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Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory MA

Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory MA

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Full time | Penrhyn Road Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Philosophy (Theory) Critical Theory

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Course Summary

Why choose this course?

On this Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory MA course you'll study key works of critical theory in relation to the social and political problems of the present. It allows you to combine study of the two main traditions of critical theory, the Frankfurt School and French structuralism and anti-humanism, as well as engage with work by thinkers who have become influential only in the last two decades, e.g. Agamben, Spivak, Badiou, Butler and Deleuze. While addressing contemporaries around questions like social justice, political power, class, identity, representation, and so on, this MA in critical theory grounds its problems and concepts in their specific philosophical context, with particular reference to the foundational work of Kant, Hegel and Marx. It will prepare you for a wide range of careers in education, the arts, politics and public policy, and it also provides ideal preparation for doctoral research in philosophy or related disciplines.

What you will study

You will study the two main traditions of critical theory – the Frankfurt School and French structuralism and post-structuralism – and their background in Kant, Hegel, Marx and in 19th-century European philosophy more generally.

Teaching and assessment

The course is delivered through relatively small seminars, which involve a mixture of structured lectures or presentations, textual analysis, and group discussion.

After you graduate

Our graduates often progress to research degrees in European philosophy and critical theory, or to careers in media/journalism, publishing, the arts, education, and public policy.


This module provides students with an opportunity for intensive and detailed research-based study of their chosen topic under the guidance of an appropriate MA dissertation supervisor.

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Entry requirements

Students should normally hold a good (upper-second [2:1] or first-class honours, or the equivalent) undergraduate degree in Philosophy or a related subject. Students with other kinds of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

University information

Located in South-West London, Kingston University offers a high-quality portfolio of taught postgraduate and research degree courses in a buzzing, student-friendly, riverside town. Students at Kingston are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in the modern workplace and are provided with a huge variety of learning opportunities, state-of-the-art resources and facilities and support services. Postgraduate study spans four academic...more

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