The MA in Equality and Diversity in Society is an exciting development in response to The Equality Act 2010 and global concerns regarding equality. Awareness of equality and diversity is now seen as an integral requirement of many organisations, as well as an aspiration for society as a whole.
There is recognition that the underlying body of knowledge and theories surrounding equality and diversity, which are directly linked to social policy, sociology and social and cultural theory, are essential in developing informed professionals. This Master’s Programme will extend professional knowledge and understanding and aims to develop reflective/reflexive practitioners through an integrated set of compulsory modules. This programme will give a sound understanding of equality and diversity and its implications for society, organisations, communities, families, individuals and policy-makers.
The Master’s in Equality and Diversity in Society is grounded in the quest which seeks to ‘provide an understanding of the long-term and underlying causes of disadvantage that need to be addressed by public policy’ (Equalities Review, 2007: 13). To this end, the principle of equality and inclusion is embedded within and throughout the programme. The programme recognises that philosophers, economists, and political and social theorists debate the concepts of equality and diversity from a range of different perspectives; allowing the student to explore competing interpretations of what ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’ might mean in our society. Through engaging with ‘the intellectual traditions and perspectives of the social science, students will be encouraged to explore social processes and the links between theory, policy and practice. It allows students to debate societal issues, and promote engagement with ‘new ideas … relating to issues such as the impact of globalisation on … social justice, sustainable development, social inclusion.’
Part I comprises four taught modules which can be accessed through weekend taught sessions, online virtual learning environment or through a blended learning approach.
SJEQ7001 - Researching and Reflecting upon Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
SJEQ7002 - The Personal and the Political: Influences on Policy, Affecting Individuals and Groups in the UK today
SJEQ7003 - Equality and Diversity: Power and Social (Re)production of Inequality
SJEQ7004 - Sustainable Communities: Equality in Action
For further module descriptions please visit http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/postgraduate/ma-equality-and-diversity-in-society/
Part II is the dissertation component where the student will explore an aspect of equality and diversity through either an extended literature review or primary research (15,000 words).
• This programme has been designed both as a natural progression for BA Social Inclusion graduates, and as preparation for students who wish to enter or are already professionals working in a diverse range of fields (for example: teaching, health and/or social care, educational settings, probation service, voluntary organisations, youth support, community education, police services). It also acknowledges the Welsh Assembly Government’s vision for all teachers to be qualified to Master’s level.
• The programme is designed to enable students to further develop the range of skills gained at initial degree level, which transfer easily to the world of work: Communicating effectively; ICT; Researching, preparing and delivering presentations; Making effective use of visual aids; Working collaboratively or as part of a team; and, Working to deadlines.
• Further skills within this Master’s programme will include: Creativity in the application of knowledge; Ability to acquire and critically analyse data and information; and, Conceptual understanding.
• The programme encourages students to use critical skills in their professional work. Evidence indicates that these are the skills that are highly valued by employers. Although it is not primarily a vocational programme, it prepares students to move in a vocational direction.
Entry Requirements, Progression and Accreditation of Prior Learning
The School has its own Admissions Policy which adheres to the requirements of the University Admission Policy and the University’s Policy on Equality and Diversity. A robust planning system is undertaken with Support Services for those students with identified disabilities.
Traditional entry route requirement for students is normally a 2:1 or 1st class honours first degree or the vocational qualification equivalent and relevant experience. The School encourages students with a range of vocational qualifications and relevant experiences to apply.
an initial degree of the University of Wales;
an initial degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body;
a non-graduate qualification which has been deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of admission;
a non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that he/she has held, for a minimum of two years, a responsible position which is relevant to the scheme to be pursued.
Each application is considered on its own merit, and all applicants who meet the general requirements are invited for interview. The programme ethos requires students to have, and be able to further develop, good language skills, and candidates are given the opportunity to demonstrate these skills at interview.
The School warmly welcomes applications from international students, for whom telephone interviews may be arranged. The School is mindful that these students may have a time-bound Visa for study in the UK, and will plan accordingly wherever possible. For all international students, collaboration with the University’s international office is an important activity.
Traditional entry route requirement for students is normally a 2:1 or 1st class honours first degree or the vocational qualification equivalent and relevant experience. General Requirements• an initial degree of the University of Wales;• an initial degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body;• a non-graduate qualification which has been deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of admission;• a non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that he/she has held, for a minimum of two years, a responsible position which is relevant to the scheme to be pursued.