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MA (T) Irish Studies

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

MA (T) Irish Studies

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Arts

Programme Code

IRS-MA-S

UCAS Code

JACS Code

L600 (DESCR) 50

Criteria for Admissions

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in History (single or combined Honours) who can demonstrate relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

History (2014)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor M Harper

University of Limerick

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Irish Studies is a broad field of area studies utilising a range of disciplines. The structure of the MA in Irish Studies enables students to obtain training in particular disciplinary research methods whilst gaining an understanding of interdisciplinary issues. The modules chosen by the student are designed to enable students to undertake significant research and to produce a dissertation.

The aims of the programme are:

To enable graduates to undertake interdisciplinary postgraduate studies in Irish Studies and gain various benefits:

An advanced appreciation of the value of interdisciplinarity in Irish Studies.

An advanced understanding and experience of research methods.

An advanced appreciation of the value of academic approaches to some issues of contemporary public concern in Ireland.

A deepened knowledge of specific themes in Irish studies.

For current general University entry requirements for this pathway go to http://www.qub.ac.uk/ado.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Comprehension of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary issues raised in Irish Studies.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through teaching on modules across the field of Irish Studies (see also programme specifications for specific subjects).

Teaching is through workshops, seminar discussion and feedback on assessed essays.

Methods of Assessment

Essay and coursework on individual modules.

Writing of a 20,000 word dissertation.

Ability to question and critically examine cultural assumptions.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through teaching on modules across the field of Irish Studies (see also programme specifications for specific subjects).

Teaching is through workshops, seminar discussion and feedback on assessed essays.

Methods of Assessment

Essay and coursework on individual modules.

Writing of a 20,000 word dissertation.

Ability to analyse and criticise arguments in depth.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through teaching on modules across the field of Irish Studies (see also programme specifications for specific subjects).

Teaching is through workshops, seminar discussion and feedback on assessed essays.

Methods of Assessment

Essay and coursework on individual modules.

Writing of a 20,000 word dissertation.

Demonstrate skills in reflecting upon and clarifying personal values.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through teaching on modules across the field of Irish Studies (see also programme specifications for specific subjects).

Teaching is through workshops, seminar discussion and feedback on assessed essays.

Methods of Assessment

Essay and coursework on individual modules.

Writing of a 20,000 word dissertation.

Formulate and test hypotheses and interpretations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed in taught modules by seminar discussion and feedback on assessed coursework; and in the dissertation by discussion and critical commentary from a supervisor.

Methods of Assessment

Essay and coursework on individual modules.

Writing of a 20,000 word dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Conduct research on a variety of issues, making intelligent use of the available material.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed at theoretical level and by regular discussion with and feedback from a supervisor.

Methods of Assessment

Dissertation.

Evaluate arguments and evidence.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed by seminar discussion and feedback on written coursework across all taught modules, and in regular discussion with and critical commentary from the supervisor of the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework across all modules.

Interpret and analyse information from a range of sources.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed by seminar discussion and feedback on written coursework across all taught modules, and in regular discussion with and critical commentary from the supervisor of the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework across all modules.

Communicate effectively in writing.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed by feedback on written coursework across all taught modules and regular discussions with and critical commentary from the supervisor of the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework across all modules.

Work independently.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed in research for coursework and dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework across all modules.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Understanding of specific subject knowledge dependent upon programme options taken (see list and the programme specifications for individual subjects)
History.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through seminar discussion, workshops and feedback on assessed coursework.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework across all modules.

The conceptual issues involved in studying an inter-disciplinary degree programme.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through seminar discussion, workshops and feedback on assessed coursework.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework across all modules.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

An understanding of the broad interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary issues as they relate to the study of the identities and cultures of the peoples of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught by a combination of workshops, seminar discussion and practical exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework.

An ability to critically engage with research on a theoretical and methodological basis.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught by a combination of workshops, seminar discussion and practical exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework.

An ability to understand, formulate and address through disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, historical, social, political and cultural aspects of Ireland and Diaspora.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught by a combination of workshops, seminar discussion and practical exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Dissertation

IRS7010

70

60

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Becoming a Historian

MHY7020

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Working with Archives

MHY7025

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Concepts in History

MHY7035

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Approaches to Social Research

SOC9012

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Individually Negotiated Topic in History

MHY7011

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advanced Anthropological Methods

ANT7007

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advanced Anthropological Perspectives

ANT7008

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Irish Poetry

ENG7305

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Approaches to Research Design

PAI7001

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Government and Institutions of Northern Ireland

PAI7002

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Public History Internship

MHY7077

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

The Politics of Northern Ireland

PAI7021

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

The Politics of the Republic of Ireland

PAI7022

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Conflict Intervention

PAI7027

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Violence, Terrorism and Security

PAI7028

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Topics In Irish History

MHY7081

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Literary Research Methods

ENG7163

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Political Cinema: Conflict and Form

FLM7012

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland: New Sociological Research

SOC9062

70

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Auditing

MHY7088

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Key Debates in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

AHS7001

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

MA Specialisation

ANT7053

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

University Research and Civil Society

SOC9069

70

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Belfast: Place, Identity and Memory in a Contested City

IRS7011

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Notes