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After the tragic events of 9-11 and the advent of the 'war against terror', studies of violence, terrorism and security are now at the top of the global agenda of politics. Read more
After the tragic events of 9-11 and the advent of the 'war against terror', studies of violence, terrorism and security are now at the top of the global agenda of politics. If you are ready to become part of the debate on these contentious topics and their effects then this is the programme for you!

This programme provides dynamic and critical study in violence, terrorism and international security. It challenges ‘accepted wisdom’ and opens up the debate about the role of violence in relation to political power in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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The MA has five components. four taught modules (assessed entirely by coursework) and a dissertation. Two of the modules explore research skills and methodologies such as epigraphy, historiography and numismatics. Read more
The MA has five components: four taught modules (assessed entirely by coursework) and a dissertation. Two of the modules explore research skills and methodologies such as epigraphy, historiography and numismatics. The other pair constitute a Special Field which changes from year to year. (In 20010/11 there will be a choice between 'Athenian Law & Society' and 'The Rise of Christianity'. For details see below).

If all four modules are successfully passed, students then prepare and submit a dissertation – on a subject of their own choice – not exceeding 20,000 words.

Students take modules in research methods and Special Field 1 and 2. They then have a choice of one of the following:

(1) Athenian Law and Society

A substantial course of study of the law, legal institutions and jurisprudence of Athens during the fifth and fourth centuries BC. Drawing upon a significant sample of surviving trial speeches, the sophisticated worlds of both ‘public’ and ‘private’ Athenian law will be explored. Contrasts between classical Athenian concepts and both Roman and modern principles of law will be examined.

(2) The Rise of Christianity

The course explores significant institutions and discourses within Judaism in Judaea in the period 167 BC – AD 70 and setting the historical Jesus in this broader world. It proceeds to examine the earliest traces of the Christian movement and the development of Christianity within the Roman Mediterranean. Students will encounter the historical challenges of reconstructing early theological disputes, heretical ideas and the motivation and scope of persecution up to the reign of Constantine the Great.

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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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Identity and comparison are the stuff of politics in the 21st Century. They are key concepts in the School’s long-running MA programme in Comparative Ethnic Conflict. Read more
Identity and comparison are the stuff of politics in the 21st Century. They are key concepts in the School’s long-running MA programme in Comparative Ethnic Conflict. Ever since the end of the Cold War, ethnic conflicts have loomed large in the reporting of political developments around the world, although many of the world’s most intractable ethnic conflicts long pre-date the the Cold War. Admittedly, they have become more visible as a result of disappearance of conflict between the super-Powers as the prism though which all political developments tended to be viewed when fear of a nuclear holocaust was real.

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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/

BE PART OF AN INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING EXPERIENCE

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

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The MA European Union Politics offers a carefully balanced, interdisciplinary programme, intended to meet the needs of both those wishing to pursue advanced-level academic work on the European Union and practitioners seeking a better grounding in contemporary European-level developments. Read more
The MA European Union Politics offers a carefully balanced, interdisciplinary programme, intended to meet the needs of both those wishing to pursue advanced-level academic work on the European Union and practitioners seeking a better grounding in contemporary European-level developments.



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The MA in Gender and Society responds to undergraduate students who wished to pursue an interest in gender studies to postgraduate level. Read more
The MA in Gender and Society responds to undergraduate students who wished to pursue an interest in gender studies to postgraduate level. It is designed as a multidisciplinary course so as to enable students from a range of subject areas to study gender in a cross-cutting manner. This course offers applicants the possibility of taking gender modules in politics, law, literature, sociology and history. It also gives students considerable scope for pursuing their own independent study of gender issues. Students on the MA in Gender and Society will become affiliated to the Centre for Advancement of Women and Politics (CAWP).

