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MA (T) Conflict Transformation & Social Justice

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MA (T) Conflict Transformation & Social Justice

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

Master of Arts

Programme Code

CON-MA-SJ

UCAS Code

JACS Code

L252 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

For current general University entry requirements for this pathway go to http://www.qub.ac.uk/ado
The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice requires applicants for this MA programme to have normally as a minimum a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent recognised qualification) in an Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences discipline or another cognate subject area. Those applicants with a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) may be admitted if they hold a Masters degree, or if they have 3 years relevant working experience in the field of conflict transformation, youth work, social justice or related experience in community engagement or public service delivery.
Additional Admissions Information for International Students
International students wishing to apply to Queen’s University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 yrs.

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

Sen George J Mitchell Inst Global Peace, Sec & Jst

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

N/A

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Roger Macginty

n/a

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

No

Programme Specific Regulations

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), Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (20 CATS) and the triple-weighted dissertation (60 CATS points). The additional 60 CATS will be taken via module choice across the programme. Students must pass all taught modules equating to 120 CATS before being able to complete a dissertation.
In addition to the compulsory modules, students take 60 CATS points of optional modules from existing programmes delivered by the following Schools: English, Creative Arts, Law, Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, History and Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work.

The optional modules on offer will be streamed and students will have an opportunity to choose a stream that they would wish to specialise. Students will take modules from one of the three streams.

Within each stream students must take modules from at least two Schools. Students may take no more than 40 CATS worth of optional modules from any one School.

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.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

This MA provides students with the opportunity to engage with core theories, concepts, issues and debates within conflict transformation and social justice as related to the nature and character of various forms of conflict, modes and forms of conflict transformation and the legal and human rights aspects of conflict transformation and social justice. During the programme, students will develop intellectual skills (e.g. critical reasoning, analysis, interpretation); practical skills (e.g. retrieving and sifting information, evaluation skills, observational skills, qualitative and quantitative analysis skills); and transferable skills (e.g. time management, teamwork, effective communication).

Within the programme, students will be provided with the opportunity to study and critically examine the key conceptual, moral, justice, political and cultural issues that define conflict, conflict transformation and social justice. This will relate to the fields of political science, law, English, philosophy, sociology, history, anthropology, drama and psychology. These disciplines will be framed by a core module that will draw together the various disciplinary approaches and methods. Methodological approaches to inter-disciplinary analysis will be undertaken via Making Knowledge Work, the Faculty postgraduate taught module. The programme will provide students with an opportunity to study across disciplines and choose one of the streams outlined below. This will promote employability, provide the students with the opportunity to develop a specialism and develop independent research skills (please note that module content may vary from year to year and is subject to timetabling and availability).

The modules are structured into streams so as to pinpoint main areas/themes in conflict transformation and social justice and in so doing ensure and progress an inter-disciplinary approach (though streams are also compulsory for the Diploma). Streams permit students to explore different disciplinary approaches to and perspectives on, related and overlapping subjects, empirical processes and issues that are both divergent and convergent. This embeds the value of the multi-disciplinary approach.

The choices of streams are;

Stream 1: Conflict and Transformation
Stream 2: Asserting Social Justice, Inclusion and Rights
Stream 3: Religion, Society, Peace-building and Conflict.

Stream 1: Conflict and Transformation
In Stream 1 a student will be able to focus upon conflict via reading across definitions, forms, expressions and manifestations. This could include, for example, terrorism, territoriality, behaviouralism, performance, scale, ethnicity, gender, environmental resource competition, youth and class. Within Stream 1 that would also comprise learning about the variant understandings of conflict recovery, memory as reconciliation, social justice-led transformation and conflict management.

Stream 2: Asserting Social Justice, Inclusion and Rights
Stream 2 links skills development to the understanding of conflict transformation via a human rights and/or social justice frame. Stream 2 primarily permits students to read conflict as it relates to rights of assembly, human rights abuse, social injustice, environmental conflicts, disempowerment and social, gendered, youth-centred and other exclusions. Herein conflict transformation understood as including important themes such as human rights acknowledgement, youth conferencing, transitional justice, lustration, truth-seeking, criminal processes, nation building, victim reparation, restorative justice.

