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Sociology - Conversion Course

Course Outline
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.

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. If you take this Diploma you will acquire a comprehensive and advanced knowledge of Sociological concepts, topics and methods. You will also develop a host of additional skills, such as being able to develop and demonstrate mastery over a wide research area in a defined period of time.

Course Practicalities
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.

Why Choose This Course

A Higher Diploma in Arts (Sociology) is of interest to those who are looking for professional and personal development 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. You might also be interested in pursuing Sociology in relation to a teaching qualification (though please check the Teaching Council Subject Declaration Form, linked above, before doing this). Finally you might have an interest in understanding and analyzing the major societal and environmental changes which we are now experiencing, which range from climate breakdown to the metoo movement, through to housing and health system crises, to the emergence of mass surveillance and social networks. Sociology is a key subject for making sense of, and hopefully helping to address, the key challenges of the 21st century.

Entry requirements

Requirements
It is intended for those who already have a 3 or 4 year primary degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences, and who wish to study one of the following the subject Sociology intensively over one academic year.

The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and appilcant would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.

Applications will be assessed by the Sociology Postgraduate Committee

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

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

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

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. Myles Balfe
m.balfe@ucc.ie
+ 353 21 490 5144 / 490 2318
http://www.ucc.ie/en/sociology/

Subjects taught

This course has several mandatory modules which the Dept. recommends that all students take. These modules will provide you with a sophisticated understanding of Sociological theory and research.

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

You can combine these mandatory modules with a wide range of optional modules (each worth 5 credits) to make up your remaining credits. The specialist modules that we teach all fall within our substantial areas of teaching and research. Broadly speaking, these areas are:

Crime and Criminal Justice, Criminology, Deviance and Violence
Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change
Gender, Sexuality and Identity, Feminism
Health/Medical Sociology, Social Media and Technology
Human Rights, Borders and Migration
Sociological Theory and Methods, Historical Sociology

The precise optional 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.

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
https://www.ucc.ie/admin/registrar/modules/

Comment

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.

Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Assessment method

Assessment
The course is assessed through a combination of continuous assessment (e.g. essays), in-class presentations and group work, and written examinations. The precise method of assessment varies from module to module.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

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

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

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