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The MA in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies is an exciting, inter-disciplinary programme addressing all aspects of migration, integration and diaspora studies in Ireland.
The MA programme is delivered over a 12 month period, by a multidisciplinary teaching team drawn from the Departments of Geography, Law, Sociology, Applied Social Studies, Applied Psychology, History, French, Education and The Study of Religions. Visiting academic, NGO and government speakers commonly participate as well.

The programme will…
• Equip students with a thorough knowledge of the major theoretical and empirical issues in migration and diaspora studies today
• Equip students with an understanding of the significance of migration and diaspora debates for Irish and European society today, with reference to policy and legal perspectives, geographical and social science debates, diaspora and Irish identity, new communities, and a range of specific applied issues in connection with rights, identities, citizenship, status and welfare
• Train students in a range of specific skills-based social science research methodologies
• Enable students to deploy these skills by means of a dissertation using a range of theoretical, empirical, policy and action research perspectives

Modules offered:
Introduction to Migration and Diaspora Studies
Content will include critical approaches to: world-systems theory of migration, transnationalism, theories of diaspora, feminist perspectives on migration, postcolonialism, acculturation.
Research Methods and Sources in Migration and Diaspora Studies
This is a skills-based module covering a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as archival and policy studies. A key element of this seminar course will be individual presentations by students of their dissertation proposals.
Case Studies and Current Issues in Migration and Diaspora Studies
A range of resources, including ongoing research projects and visiting lecturers, will be used to address key current topics, notably migration and childhood/youth, return migration, racism, and a range of integration-related topics.
Students select their own research topic after consultation and agreement with the relevant staff involved in the degree programme. Independent research will be carried out between May and August under the direction of a supervisor allocated to each student.
Work Placement
Students will be offered an opportunity to undertake a placement with a statutory or voluntary body working in a relevant field. Placements will be on a part-time basis and will involve an element of project-work.
Immigration and Asylum Law
Core concepts in immigration and refugee law will be introduced. These will include: the basic operations of the immigration process; the role of politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers and the courts in that process; the rules, procedures and informal practices that determine the admission of immigrants and refugees; the role of EU and international human rights law in regulating immigration and asylum law and policy. The moral and political debates underpinning immigration and refugee law will be introduced as well. Students will be required to address theoretical perspectives on the moral legitimacy of immigration and refugee law.

Apply online at http://www.pac.ie (taught masters code CKE72).
A 2H1 degree in a relevant discipline (Applied Social Studies, Applied Psychology, History, Geography, Law, Politics, Sociology, or cognate disciplines e.g. Anthropology) or such other qualifications as may be deemed suitable by the Head of Programme/Chair of Board of Studies, following consultation with the Board of Studies. Candidates who hold a primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 will be considered, subject to a written expression of interest and/or interview. In exceptional cases and especially where an applicant has direct experience in a relevant voluntary or statutory capacity, an application will be considered from an individual without a relevant undergraduate degree. All applications must be approved by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork.




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