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Equality Studies

MSc Equality Studies
Academic Year 2020/2021
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc in Equality Studies is the only masters of its kind in Europe and offers a unique opportunity to examine global equality issues from a range of perspectives. Find out more about the programme in our informative video here.

The MSc in Equality Studies was designed for those who wish to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of global social justice issues and explore strategies for change. Drawing students from across the globe, the course emphasises the relationship between theory and practice with a view to bringing about positive social change. You learn about and develop your own ideas on a wide range of equality, human rights and global justice issues. You will benefit from the opportunity to specialize in areas of particular interest such as capitalism and social justice, gender justice and feminism, global inequalities, human rights law and practice, and minorities and discrimination.

The learning environment is student-centred and participatory with students from a wide range of backgrounds with diverse experience and interests including community activists, development practitioners, educators, healthcare professionals, civil servants and journalists.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

We welcome applicants from a wide a range of backgrounds, with diverse experience and interests. Current students are of various nationalities and include recent graduates, community activists, educators, health care professionals, civil servants and journalists.

Programme Outcomes
Demonstrate specialized, detailed and advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of the issues and theories that constitute the interdisciplinary field of Equality Studies

Explain current debates and controversies animating equality studies, in fields including egalitarian theory, feminist theory, legal studies, the economics of inequality, the sociology of inequality and international development

Develop and/or apply their ideas in the field of equality studies in an original way, either through research (as evidenced in a research paper prepared for assessment) or in a practical context

Apply their knowledge and understanding of the component areas of Equality Studies to new, unfamiliar, multi-disciplinary contexts

Demonstrate an ability to integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines and in relation to a range of equality issues, and to handle the complexities involved in the analysis of inequality and the development of equality-related policies

Communicate their conclusions within the area of Equality Studies, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously

Develop research design skills and work with established, feminist and emancipatory research methods in the investigation and analysis of research problems relevant to the field of equality studies

Make use of the insights and findings of both published and student-produced research to inform students own understandings of the field of equality studies and how they operate within it

Evince a sophisticated, critical and justice-oriented perspective on a range of social issues in order to promote equality as a collective social good, and be able to articulate and defend this position in public fora

Apply their knowledge and understanding of the component areas of Equality Studies to new, unfamiliar, multi-disciplinary contexts

Communicate their conclusions within the area of Equality Studies, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously

Demonstrate an ability to integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines and in relation to a range of equality issues, and to handle the complexities involved in the analysis of inequality and the development of equality-related policies

Demonstrate specialized, detailed and advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of the issues and theories that constitute the interdisciplinary field of Equality Studies

Develop and/or apply their ideas in the field of equality studies in an original way, either through research (as evidenced in a research paper prepared for assessment) or in a practical context

Develop research design skills and work with established, feminist and emancipatory research methods in the investigation and analysis of research problems relevant to the field of equality studies

Evince a sophisticated, critical and justice-oriented perspective on a range of social issues in order to promote equality as a collective social good, and be able to articulate and defend this position in public fora

Explain current debates and controversies animating equality studies, in fields including egalitarian theory, feminist theory, legal studies, the economics of inequality, the sociology of inequality and international development

Make use of the insights and findings of both published and student-produced research to inform students own understandings of the field of equality studies and how they operate within it

Entry requirements

Normally students on this programme will have attained a higher second class honours in their primary degree (NFQ Level 8) or international equivalent, and will have demonstrable experience in or aptitude for the field of equality studies, as illustrated in their personal statement. Students with a lower second class honours degree may be considered for the programme, depending on level of commensurate experience and qualifications, and availability of places, as assessed by the applications review panel.

All applicants will be asked to upload two references as part of their application, and to provide contact details for their referees. At least one of these referees should be someone who knows the applicant in an academic capacity.

In certain circumstances, the applications review panel may decide to invite applicants to interview.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Duration

W105: 1 year full-time, W003: 2 years part-time.

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Equality Studies graduates work in multiple fields including politics, journalism, law, education, public policy, voluntary and community work, and human rights advocacy.

Alumni of the Masters in Equality Studies are employed by major national and international human rights and development organisations such as Amnesty International and the United Nations.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Dominic Shellard
Contact Number: +353 (0)1716 8682

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Sociology of Inequality
EQUL40180
Egalitarian Theory
EQUL40420
Research and Skills Portfolio
EQUL40430
Feminist & Egalitarian Research
SSJ40010

Stage 1 - Option
Equalities, Social Justice and Children's Learning
EDUC42590
Human Rights Law and Equality
EQUL40070
Minor Thesis
EQUL40140
Disability and Equality
EQUL40200
Masculinities, Gender and Equality
EQUL40310
Critical Political Economy
EQUL40390
Development and the Global South
GEOG40760
Latin America: social movements and postcolonial approaches
GEOG40800
Artificial Intelligence, Digital Capitalism, Surveillance: The New Shape of Global Power
GEOG40930
Gender, Inequality and Public Policy
GS40030
Gender War and Violence
GS40050
Culture and Sexualities
GS40080
International Human Rights
LAW40790
Topics in Continental Philos
PHIL41320
International Political Theory
POL40140
International Political Economy
POL40370
Theory of Human Rights
POL41030
Nationalism and Social Change
SOC40620
Crit Race & Decolonial Theory
SOC40930
Nonprofit Sector in Comparative Perspective: Politics, Regulation and Business
SPOL40980
Gender Theory: Critical Themes
SSJ40050

Comment

Vision and Values Statement
The purpose of the M.Sc. in Equality Studies is to cultivate an interdisciplinary appreciation of equality issues of both national and international significance, informed by extensive reading, critical analysis, advanced conceptualisation and independent research across social, political, cultural, economic and legal fields of enquiry. In addition to training across the 5 core disciplinary areas, the programme enables students to specialise further, either by completing a research-based dissertation that allows the student to achieve greater depth of knowledge in a particular area of study, or by selecting three further optional modules for assessment, that allows the student to achieve greater breadth of knowledge across the field of equality studies taken as a whole. The programme is aimed at students who wish to develop a career or further studies in the field of equality, or who wish to become advocates or activists for equality in civil society or politics. The School adopts a student-centred approach and promotes a critical, emancipatory and feminist pedagogy that is carried through all aspects of the teaching and learning process. Teaching is dialogical and operates on the principle that students have much to bring to the learning experience, that students can learn from each other and that staff can learn from students. Assessment takes a variety of forms, spanning the traditional essay, public scholarship, collaborative work and project work, including an elective minor dissertation. Extensive student feedback is sought for all modules and this is used to review and revise subsequent courses, assignments and assessments.

Related Programmes
MSc Human Rights FT
MA Women, Gender & Society FT
Master of Public Policy

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc Equality Studies FT (W105)

Duration
1 Year

Attendance
Full Time

Deadline
Rolling *

MSc Equality Studies PT (W003)

Duration
2 Years

Attendance
Part Time

Deadline
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MSc Equality Studies (W003) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

MSc Equality Studies (W105) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme.
For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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