Course Overview

This course was designed to meet the needs of second level teachers who, either wish to teach or are currently teaching ‘Politics and Society’ on the Leaving Certificate curriculum. The course focuses on content which directly corresponds with the four strands of learning identified on the curriculum, thus providing students with the skills, knowledge, learning and teaching methodologies required to engage with the subject. It covers a diverse range of subject matter but specifically focuses on Power and Decision Making, Active Citzenship, Human Rights and Globalisation and Localisation.

The course will be delivered in a blended learning format combining face-to-face workshops with online study over two academic years.

Applications and Selections

Online application to the course will open in late June 2018.

Further information and expressions of interest prior to application can be made to:

Lisa Walshe
Tel: 091 495787
Email: lisa.walshe@nuigalway.ie

Applicants wishing to undertake the course for the purposes of teaching must have completed a level 8 honours degree in order to meet Teaching Council requirements. Other applications must have completed a level 7 or higher qualification.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment will consist a combination of written assignments and online exercises and activities.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants wishing to undertake the course for the purposes of teaching must have completed a level 8 honours degree in order to meet Teaching Council requirements. Other applications must have completed a level 7 or higher qualification.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). 


Additional Requirements

Duration

2-years, part-time

Next start date

September

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

30

Closing Date

Next start date

September

NFQ level

8

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting

60

Award

Higher Diploma in Arts (Politics and Society)

CAO

PAC code

Course Outline

The course covers a diverse range of subject matter but specifically focuses on Power and Decision Making, Active Citzenship, Human Rights and Globalisation and Localisation.

Course Content – Year 1

  • Politics and Sociology: Origins, Concepts and Practice
  • Social Research Skills
  • The Sociology of Identity and Belonging
  • Teaching Methodologies for Politics and Society

Course Content – Year 2

  • Introduction to Human Rights Law: Rights and Responsibilities
  • Understanding Equality and Diversity
  • Social Inclusion, Civic Engagement and the Modern State
  • Development and Change

 

Further Education

Students can proceed to level 9 through the Masters in Political Science and Sociology

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course provides career opportunities for Secondary school teachers who wish to upskill in order to teach Politics and Society on the Leaving Certificate curriculum and for those who wish to pursue further studies in this area for professional development reasons.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€2,035 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€2,535 p.a.


A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following:

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2018_19 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Lisa Walshe 
Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development 
NUI Galway 
Tel: 091 495787
Email: lisa.walshe@nuigalway.ie