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Social Policy has been defined as the study of the collective and individual procedures through which people gain access to life-enhancing and sustaining experiences such as education, health care, housing, income during periods of cessation and interruption of earnings, and the care associated with the loss of autonomy and independence. Read more
Social Policy has been defined as the study of the collective and individual procedures through which people gain access to life-enhancing and sustaining experiences such as education, health care, housing, income during periods of cessation and interruption of earnings, and the care associated with the loss of autonomy and independence. UCLan's MA Social Policy postgraduate degree will be of benefit to professionals working in the world of social welfare, to graduates in Social Policy or a related discipline, and to the interested citizen. There are core modules in poverty and social inequality; comparative social policy and social change; social theory and social policy; the making of social policy; introduction to social research. Newly-introduced modules include a work placement module: social policy in practice, with an alternative choice of a reflecting on policy and practice module for those students already in work who may wish to focus analysis on their current professional role.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Students will be taught in a combination of lecture, seminar and workshop settings. The research module makes extensive use of eLearn. Full-time students will normally have six hours per week class contact time (3 taught modules per semester), whilst part-time students will normally have between two to four hours per week class contact time (One-two modules per semester, depending on the student's chosen programme of study). Students also receive additional tutorial support in negotiation with their personal tutor.

The course employs a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, data analysis and a 15000 word dissertation that is the biggest single component (worth three modules) of the MA target award. There are no examinations. All forms of assessment have been designed to test the extent to which learning outcomes have been achieved.

There is also a dissertation (triple module) on a topic of the student’s choice. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and supervised self-directed study. It is assessed through coursework and a dissertation. There are no examinations.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Social Policy has been defined as the study of the collective and individual procedures through which people gain access to that range of life enhancing and life sustaining experiences, whose distribution lies at the heart of welfare states. These include education, health care, housing, and income during periods of cessation and interruption of earnings and the care associated with the experience of contingencies which lead to a loss of independence and autonomy. There can be little doubt that social policy issues are now at the centre of political debate in Britain and much of the rest of the industrialised world.

The New Labour government of 1997-2010 made the ‘modernisation’ of these services and the improvement in the quality of users' experiences the test by which it wishes to be judged: in what directions has the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition taken social policy since the defeat of New Labour?

The MA Social Policy is a modular course that offers the opportunity to engage in a discussion of some of the most important issues of a world characterised by profound cultural, demographic, economic, political and technological change. It will be of relevance and benefit to professionals who work in one or other sector of the mixed economy of welfare, to graduates in Social Policy or a related discipline such as Economics, Health Studies, History, Philosophy, Politics and Sociology, and to the interested citizen.

The course aims to:
-Provide an intellectually challenging range of modules that focus on a number of the most important theoretical perspectives at the "cutting edge" of the subject
-Apply an advanced critical perspective to social policy issues relevant to your professional and/or academic situation
-Encourage you to develop a framework of knowledge, critical understanding and analytical skills that can be used as a basis for both professional and personal development

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Community sport development is one of the most vibrant and expanding areas of the sport and leisure industry. This course will develop students’ understanding of community development through sport in both a UK and international context. Read more
Community sport development is one of the most vibrant and expanding areas of the sport and leisure industry. This course will develop students’ understanding of community development through sport in both a UK and international context. Particular focus is given to developing a critical awareness of the role of sport in delivering key social policy agendas. Students will be encouraged to analyse the use of sport in this context and consider innovative approaches when using sport as a community development vehicle. Through a varied and stimulating curriculum students will be provided with the professional skills and knowledge to work in this challenging field. The course will particularly appeal to those possessing an undergraduate degree in sports studies, sports development and sport and / or leisure management but will also be suitable to students from non-sport disciplines. Existing professionals in the sport and leisure industry can also enhance their qualifications through this course.

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The MA course in Global Security and Justice at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Security and Human Rights are fast-growing academic concerns within and allied to International Relations, reflecting the speed and complexity with which the world is changing. Read more
The MA course in Global Security and Justice at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Security and Human Rights are fast-growing academic concerns within and allied to International Relations, reflecting the speed and complexity with which the world is changing. Whether it is the intensity of worldwide interconnectedness, the problem of transnational terrorism, the military conflicts in the Middle East, the impact of climate change or the Global Financial Crisis, the rising power of China and India, and the changing nature of international organisations such as the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United Nations – international processes and dynamics are increasingly shaping and influencing our lives. How to explain the terrorist attacks to London, Madrid and New York? What does this tell us about the importance of security? Is globalisation a negative or positive development? Why are human rights so important and yet so widely ignored? This course will provide you with the conceptual and practical tools necessary to better understand the global world in which we live.

The course combines theoretical study with practical application through examining real case studies, to provide you with the conceptual and practical tools necessary to better understand the global world in which we live.

