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The award
HDip

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Sociology at University College Cork

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)
SC3015 Research Project II (10 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:

  • Curricular Subject Requirements: Teaching Council: Curriculur Subject Requirements
  • Subject Declaration Forms (including a self-assessment checklist of whether you meet the requirements for your subject area):Teaching Council Subject Declaration Forms

Fact File

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

Course Title: Sociology

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

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 EUR 6,000 full-time; EUR 3,000 per year part-time

2016 Entry Requirements: You should already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences

Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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.

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line atwww.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)

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardHDipHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

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

2016 Entry Requirements: You should already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences

Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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