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The MA is designed to develop historical skills and provide deeper knowledge of themes in ancient history. Core courses explore research skills and methodologies such as epigraphy, historiography and numismatics; option courses focus on aspects of ancient Greek and Roman history. Read more
The MA is designed to develop historical skills and provide deeper knowledge of themes in ancient history. Core courses explore research skills and methodologies such as epigraphy, historiography and numismatics; option courses focus on aspects of ancient Greek and Roman history. For more details visit: http://www.qub.ac.uk/history

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Queen’s University Belfast School of English
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The MA in Broadcast Literacy at Queen's University Belfast offers. a comprehensive theoretical overview of the contemporary field of broadcasting, its development, policies and place in society;. Read more
The MA in Broadcast Literacy at Queen's University Belfast offers:
• a comprehensive theoretical overview of the contemporary field of broadcasting, its development, policies and place in society;
• a semiotics of modern broadcasting, providing techniques for ‘reading’ broadcast texts;
• a practice-based introduction to the techniques and strategies used in generating content for television, radio and other broadcast media, taught by experienced writers and broadcasters;
• opportunities to explore the students’ own interests in broadcasting through guided study.

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Queen’s University Belfast School of English
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The MA in Creative Writing (one year full-time or two years part-time) offers students the opportunity to develop their literary talents to the best of their ability. Read more
The MA in Creative Writing (one year full-time or two years part-time) offers students the opportunity to develop their literary talents to the best of their ability. There are two distinct pathways through this MA, with a range of modules on offer designed to enhance, challenge and extend students’ practice in either prose or scriptwriting. The course is suited to English Literature graduates who wish to pursue advanced-level study either as an end in itself or as preparation for a PhD. Funding is available to the best students from various sources, including AHRC, DEL, and Queen’s University.

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Queen’s University Belfast School of English
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The MA in Irish Literature (one year full-time or two years part-time) provides students with a solid grounding in the literary, intellectual and aesthetic traditions of Ireland from the 18th century to the present day. Read more
The MA in Irish Literature (one year full-time or two years part-time) provides students with a solid grounding in the literary, intellectual and aesthetic traditions of Ireland from the 18th century to the present day. All students take modules in Northern Irish Culture and choose from specialist modules across a range of periods and genres. The course is suited to English Literature graduates keen to pursue advanced-level study either as an end in itself or as preparation for a PhD. Funding is available to the best students from various sources, including AHRC, DEL and the School of English at Queen’s.

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Queen’s University Belfast School of English
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The MA in English Speech and Language (one year full-time or two years part-time) provides students with advanced training in the study and analysis of language. Read more
The MA in English Speech and Language (one year full-time or two years part-time) provides students with advanced training in the study and analysis of language. It covers the core areas of linguistics (including phonetics, phonology, semantics, syntax) and reflects staff specialisms (including prosody, clinical and corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, stylistics). The course is suited to English Language and/or Linguistics graduates who wish to pursue advanced-level study either as an end in itself or as preparation for a PhD. Funding is available to the best students from various sources, including AHRC, DEL and the School of English at Queen’s.

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The MA in English Literary Studies provides the opportunity for students to engage with the breadth of literary study available across the School, rather than focusing on a specific pathway. Read more
The MA in English Literary Studies provides the opportunity for students to engage with the breadth of literary study available across the School, rather than focusing on a specific pathway. Students will be able to choose a flexible arrangement of modules which bypass traditional period, genre or national boundaries to focus on their interests and develop new areas of research, supported by the research expertise of the School's staff.

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Queen’s University Belfast School of English
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The MA in Medieval Literature (one year full-time or two years part-time) allows students to explore one of the most interesting areas of English studies. Read more
The MA in Medieval Literature (one year full-time or two years part-time) allows students to explore one of the most interesting areas of English studies. Students participate in seminars and symposia, experience the challenges of Middle English, Old English or medieval Latin (amongst others), and engage with staff and visiting experts in some of the pressing methodological and critical debates of the day. The course is also designed to introduce students to the possibilities of doctoral study in the area. Funding is available to the best students from various sources, including AHRC, DEL and the School of English at Queen’s.

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The MA in Modern Literary Studies (one year full-time or two years part-time) allows students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of modern literary theory and modern Anglophone literary cultures. Read more
The MA in Modern Literary Studies (one year full-time or two years part-time) allows students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of modern literary theory and modern Anglophone literary cultures. The course includes British, North American, Caribbean and Commonwealth writing in English, from the 18th century to the beginnings of the 21st century. The course is suited to English Literature graduates keen to pursue advanced-level study either as an end in itself or as preparation for a PhD. Funding is available to the best students from various sources, including AHRC, DEL and the School of English at Queen’s.

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