This programme aims to equip students with the skills necessary to engage with contemporary theoretical, policy and practice-related issues relating to work and study with young people in the national and international context of community regeneration. The course offers a critical forum where the complexities of social regeneration can be addressed. It builds upon existing research and teaching strengths at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the Department of Sociology, namely inequality and social exclusion; the welfare state; social change; youth and community, social regeneration and sociological research methods. The programme also offers the possibility of taking elective modules at NUIG and at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (MIC).
To provide students with a conceptual and operational understanding of key issues, objectives and processes pertaining to the social aspect of Regeneration.
- To provide students with in depth knowledge of theoretical, policy, and practical issues related to the study of youth and youth experiences in the context of Community.
- To provide students with the transferable skills necessary to conduct high-quality social research in community settings.
- To facilitate learning and personal educational development by offering a range of teaching and assessment approaches, together with excellent research supervision.
- To assist students in designing, conducting and writing up high-quality research which will be of benefit to themselves and the wider community.
- To provide a core foundation, for those students, who on completion of the MA wish to embark on a PhD in this area.
- To provide a sound basis for moving from an academic setting into different areas of the labour force by helping students to identity the transferable skills gained during the MA programme.
Students are required to take four core modules and two elective modules in a combination of lectures and seminar discussion. Students will take a module on dissertation proposal writing in Autumn Semester and a module involving practitioner led seminars in Spring Semester. An additional and substantial research element includes: assessed course research papers; and a dissertation of 15,000 words written on a topic of choice under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor.
Students not proceeding to the dissertation may exit the programme with a Graduate Diploma upon successful completion of all coursework and assessments at this juncture. All elective modules may not be offered if student numbers are too small or irresolvable timetable clashes arise.