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The Department offers an innovative MA in the Sociology of Development and Globalisation (CKE56). This programme was launched in 1990 and grew out of a long standing interest in development issues within the Department. The importance and continuing relevance of an analysis of the global nature of our current world, at both the structural and cultural levels, is illustrated by the street confrontations over the World Trade Organisation's meetings and by the less volatile, but pervasive 'McDonaldisation' of culture and consumerism.
However, at the same time, examples of resistance and conflict exemplified by events in Chechnya, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, and Palestine remind us of the importance of the local and the specific in understanding regional developments as they articulate with the wider global trends. In our teaching and research, we draw on both sociological and anthropological perspectives.
The programme attempts to analyse critically the processes of the globalisation of poverty and inequality and explores alternative strategies of development by which people can liberate themselves from the structures and ideologies of domination. In the programme we recognise that poverty and inequality are not only about access to resources, but are based on ways of knowing, thinking, and feeling
The Department is offering a range of courses in the field of sociology, focusing on sociological theory (including Weber, Foucault, Habermas and critical sociology, Elias and process sociology), the sociology of contemporary Ireland (including the conflict in Northern Ireland, crime and deviance, women and gender in Ireland, environment and environmental movements), and the sociology of culture and media.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
* SC6608 Social Theory (10 credits)
* SC6614 Methodologies of Social Research (10 credits)
* SC6621 The Sociology of Development and its Alternatives (10 credits)
* SC6623 Globalisation and Culture (10 credits)
plus10 credits from the following:
* SC6604 Sociology of the Mass Media (10 credits)
* SC6624 Experiencing Crisis: Health and Spirituality in Culture and Civilisation (10 credits)
* SC6626 Sociology of the Public Sphere (10 credits)
* SC6627 Social Change and Public Health (10 credits)
* SC6628 From Pragmatics of Communications to Discursive Sociology (10 credits)
* SC6629 The Causes and Consequences of the Celtic Tiger (10 credits)
* SC6631 Sociology of Sustainable Development (10 credits)
* SC6615 Dissertation (40 credits)
Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
* Recognise the multi-dimensional nature of many development and globalisation trends, issues and problems and the core connection to poverty and global inequality;
* Identify, use, evaluate and interpret information from various sources to support analysis of development and globalisation trends, issues and problems;
* Develop and effectively apply sociological theories, methods and approaches in analysing challenges in the areas of development and globalisation;
* Design research projects and programmes to identify key development and globalisation issues and identify solutions;
* Identify and apply appropriate analytical techniques for effective development projects;
* Communicate effectively and confidently on subject-specific topics in the written and oral form;
* Communicate effectively with the academic community and with society at large;
* Work effectively as an individual and in teams in both disciplinary and multi-disciplinary settings.