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Public Culture & Society

Immerse yourself in this fascinating and emerging field, and explore the culture and creative industries.

‘Public Cultures’ is the collection of ideas that make- up public policies, communication and behaviour in society. It combines literary, philosophical, media and cultural studies. It examines how society works through a coherent and unique examination of cultural and critical theories, and looks at the relationships between individuals and the state.

What will I do?
Unique in Ireland, this course offers a grounding in cultural policy, cultural theory and cultural critique. Its interdisciplinary approach to cultural theory is deeply engaged with media, technology, politics and political economics. It considers cultural policy; examines institutions and how they are formed; critiques social communication and behaviour; and looks at rights, responsibilities and bias in the public realm. It teaches the skills needed to contextualize, analyse, and critique public policy, institutional systems and public discourse.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
• Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level.
• Applicants may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the RPL (recognition of prior learning) process.
• Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview.


1 Year [part-time]. Thursday afternoon and all day Friday.

Careers or further progression

Future careers
It opens up opportunities in: international affairs; policy evaluation; public policy advisory; activism; politics; advocacy; journalism; cultural planners; and higher education teaching. This MA is recognised as the entry-level standard for research based PhD programmes, which are increasingly important pathways for professionals in the public sphere and the arts.

Further enquiries

Dr. Kevin Wallace
Phone: +353 1 239 4877

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?
• Theory of Public Culture
• Employment, Work + Society
• Critical Approach to Texts
• Research Methodologies
• Cultural Policies + Practices
• Public Cultures + Critiques
• Thesis.

Course fee

Fees €4,000 per annum (in 2016/2017)

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