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PgDip Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

Academic Year 2020/21

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Programme Title

PgDip Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

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

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

POL-PD-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

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 7

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

N/A

Accreditations (PSRB)

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 two compulsory taught modules (40 CATS) and four elective taught modules (80 CATS).

The two compulsory taught modules are:
Global Concepts and Practices of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (20 CATS), and Approaches to Research Design (20 CATS).

The four elective taught modules (totaling 80 CATS) will be taken from the selection offered by the Institute and across Schools within the Faculty including Law, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and History.

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 Diploma 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, philosophy, sociology, history, anthropology and psychology. These disciplines will be framed by a core module that will draw together the various disciplinary approaches and methods. The programme will provide students with an opportunity to study across disciplines. This will promote employability and develop independent research skills (please note that module content may vary from year to year and is subject to timetabling and availability).

The Programme will be complemented by training offered by QUB’s Graduate School, which offers advice and support regarding skills development and potential employment both domestically and internationally. The Institute will also offer a series of formal and informal seminars and events which students will be encouraged to attend and participate in. The learning and intellectual environment provided by the Institute will uphold training in preparation for both future academic and workplace-based research

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, philosophy, sociology, history, anthropology and psychology. These disciplines will be framed by a core module that will draw together the various disciplinary approaches and methods. 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 Programme will be complemented by training offered by QUB’s Graduate School, which offers advice and support regarding skills development and potential employment both domestically and internationally. The Institute will also offer a series of formal and informal seminars and events which students will be encouraged to attend and participate in. The learning and intellectual environment provided by the Institute will uphold training in preparation for both doctoral and workplace-based research.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

Methods of Assessment

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 module convenors; 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.

Ability to work efficiently to deadlines.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Preparation of assessments for modules.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case report and literature review.

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.

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.

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

Written assessments

Methods of Assessment

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

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. Graduate School training (bibliographical and IT skills).

Methods of Assessment

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

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.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review.

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. Graduate School training (bibliographical and IT skills).

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review.

A systematic understanding and knowledge of the application of 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.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review.

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

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.

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 advocacy, mediation and negotiation as means, modes and practices. Group discussions regarding application of dispute resolution and models for/of same.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, case reports, practicals, literature review.

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: International Perspectives

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%

The Politics and Political Economy of Energy and Low Carbon Energy Transitions

PAI7036

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

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

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%

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%

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

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%

Conflict Mediation and Transformation

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%

Research Approaches and Methods: Conflict Transformation & Social Justice, Int Relations, VTS

CSJ7010

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Students must take 120 credits - 6 MODULES (THREE in Semester 1 and THREE in Semester 2).
Students are required to take TWO CORE modules in Semester 1.
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.“