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MA Sociology (Societies in Transition)

Course Description

Course Description:
This is a full-time one year course that aims to provide graduates with the necessary critical and analytical skills to make sense of societies undergoing rapid and dramatic transitions. The programme is set against the backdrop of the recent global turbulence in financial markets and the related economic downturn. Societies such as Ireland are adjusting very rapidly to change in the external and internal environments. This requires us to re-think prevailing assumptions about the nature and direction of socioeconomic development both in Ireland and elsewhere. The key idea underlying the this MA is to interrogate the political economy, power dynamics and cultural dimensions of social change in transitional societies, using Ireland as a key point of reference. The intellectual approach will embrace both comparative and historical dimensions of societies in transition. We hope to stimulate students to think about the role that sociological analysis can play in helping to advance solutions to the current social and economic challenges.

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/nuim
Non-Maynooth students are asked to provide a copy of their birth certificate or valid passport, two academic references and official transcripts
PAC Code needed for online application:
MHY50 Full-time

1 year Full-time

Closing date
31 August 2015

The taught programme is built around three components: a core theoretical module, substantive courses, and methods courses. Beyond this, the researching and writing of a thesis constitutes 30 credits.

The programme is marked out of 90 credits, with the credits for each component assigned as follows:

Theory + Substantive Courses = 45 credits
Methods Courses + Thesis Seminar = 15 credits
Thesis = 30 credits
Total Credits = 90 credits

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

Entry Requirements

Second class honours grade 2.2 in Sociology or related discipline. The personal statement should include information that you consider relevant to your interest and ability in the MA in Sociology. It should include reference to any academic or personal experiences you have had that are relevant to your interest in taking the course and your ability to benefit from it, your personal motivations for taking the course, and what you hope to gain from the course. The personal statement should be between 250–750 words.

Course Fees

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