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MA Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

Academic Year 2019/20

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Programme Title

MA Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

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

Master of Arts

Programme Code

POL-MA-CT

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100617

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 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

N/A

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

This programme follows the University's Regulations.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF 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).

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, philosophy, sociology, history, anthropology and psychology.

The programme will provide students with an opportunity to study across disciplines. This will promote employability and develop independent research skills.

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. Graduate School training.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, seminar contribution, practicals, case report, literature review 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. Graduate School training.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, seminar contribution, practicals, case report, literature review 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, presentations, seminar contribution, practicals, case report, literature review 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. Graduate School training.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, seminar contribution, practicals, case report, literature review 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, presentations, seminar contribution, practicals, case report, literature review 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, presentations, seminar contribution, practicals, case report, literature review and dissertation.

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

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, presentations, seminar contribution, practicals, case report, literature review 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). Graduate School training (bibliographical and IT skills).

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, seminar contribution, practicals, case report, literature review 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

Meetings with dissertation supervisor; written feedback on dissertation drafts before submission; class based feedback.

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 (supervision). Graduate School training (bibliographical and IT skills).

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case report, practicals, literature review and dissertation.

Ability to work efficiently to deadlines.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Preparation of assessments for modules.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case report, literature review and dissertation.

Ability to manage time and multiple learning commitments;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Graduate School training; preparation of assessments for modules.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case report, literature review 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

Graduate School training; meetings with tutor/advisor/supervisor

Methods of Assessment

Non-assessed

Ability to use information and communication technologies effectively and creatively.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Graduate School training; class based teaching

Methods of Assessment

Practicals, case study based assessments.

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

Graduate School training.

Methods of Assessment

Non-assessed.

Advanced written skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Dissertation and other written assessment

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case report, practicals, literature review 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). Graduate School training (bibliographical and IT skills).

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case report, practicals, literature review and dissertation.

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 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, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review and dissertation.

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 include 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. Presentations regarding key and/or multiple approaches/theories. 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, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review 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). Graduate School training (bibliographical and IT skills).

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review 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 that includes teaching (i.e. case studies) and 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 via analysis, explanation, theory and or case study based.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review 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 that include teaching (i.e. case studies) and illustrating approaches to conflict transformation and social justice. 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, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review 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 that include teaching (i.e. case studies) and illustrating the advocacy, mediation and negotiation as means, modes and practices. Group discussions regarding application of 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, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review 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 that include teaching (i.e. case studies) and 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, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review 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 that include 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, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review 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 that include teaching and 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, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review 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 %

Global Terrorism

PAI7007

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Politics of the Republic of Ireland

PAI7022

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Conflict Intervention

PAI7027

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

International Political Economy

PAI7030

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Gender and Politics

PAI7032

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Cultural Policy: Its Relationship to Arts Management

SCA7002

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Philosophy of Conflict and War

PHL7038

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Inequality and Emotions

SOC9058

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland: New Sociological Research

SOC9062

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Institutions and Politics of the European Union

PAI7052

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

60%

40%

0%

Dissertation

CSJ7002

7

60

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Theoretical Criminology

LAW7810

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Transitional Justice

LAW7811

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Equality and Discrimination

LAW7814

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Counter-terrorism and Human Rights

LAW7815

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Comparative Human Rights

LAW7816

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

International Human Rights Law

LAW7812

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Human Rights in Practice

LAW7813

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Religion and Peacebuilding

CSJ7005

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

MA Specialisation

ANT7053

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Engaging citizens in democratic institutions

PAI7100

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Global Ethics

PHL7056

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

APPROACHES TO RESEARCH DESIGN

HAP7001

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Bridging community divisions in Irish Drama and the Novel

CSJ7006

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Legacy of Conflict

CSJ7007

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Conflict Mediation

CSJ7008

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Issues in Policing and Crime Prevention

LAW7841

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Students must take 180 credits - 6 MODULES (THREE in Semester 1 and THREE in Semester 2) PLUS the MA Dissertation (60 credits).
Students are required to take TWO CORE modules in semester 1 PLUS the MA Dissertation.
Students are required to take FOUR OPTIONAL modules (One OPTIONAL module in semester 1 and THREE OPTIONAL modules in semester 2.

“Students will be notified each academic year of the optional modules being offered in the following academic year. Students are advised that not all optional modules will necessarily be offered in each academic year. Also, the delivery of a module may be subject to a minimum number of enrolments as well as unforeseen circumstances (e.g. illness of a member of staff).  The range and content of optional modules will change over time as degree programmes develop and students’ choice of optional modules may also be limited due to timetabling constraints.“