Stream 3: Religion, Society, Peace-building and Conflict
Stream 3 works upon 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’. It also includes evaluations of religions shared and variant approaches/perspectives and contributions to peace-making. The practice of religious/faith based approaches will be taught around the import of faith into conflict transformation, religion/faith-based NGO examples and approaches. This stream will also include some non-faith based modules for comparative reasons.

The Programme will also be complemented by a non-assessed Personal Development Programme (PDP) which will enhance graduate study. We are conscious that students will be undertaking optional modules across Schools and have determined that a PDP scheme will develop the aims and objectives of the core modules and promote self-assessment, reflection and other forms of progress evaluation. The Institute will also offer a series of formal and informal seminars and events which students will be encouraged to attend and participate in.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Ability to use evidence to develop a clear and logical argument and use information effectively in a direct and appropriate way.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class based teaching (core and elective), group discussions, methods based practicals, presentations, dissertation (supervision/writing). Also bibliographical skills development, IT skills development and methods based teaching.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contribution and dissertation.

Ability to organise and also synthesise extensive amounts of complex scholarship, information and data and in so doing be able to explain, verify and critique such information and knowledge;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class based teaching (core and elective), group discussions, methods based practicals, presentations, dissertation (supervision). Also bibliographical skills development, IT skills development and methods based teaching.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contribution and dissertation.

Ability to develop and design conflict transformation and social justice practices;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Primarily through class based teaching, fieldwork visits, essay and report writing and dissertation tasks.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contribution and dissertation.

Ability to develop and construct independent thinking around key approaches to conflict transformation and social justice;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class based teaching (core and elective), group discussions, methods based practicals, presentations, dissertation (supervision). Also bibliographical skills development, IT skills development and methods based teaching.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contribution and dissertation.

Ability to identify, understand, interpret and evaluate relevant theoretical, subject-specific and methodological arguments;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class based teaching, group discussions; methods based practicals, presentations and dissertation (supervision/ independent writing). Development of reading skills and use of IT to locate relevant sources and methodologies.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contribution and dissertation.

Ability to manage, explain and develop subject-specific knowledge through independent study;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Assignments, presentations (individual/group), methods based, dissertation (independent writing) practicals, essay writing, report writing and subject evaluation in assessment.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contribution and dissertation.

Ability to identify relevant and subject-specific and inter-disciplinary knowledge, sources and data;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class based teaching, group discussions; methods based practicals, presentations, dissertation (supervision). Also PDP support (tutorials) bibliographical skills development, IT skills development and methods based teaching.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contribution and dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Ability to use feedback effectively.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

PDF (feedback session with tutor).

Methods of Assessment

Non-Assessed

Ability to think and argue creatively, in an advanced manner, to display originality of thought and argument and clearly support arguments in innovative ways.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class based teaching, group discussions; methods based practicals, presentations, dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contribution and dissertation.

Ability to work efficiently to deadlines.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

PDP programme

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contribution and dissertation.

Ability to manage time and multiple learning commitments;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

PDP programme and Making Knowledge Work module

Methods of Assessment

Essays and dissertation.

Ability to reflect independently on one’s own progress and identify and act upon one’s own development needs with respect to life-long learning and career development.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

PDP programme and meetings with tutor/advisor

Methods of Assessment

Essays

Ability to use information and communication technologies effectively and creatively.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

IT use, data set learning and other statistics and media resource learning/use.

Methods of Assessment

Practicals

Ability to be self-directed and exercise initiative.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Dissertation (topic choice, data collection, independent writing)

Methods of Assessment

Dissertation

Personal study skills and study management.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

PDP activities

Methods of Assessment

Non-Assessed

Advanced written skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Dissertation and other written assessment

Methods of Assessment

Essays and dissertation.

Effective oral communication skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Presentations (group/individual).

Methods of Assessment

Presentations

Ability to problem-solve.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class based teaching, group discussions; methods based practicals, presentations, dissertation (supervision).

