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Queen's University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group, one of twenty research-led United Kingdom Universities. The School of History and Anthropology is one of the leading centres for historical and anthropological research on the island of Ireland. Read more
Queen's University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group, one of twenty research-led United Kingdom Universities. The School of History and Anthropology is one of the leading centres for historical and anthropological research on the island of Ireland

The MA in Social Anthropology (Ethnomusicology) consists of four taught modules and a dissertation. Full-time students take two modules in Semester 1 (Sept-Dec) and two in Semester 2 (Jan-June). Three of the taught modules are compulsory; the remaining taught module is selected from the following options. Students may specialise in Ethnomusicology by selecting Anthropology of Music as their fourth taught module. The dissertation should be on a theme that falls within the selected specialist area.

New frontiers
Environment and culture
Anthropology of Ireland
Mind and culture
Anthropology of Music

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This is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary programme taught through subject areas that include law, anthropology, english, history, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology and the creative arts. Read more

WHAT IS THE PROGRAMME?

This is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary programme taught through subject areas that include law, anthropology, english, history, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology and the creative arts. Module choice within the programme will permit you to build your own personalised portfolio of knowledge and learning within the area of conflict transformation and social justice. You will be taught by academics and practitioners whose expertise is both national and global and who offer research-led teaching in areas of conflict such as South/Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Southern Europe, South America and Northern Ireland.

HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT?

This MA provides the opportunity to undertake study across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and beyond. You will be able to choose modules across ten disciplines and will benefit from an enriched, interdisciplinary learning environment. You will engage with core theories, concepts, issues and debates within conflict transformation and social justice, as well as with modes and forms of conflict and the legal and human rights aspects of conflict transformation and social justice.
Students will critically examine the key conceptual, moral, legal, political and cultural issues that define conflict and its relationship to transformation and social justice. Study will be framed by a core module that will draw together the various disciplinary approaches and methods. Those methods will also be taught via bespoke training modules within the Faculty’s postgraduate taught programme.

This interdisciplinary environment may provide a gateway to PhD research.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

Students are required to complete THREE compulsory taught modules:
Global Concepts and Practices of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (20 CATS), Conducting Research in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (20 CATS), and Making Knowledge Work (20 CATS), as well as the triple-weighted dissertation (60 CATS).

The remaining 60 CATS points will be taken via module choice from the following Schools: English, Creative Arts, Law, Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, History and Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. Students must pass all taught modules equating to 120 CATS points before being able to complete a dissertation.

The taught modules are delivered during two 12 week semesters

A student cannot take more than 40 credits in any School. Where a student wishes to take more than 40 credits in a particular School, it is recommended that they apply for the Masters programme in that School.
Within each stream students must take modules from at least two Schools.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

The optional modules are structured into three streams. You will be able to specialise in one stream that will permit you to explore different disciplinary approaches to and perspectives on related and overlapping subjects.

Stream 1: Conflict Transformation
In Stream 1, you will be able to focus on conflict via reading across definitions, forms, expressions and manifestations of conflict, conflict transformation and social justice. This could include, for example exploring notions such as terrorism, territoriality, behaviouralism, performance, scale, ethnicity, gender, environmental resource competition, youth and class.

Stream 2: Asserting Social Justice, Inclusion and Rights
Stream 2 will give you the opportunity to link skills development to the understanding of conflict transformation via a human rights and/or social justice frame. The Stream relates to rights of assembly, human rights abuse, social injustice, environmental conflicts, disempowerment and social, gendered, youth-centred and other exclusions.

Stream 3: Religion, Society, Peace-building and Conflict
In Stream 3 you will work on understanding religion/faith-based coexistence and inter/intra faith approaches to peace-building that relate to the concepts of ‘peace via religion’, ‘peace without religion’ and ‘peace with religion’. The practice of religious/faith based approaches will be taught around the importance of faith in conflict transformation, religion/faith-based NGO examples and approaches.

