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Public Advocacy and Activism (MA/PDip)
MA/Postgraduate Diploma (Public Advocacy and Activism)[full-time, part-time]
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
The development of this innovative masters degree was prompted by the realisation that while there are many Management, Communications and Public Relations courses, none offers a focus on the issues and skills central to the role of those working in organisations which seek to shift attitudes and understandings in order to initiate change.
The Masters Degree in Public Advocacy and Activism offers an advanced programme for those working, or intending to work, in international or local advocacy; including community organization, development, labour, rights, health, and environment.
Contemporary human concerns, advocacy and proposed solutions increasingly transcend national boundaries and, in a globalised society, the role of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) play an ever more essential role. The development of this innovative new masters degree was prompted by the realisation that while there are many Management, Communications, and Public Relations courses, none offers a focus on the issues and skills central to the role of those working in organisations which seek to shift attitudes and understandings in order to initiate change.
NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent H2.2. GPA 3.0 or international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a level 7 degree (Merit 2) may be admitted to the PDip course with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work during the year.
1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time
Next start date: September 2015
ECTS weighting: MA—90, PgDip—60
Average intake: 15
Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates
The interdisciplinary programme offers an opportunity for experienced advocates for social change to undertake structured studies to facilitate critical reflection, and for those interested in working in the area to achieve a specialist qualification. The course includes an overview of the global context in which advocacy takes place and encourages discussion of issues such as cross-cultural communication and social justice; relevant professional skills and media training are central to the programme.
The full-time course is taken over a twelve-month period (September to August). The year is divided into two teaching semesters (September to December and January to April). During the summer period students will undertake a work placement.
The part-time course is taken over a 2 year period. Each year is divided into two teaching semesters (September to December and January to April). During semester 2 of the 2nd year, students will undertakej a work placement.
The wide-ranging course will include an overview of the global context in which advocacy takes place and encourage discussion of issues such as cross-cultural communication and social justice; relevant professional skills and media training will be central to the programme.
Students on this course will also work with teams from the MA in Production and Direction to realise short film projects.
The programme is assessed by a combination of presentations, essays, and project work.
This programme is offered in conjunction with the J.E. Cairnes Graduate School of Business and Public Policy in association with the Social Sciences Research Centre and the Irish Centre for Human Rights.
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Who teaches this course?
- Su-Ming Khoo BA, PhD
- Terry McDonough BA, PhD
- Alexis Bushnell BA, LLM
- Eugene Hickland BA, LLM
- Emlyn Nardone MA
- Rod Stoneman BA, HDip
- Shannonbrook Murphy BA, LLM
- Edel Robinson BComm, DMP
Requirements and assessment
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Dr Conn Holohan | Dr Fiona Bateman
T: +353 91 495 686 | +353 91 495 918
Lyndia Peters - 2012
"One of the best parts of the MA in Public Advocacy and Activism was the way it fit into my academic, career and personal goals. I aim to be a vital part of my community, to contribute to its health and success and to empower others to do the same - I know this course was an important step on that journey."
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Campaigns Officer, Amnesty Ireland
"No one could call The Masters Programme in Public Advocacy and Activism boring. The whole year was challenging, thought provoking and varied. The subjects ranged from film to economics without ever losing sight of the main goal; It was aimed at informing and educating those who work for positive social change. Its focus was on both the socio political environment in which we must operate and the tools or techniques by which change can be achieved. One of the most challenging aspects of the course was that it forced us all to question our own motivation for seeking social change. I would highly recommend this Masters as an eye opening stimulus to an awareness which will benefit the student in practically any field of work or further study."