Social Justice

• learning environment is student-centred and participatory

• equip you will critical thinking, analytical and other skills you can bring to bear on any field of endeavour.

• one of its kind in Europe and offers a unique opportunity to examine equality issues from a range of vantage points.

Vision and Values Statement
The objective of the programme is to cultivate an appreciation of a set of equality issues of both national and international significance from one of the following fields of study: feminist theory and practice, the role of law in maintaining and challenging inequality, the sociological understanding of inequality, the economics of inequality, global justice, disability, sexuality, and racism and anti-racism. The programme is aimed at students who wish to enhance their professional development through the study of equality in a particular dimension, or who wish to become advocates or activists for equality in civil society or politics. The School adopts a student-centred approach that is carried through all aspects of the teaching and learning process. Teaching is dialogical and operates on the principle that students have much to bring to the learning experience, that students can learn from each other and that staff can learn from students. Assessment takes a variety of forms and is carefully designed to build students' knowledge and skills at the appropriate level. Extensive student feedback is sought for all modules and this is used to review and revise subsequent courses, assignments and assessments.

Related Programmes
MSc Equality Studies FT
MA Women, Gender & Society FT

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Human Rights Law and Equality EQUL40070
Sociology of Inequality EQUL40180
Masculinities, Gender and Equality EQUL40310
Critical Political EconomyEQUL40390
Gender, Inequality and Public Policy GS40030
Culture and Sexualities GS40080

Entry requirements

An appropriate level of academic and/or professional experience.

A short statement of your interest in the programme: why you would like to receive an offer for a place on this programme and how it will contribute to your professional development. It could be useful to include a note of any relevant experience (e.g. voluntary or paid work in the community or public sector).

Names and contact details for two referees

Students who complete the Professional Certificate in Social Justice and who subsequently obtain a place on one of the Masters courses offered by the School where the module forms part of the course structure can apply to have the module recognized and the credits and result counted towards the Masters programme.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Prof Cert Social Justice (Sept) PT (W217)
Duration 4 Months
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




4 months part-time.


Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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Careers & Employability
Our graduates work in every sector, including trade unions, non-governmental organisations, statutory agencies, the civil service, and journalism.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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