Full details on the course can be found in our course booklet: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/isctsj/filestore/Filetoupload,470694,en.pdf

SPECIAL FEATURES

Only global MA programme on conflict transformation and social justice.
Only MA programme in the field to be interdisciplinary across all the humanities and social sciences in order to offer a fully rounded and multilevel analysis of the subject whilst offering optional modules for specialisation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A list of FAQs are available to assist you by clicking here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/isctsj/StudyWithUs/MastersinConflictTransformationandSocialJustice/FrequentlyAskedQuestions/

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Learn more about the Institute here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/isctsj/AboutUs/

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Founded by the Queen's University, Belfast in September 2004, the Institute of Cognition and Culture (the ICC) is one of the world's first multidisciplinary centres for research in the cognitive science of culture. Read more
Founded by the Queen's University, Belfast in September 2004, the Institute of Cognition and Culture (the ICC) is one of the world's first multidisciplinary centres for research in the cognitive science of culture. This is a new and rapidly growing field in which scholars seek to explain patterns of cross-cultural variation using the methods and theories of the behavioural sciences (especially, experimental and evolutionary psychology).

The MA is undertaken full time over 12 months, beginning in September of each year. The programme consists of six modules (courses): four taught modules (courses), which will be assessed by coursework, and a dissertation between 12,000-15,000 words (double module). The four modules are designed to enable students to undertake significant research and to produce a dissertation. Candidates who pass the four taught modules but do not submit a dissertation, or who submit an unsatisfactory dissertation, will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Modules:

• Theory and Methods in Cognition and Culture
Experimental psychology and anthropological fieldwork techniques

• Evolution and Human Behaviour
Natural foundations of human behaviour

• Social Cognition
Cognitive basis of social behaviour

• Cognitive Science of Religion
Cognitive structure of religious thought, belief, and behaviour

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The MA in Modern History can be studied following one of five strands. British Intelligence History. Read more
The MA in Modern History can be studied following one of five strands:

British Intelligence History
This strand explores the history of intelligence in the 20th century through the medium of the British intelligence community, particularly, though not exclusively, the Secret Intelligence Service (popularly known as MI6). The pathway convenor is Professor Keith Jeffery who has recently completed the official history of SIS.

Religion, Identity and Conflict in History [new for 2012]
This strand explores the role played by religion in various forms and modes of historical conflict and identity, from the rise of Reformation to the global age, in Europe and the World. It looks at how religious convictions have intersected and interacted with the historical dynamic, how it fostered social, cultural, and political discord as well as acted as a mediator and a mitigator for peace.

British History
This strand focuses on British history from the mid-nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. It provides an introduction to the latest historiography being employed in political history, cultural and social history and examines domestic British history and the nation’s relationship with the wider world.

American History
This strand focuses on the history of the United States, and especially the American South, in the last two centuries.

Medieval and Early Modern History
This strand gives students the opportunity to explore medieval and early modern history in depth, drawing on the wide range of expertise of staff within the School.

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The MA Irish History is studied through the Culture, Politics and Identity strand. This is a general strand, with an emphasis on the relationship between culture and politics in the history of modern Ireland from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Read more
The MA Irish History is studied through the Culture, Politics and Identity strand. This is a general strand, with an emphasis on the relationship between culture and politics in the history of modern Ireland from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Designed as a flexible means of pursuing modern Irish history, it can be individually tailored to allow students to focus on specific research interests beyond the core themes of culture and politics, including Migration, (taught in collaboration with staff from the Centre for Migration Studies) and Women's History and Gender. Further information about the MA Irish History in general is available from the co-ordinator, Dr Fearghal McGarry ()

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The MA and diploma in Irish Studies are arranged into thematically focused groups of modules/courses to include history and politics, culture, tradition and heritage and language and literature. Read more
The MA and diploma in Irish Studies are arranged into thematically focused groups of modules/courses to include history and politics, culture, tradition and heritage and language and literature.
A wide variety of modules are available. Current subject areas include the following:

Ireland: History and Politics
History, politics and identity in Ireland.
Ireland: Culture, Tradition and Heritage
Culture, gender, language and power in Ireland.
Ireland: Literature, Language and Art
From modern Irish writing to the study of Gaelic languages.
Ireland: Communities, Identities and Conflict
Community and politics in Northern Ireland.
Ireland: Peoples and Place
Ireland and its prehistory, early Ireland and heritage studies.
Ireland: Religion and Ritual
Historical, sociological and anthropological approaches to religion.

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