Methods of Assessment

Essays, dissertation and seminar contributions.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

A systematic understanding and knowledge of the principal features of conflict transformation and social justice within an inter-disciplinary frame.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Core and elective classes and PDP tutoring on the principal features. Group discussions on the knowledge and principal features. Presentations that discuss these principal features. Dissertation in which principal features may be discussed/analysed and/or accounted for.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contributions and dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

An understanding of alternative forms of dispute resolution and significance of advocacy and negotiation methods in the administration of social justice and conflict transformation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Core and elective classes a illustrating the advocacy, mediation and negotiation as means, modes and practices. Group discussions regarding application dispute resolution and models for/of same. Dissertation may be centred on analysis of dispute resolution as analysis, theory or case study.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contributions and dissertation.

An understanding of multiple processes involved in designing and delivering conflict transformation and social justice;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Core and elective classes illustrating the application of conflict transformation and social justice. Group discussions regarding application of conflict transformation and social justice. Presentations regarding application. Dissertation centred on application of conflict transformation and social justice may be analysed, explained, theorised and or case study based.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contributions and dissertation.

A conceptual appreciation and critical awareness of the ethics of conflict transformation and social justice delivery;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Core and elective classes teaching and explaining the ethics of conflict transformation and social justice. Dissertation examining the context of ethics both in terms of permission for independent study and also ethics as a mode of study/analysis.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contributions and dissertation.

A conceptual understanding and critical awareness of the context (historical, political, policy, sociological, international, legal, human rights etc.) of conflict and its reproduction;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Core and elective classes illustrating the various understandings (from variant disciplines) of conflict reproduction. Presentations regarding causality of conflict. Dissertation examining the context of conflict and its reproduction.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contributions and dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

A systematic understanding and critical awareness of the influence of theories and models that affect conflict transformation and social justice practices;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Core and elective classes that includes teaching and illustrating the influence of theories and models of conflict transformation and social justice. Group discussions regarding form and meaning of theories and approaches to conflict transformation and social justice. Dissertation centred upon understanding of various theories and models on conflict transformation and social justice with regard to analysis, explanation, comparative analysis, theorisation and/or paradigm study accounting.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contributions and dissertation.

A systematic understanding and knowledge of the skills required in order to study conflict transformation and social justice;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class based teaching (core and elective), group discussions; methods based practicals, presentations, dissertation (supervision). Also PDP support (tutorials) bibliographical skills development, IT skills development and methods based teaching.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contributions and dissertation.

An efficient understanding and knowledge of various approaches to conflict transformation and social justice within contemporary societies, regions and related global interactions;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Core and elective classes. Group discussions regarding form and meaning of approaches to conflict transformation and social justice. Presentations regarding key and/or multiple approaches. Dissertation may be centred upon understanding of various approaches by region and global interactions as regards analysis, explanation, comparative analysis, theorisation and/or case study accounting.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contributions and dissertation.

A systematic understanding and knowledge of the application of conflict transformation and social justice;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Core and elective classes. Group discussions regarding application of conflict transformation and social justice. Presentations regarding application. Dissertation centred on application of conflict transformation and social justice via analysis, explanation, theory and or case study based.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, seminar contributions and dissertation.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

The Anthropology of Ireland: Conflict and Continuity

ANT7016

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Theoretical Perspectives and Focal Issues in Political Psychology

PSY7054

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Understanding Political Behaviours: Civic Engagement, Political Participation and Disempowerment

PSY7055

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Applying Political Psychology to Current Social Issues

PSY7056

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Global Terrorism

PAI7007

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Conflict Intervention

PAI7027

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

War of Gods: Religion and Identity in Historical Perspective

MHY7080

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Topics In Irish History

MHY7081

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Trauma and Memory in 20th Century Irish Literature

ENG7117

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Philosophy of Conflict and War

PHL7038

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Political Cinema: Conflict and Form

FLM7012

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Making Knowledge Work

AHS7001

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Global Concepts and Practice of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

CSJ7001

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Conducting Research in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

CSJ7004

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

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