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Course Code: CKA44 Full-time; CKA45 Part-time

Course Title: Politics

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Politics

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 will have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences (see detailed entry requirements)

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018

Overview

The Higher Diploma in Arts (Politics) is intended for those who already have a degree and who want to study politics intensively over one academic year full time or two academic years part time (by day).

This is a conversion course so you would not normally have studied politics to honours degree level previously.

It is aimed at graduates who may wish to be considered for a master’s course in politics subsequently (but do not have an honours degree in the relevant area) or who may want to add politics to their 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 Politics consists of modules to the value of 60 credits. You must take two classes that teach core research and analytical skills:

PO2001 – Political Analysis (5 credits)
PO3001 – Dissertation (10 credits)

You must also take 5 credits from each of the Department’s subject groups in second year (15 credits) and 5 credits from each of the Department’s subject groups in third year (15 credits). The remaining 15 credits can be taken from any of the second or third year modules, subject to timetable constraints. This allows you considerable flexibility to build your diploma around your personal interests in politics. 

The list of available modules is a long one, but representative modules include:

  • Issues in Irish Politics
  • Ethics and Moral Psychology
  • Violence and War
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Politics in Northern ireland
  • Gender Perspectives on Politics
  • Politics of an individual country (including China and the USA)
  • International Relations
  • Citizen Participation
  • Global Governance
  • Conflict and Conflict Resolution

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:

Full details of module choice and please also see the College Book of Modules for more detailed descriptions of the modules

Detailed Entry Requirements

You will a degree preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences

The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants 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: CKA44AdditionalQuestions (49kB)

Course Practicalities

While this course is available as both a full-time and part-time option, all classes take place during normal working hours. The amount of lectures you will attend in any given week will vary depending on the modules you choose, but might typically involve between ten and fifteen hours a week. You would be expected to spend around twice as much time reading and completing assignments.

Assessment

Students will participate in a wide range of challenging assessment methods over the course of the diploma. Core research and communication skills are developed through traditional methods such as reviews and essays but the focus of assessment has moved to creative techniques and you will design posters, write policy reports, make individual and group presentations, participate in negotiation simulation exercises designed around international institutions, write opinion editorials and complete funding applications. The varied assessment profile is designed to ensure that you acquire diverse skills during your degree

Who Teaches This Course

The Higher Diploma in Politics is taught by staff members from three academic units; Government, History and Philosophy.  Among others from History, Drs. David Fitzgerald and Mervyn O’Driscoll offer expertise in International Relations, the EU and Terrorism, among others from Government Drs Andrew Cottey and Mary Murphy offer expertise in Global Governance, Northern Ireland and Conflict Resolution, and among others from Philosophy Drs Cara Nine and Vittorio Bufacchi offer expertise in Political Philosophy and Moral responsibility.

 

Contact us

E: Ms. Stefanie Wojtek

P: + 353 21 490 2325
W: Website

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