Main Themes:

Theory:
IR theory
Globalisation theory
Research methods

History:
Cold War
East/West relations
US Foreign Policy

Global issues :
Security
Gender and Human Rights

Area studies:
US, UK, China, India, Africa, Middle East

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MA International Relations is concerned with the historical, political, diplomatic, cultural and economic interaction between East and West, Asia and Europe, the ‘Orient’ and the ‘Occident’, bridged by countries in the Middle East, and seen through the prism of other nations and regions. Read more
MA International Relations is concerned with the historical, political, diplomatic, cultural and economic interaction between East and West, Asia and Europe, the ‘Orient’ and the ‘Occident’, bridged by countries in the Middle East, and seen through the prism of other nations and regions. Alongside this, postgraduate International Relations will explore the key ideas of international justice, human rights, war-crimes and terrorism, civil liberties and development of democracy in the contemporary global system. Studying International Relations at UCLan, you will also be able to tailor the course to your own areas of interests, with optional modules on other areas and world regions.
You will learn to work skilfully and confidently with ideas and theoretical concepts in International Relations, tackling the most urgent and interesting questions in modern World Politics. You will look behind the scenes of the rise of emerging powers, and you will have many opportunities to undertake in-depth study of states such as China, India and Russia, and of regions such as East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

UCLan’s postgraduate International Relations course enjoys strong links with a range of professional bodies including:
University Association for Contemporary European Studies (London)
Political Studies Association (PSA)
Asia-Europe Foundation (Singapore)
European Institute for Asian Studies (Brussels)
International Institute for Asian Studies (The Hague)
Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (Copenhagen)
The Asia-Europe Institute at the University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

The MA in IR draws upon the academic strengthens and interests of the course team, all of whom are research active and experts in their respective fields. Generally speaking, Semester 1 provides the broad conceptual and theoretical underpinning of the programme. Students choose from a range of specialist modules in Semester 2, covering a range of geographical areas and specific themes such as Gender and International Relations, War, Conflict and Commemoration, and Espionage and Intelligence. Content, however, is likely to vary from year to year, reflecting an ever changing world and personal availability. A dissertation is completed in Semester 3.

Modules:

Concepts and Theories in IR (Core)
International Relations: 1945-2000 (Core)
Contemporary Issues in IR (Core)
Research Methods in IR (Core)
Espionage and Secret Intelligence (Option)
Dissertation in IR (Core)
International Relations in the Middle East (Option)
Religion and Global Dialogue (Option)
Gender and International Relations (Option)
War, Conflict and Commemoration (Option)

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MA Intercultural Business Communication will be of interest to those wishing to work in careers related to, or who have already worked in international business and management contexts. Read more
MA Intercultural Business Communication will be of interest to those wishing to work in careers related to, or who have already worked in international business and management contexts. It will also be relevant to those who wish to become more successful in understanding communication or who are cultural specialists in their own professions.

The postgraduate course raises awareness of theories of communication, culture, language and society and their applications in business interactions. The distinctiveness of the programme lies in the focus of the course’s three principal components: emphasis on intercultural and communication theories applied to work-related contexts in International Business; multi-disciplinary pathways; and Research Training.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

You will receive input from a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. A student-centred approach is emphasised in the teaching and learning process.

We use a variety of assessment procedures including essays, portfolios, presentations, projects and examinations. The assessment methods and criteria we use are linked to the learning outcomes specified for each module.

COURSE OUTLINE

You have to complete a total of nine modules of which the Dissertation or Work Placement Project (based on a work placement of at least 6 weeks) are triple modules. Four modules are taught-core compulsory modules and two are option modules.

OPPORTUNITIES

At the end of the course, you will have acquired knowledge and understanding of principles and theories of communication, language, culture and society; developed an awareness of how cultural differences can create conflict; and learned skills for undertaking independent research.

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The MA North Korean Studies provides the only dedicated master’s degree in this subject area outside South Korea. Read more

Programme Overview

The MA North Korean Studies provides the only dedicated master’s degree in this subject area outside South Korea. Uniquely, this one year course embeds the learning and teaching in a graduate introduction to social science philosophies and methods, provides training in the Korean language geared to the language level of the student (beginners, intermediate, or advanced) and, at the same time, introduces a wide range of materials on the society, economy, politics and International relations of North Korea. The course director, Professor Hazel Smith, is a world-leading scholar whose publications provide global benchmark studies on North Korea. The MA is taught by staff situated in UCLan’s International Institute of Korean Studies, which works within a globally established network of influential academics, diplomats, journalists and public policy officials who work on North Korea.

The course will provide you with the comparative advantage in journalism, diplomacy, international organisations, NGOs, and global business of gaining knowledge and expertise, not just on North Korea, but in the international relations of East Asia, which is the motor force of the world economy yet also contains some of the globe’s pressing security problems; the most important to all of the global powers of which is North Korea’s nuclear programme. Students graduating from this master’s course will have developed knowledge, analytical skills and language skills (Korean at beginners, intermediate or advanced level) that will equip them to work in a number of employment sectors dealing with international affairs. The strong support from policy makers in the UK (FCO and parliament) will also bring networks to our students that will facilitate employability prospects.

Modules

Inter-Korean relations: Theory and Practice
Research Methods
North Korea: History, Politics and International Relations
North Korea: Economy and Society
Korean Language 1
Korean Language 2
Dissertation

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