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.
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.