive a joint award in scientific journals. meet the admissions requirements, see pages of £12.5 million, for the academic years 172-175 Autumn and spring terms: you take four 2008-13, to enhance collaboration in MSc compulsory courses: Cosmology; Stellar graduate teaching and learning in physics and A first- or second-class undergraduate Structure; Galactic Structure (all comprising 20 astronomy. honours degree in a physics-, mathematics- or lectures and 10 problem classes); and Research astronomy-based programme. Other degrees • Students are based in the Astronomy Centre, Skills. You also choose two options from a range will be considered on an individual basis which is part of the Department of Physics and of courses available. These are taught on topics MPhil and DPhil Astronomy. The Centre was founded in 1965 relating to research interests within the group, A first- or an upper second-class honours and over 250 MSc and 100 DPhil students and vary from year to year, but generally cover degree in a relevant subject: physics, have graduated from it. a wide range of topics. Options might include: astronomy or mathematics • The Astronomy Centre carries out world- Astronomical Detectors; Computer Simulations leading research in many branches of in Physics; Data Analysis Techniques; Galaxy English language requirements theoretical and observational astrophysics, Formation; Introduction to C; and General IELTS 6.0, with not less than 6.0 in each with current emphasis on the early universe, Relativity. You start work on your project and give section. For more information and alternative large-scale structure, the high-redshift an assessed talk on this towards the end of the English language requirements, see page 174 universe, and galaxy formation and clustering. spring term. Fees • There are close links with other groups Summer term: after examinations, the final three See pages 176-181 for information on fees in physics, especially those working on months are devoted to project work, including Admissions and further information preparation of a poster display. theoretical particle physics. Postgraduate Coordinator, School of Science and Technology, • At any one time there are about 20 to 30 Programme structure (part-time) University of Sussex, graduate students, of whom about one-third You take the four compulsory courses in the Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QJ, UK are from overseas. Together with permanent autumn and spring terms of year 1. After the T +44 (0)1273 678940 faculty, postdoctoral fellows and visitors, there examinations in the summer term, you will begin F +44 (0)1273 877873 is a community of about 50 astronomers in work on your project. Project work continues E total. during year 2 when you will also take two options from the above list. Assessment Taught programmes Assessment for the taught courses is by MSc in Astronomy coursework and unseen examination. 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Assessment for the project is by seminar, poster The MSc programme is intended for honours presentation and a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words. The exams are normally taken graduates with an applied mathematics or in May and the project dissertation must be physics-based degree who wish to learn how submitted by the end of August. to apply their knowledge to astronomy. It is one of only three full-time, broad-based astronomy A distinction is awarded on the basis of MSc degrees in the UK. It covers the major fields excellence in both the lecture courses and of astronomy and astrophysics at an advanced the project. level, with an emphasis in the lecture courses on MSc in Cosmology theoretical astronomy. 1 year full-time/2 years part-time The programme has a high reputation, both The MSc programme is intended for honours nationally and internationally, and there are graduates from an applied mathematics or MSc graduates from the Sussex Astronomy physics-based degree who wish to learn how to Centre all over the world. Many of our graduates apply their knowledge to cosmology. It is one of go on to take a research degree and often find only two MScs in this subject area in the UK. The a permanent job in astronomy. Others have emphasis is on observational and theoretical become science journalists and writers. cosmology in the pre- and post-recombination universe. Instruction is by lectures, exercise classes, seminars and personal supervision. Instruction is by lectures, exercise classes, seminars and personal supervision. 50