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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.;

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.

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.

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.

Why Choose This 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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

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
k.keohane@ucc.ie
+353 21 490 2836 / 490 2318
http://www.ucc.ie/en/sociology/

Subjects taught

Mandatory modules:
SC2001 Foundation in Sociological Theory (5 credits)
SC2002 Research Project 1 (5 credits)
SC3001 Social Theory II (5 credits)
SC3055 Research Project II (15 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.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.

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.

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), project dissertation and written examinations.

Application date

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

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

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10 September 2018

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