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Overview

MA students will:

  • Develop their ability to apply theories of social change to empirical investigation
  • Enhance their ability to communicate effectively through regular class presentations and discussions.
  • Receive a grounding in sociological methods and will be supported in using these methods in their dissertation work.
  • Gain an enhanced understanding of the economic, social, political and cultural dimensions of Irish society in comparative perspective.
  • Be provided with a comprehensive overview of the processes giving rise to social change and the challenges faced by societies in transition. 

The course involves 6 x 10 credit modules over two semesters and the completion of a thesis (30 credits). Classes are timetabled on a Thursday and Friday. See our website for our MA handbook.

Course Structure

The taught programme is built around three components: a core theoretical module, substantive courses, and methods courses. Modules include societies in transition, debating big ideas, analytical reasoning in the social sciences, quantitative research and qualitative methods. Beyond this, the researching and writing of a thesis constitutes 30 credits. Each module comprises on average 12 two hour seminars.

Career Options

The course involves 6 x 10 credit modules over two semesters and the completion of a thesis (30 credits). Classes are timetabled on a Thursday and Friday. See our website for our MA handbook.

Campus venue: Auxilia Building and Iontas Building North Campus

Duration: One year full time


Visit the MA Sociology (Societies in Transition) page on the Maynooth University website for more details!

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