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Course Code: CKA22 Full-time; CKA34 Part-time

Course Title: Sociology

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Sociology

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

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

Qualifications: HDip in Arts

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,000 full-time; €3,000 per year part-time

Entry Requirements: You should already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018

Overview

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.  

Course Details

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.


The course is made up of modules from years 2 and 3 undergraduate Arts and consists of modules to the value of 60 credits.

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.

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.  

Many subjects have discipline-specific requirements and you are advised to check the requirements for the subject area by consulting the following:

Detailed Entry Requirements

You should already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences (see detailed requirements)

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. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these supplementary question are available to view here: CKA22AdditionalQuestions (50kB)

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.

For more details see http://www.ucc.ie/en/sociology/current/Cundergraduate/

Assessment

The course is assessed through a combination of continuous assessment (e.g. essays), project dissertation and written examinations.

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.

For more information about staff in the Department of Sociology see: http://www.ucc.ie/en/sociology/staff/

 

Contact us

E: Dr. Kieran Keohane

P: +353 21 490 2836 / 490 2318
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