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Arts - Sociology - Conversion Course

The Higher Diploma in Arts (Sociology) is a conversion course for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The course is ideal for anyone who wants to study an intensive course in sociology in one year and apply for further studies at MA level in Sociology. Alternatively, you may simply wish to add a higher diploma to your existing qualifications.

Registration with the Teaching Council: For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration, the Higher Diploma is recognised by the Teaching Council for teacher subject registration in certain teaching subjects. In general, if you wish to qualify as a teacher, you are advised to refer to the school curriculum and match the modules to that broad field. Modules are chosen in consultation with the programme coordinator in September.

Unique Aspects of the Course
A Higher Diploma in Arts (Sociology) is of interest to those who are looking for professional growth and new career directions. This degree prepares you for the pursuit of further studies in sociology. If you have an undergraduate degree, this course will help you to expand your repertoire of knowledge and skills.

Entry requirements

You should already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences.

Applications will be assessed by the Sociology Postgraduate Committee.

Applicants to the Higher Diploma in Arts (Sociology) would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please check out the course webpage (link below)to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

Full-time 1 year
Part-time 2 years by day
CKA22 Full-time; CKA34 Part-time

The mandatory aspects of the course run throughout teaching period 1 and 2. Most lectures are 1 hour in duration, however, some of the optional courses have 2-hour lectures. Typically, the courses are timetabled between 9am and 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Number of credits

Higher Diploma 60 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
The course will help you to develop a range of analytical and critical-thinking skills as part of a lively academic community. Throughout the year, the Department of Sociology hosts visiting lecturers from universities both nationally and internationally. The research component of the course provides you with the skill-set needed to plan and conduct project work that can be transferred across a range of professional and academic careers.

Further enquiries

Dr. Kieran Keohane
E: k.keohane@ucc.ie
P: +353 21 490 2836 / 490 2318

Subjects taught

The Higher Diploma in Arts (Sociology) is intended to give students a solid foundation in sociology. The course has a strong emphasis on independent, critical thinking, helping you to understand and analyse events in wider society.

The course is made up of modules from years 2 and 3 undergraduate Arts and consists of modules to the value of 60 credits.

Mandatory modules:
SC2001 Foundation in Sociological Theory (5 credits)
SC2002 Research Project 1 (5 credits)
SC3001 Social Theory II (5 credits)
SC3015 Research Project II (10 credits).

You can combine a wide range of modules (each worth 5 credits) to make up your remaining credits. Topics include:
• politics
• social class
• crime and deviance
• education
• learning and work
• culture and art
• economic sociology
• health and illness
• family
• cultures of cities
• development and globalisation
• community
• planning and sustainable development
• religions and civilisations
• media
• law
• environment
• living spaces
• philosophy of social science.

The modules and topics studied will differ for each individual student. Modules will be chosen in consultation with members of staff in the Department of Sociology depending on your preferred area of specialisation.

The online College Book of Modules contains descriptions for all modules offered in the University's modularised programmes for the current academic year.

Registration with the Teaching Council: For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration in Civic Social and Political Education, in general, if you wish to qualify as a teacher, you are advised to refer to the school curriculum and match the modules to that broad field. Modules are chosen in consultation with the programme coordinator in September.

Many subjects have discipline-specific requirements and you are advised to check the requirements for the subject area by consulting the following:
◾Curricular Subject Requirements: Teaching Council: Curriculur Subject Requirements
◾Subject Declaration Forms (including a self-assessment checklist of whether you meet the requirements for your subject area): Teaching Council Subject Declaration Forms

Comment

Who Teaches This Course
In the most recent research quality review in UCC, the Department of Sociology has ranked among the top 15 per cent of sociology departments in the UK and US for the quality of their research.

Our staff are recognised for their outstanding research and publications record. Five members of staff have been awarded UCC CACSSS Research Achievement Awards. Members of staff in Sociology are currently conducting research projects funded by the European Union, the Irish Research Council and other research bodies.
For more information about staff in the Department of Sociology see: http://www.ucc.ie/en/sociology/staff/

Assessment method

The course is assessed through a combination of continuous assessment (e.g. essays), project dissertation and written examinations.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,000 full-time; €3,000 per year part-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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