MA in Social Justice and Public Policy

Waterford Institute of Technology

The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy is a two year part-time programme which gives students a unique opportunity to develop a theoretical framework and the deep capacity for analysis, understanding, knowledge, skills and practices needed to engage meaningfully in social change towards a more just and inclusive society focusing particularly on influencing public policy.
Social Justice Ireland is a key partner in this programme.

Programme Outline

The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy will:

  • give students the skills to analyse and challenge the existing policy narrative and propose realistic alternatives;
  • ensure that students understand the theoretical framework which underpins different policies;
  • produce graduates with the necessary skills and experience to exercise an effective role in influencing public policy for social justice, offering a critical social analysis of the current situation, researching and developing evidence based options, negotiating effectively and advocating for change.

In taking on this programme students will be able to:

  • learn from expert academics and practitioners in social justice and public policy using case studies from Irish and International contexts;
  • study and network with others from a wide range of experiences and disciplines;
  • pursue their relevant interests via self-directed learning, assignments and a dissertation.

This MA is particularly suitable for students seeking to promote a fairer society, including people from business, community, voluntary, social inclusion, environmental organisations, trade unions, public service, and religious sectors. Many applicants will be working in a voluntary or paid capacity with an organisation, group or office involved with social justice or addressing issues affected by public policy.

Programme Structure

Semester 1
Social Analysis and Social Change 1
Human Rights and Theories of Social Justice
Social Justice and the Prophetic Tradition

Semester 2
Social Analysis and Social Change 2
Communication Skills
Reflective Practice and Social Justice
Strategic Planning & Social Justice

Semester 3
Economics and Social Policy 1
Advocacy, Community Organising and Networking for Social Justice
Research Methods

Semester 4
Economics and Social Policy 2
Communications and Public Policy
Research Project

Programme Delivery

The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy is delivered part-time over two years normally over seventeen evening and all-day sessions and two block weeks over two years in a convenient Dublin city centre location.

Fees

For information on fees please visit our website at www.wit.ie/pgfees

Applications

Applications for this programme are made online by going to www.pac.ie (Code wd595)

Contacts

Academic queries contact
Dr. Paul Clogher
E: pclogher@wit.ie

Dr. Sean Healy,
Social Justice Ireland
E: Sean.Healy@socialjustice.ie

Admissions queries contact
Graduate Admissions
Office of the Registrar
Waterford Institute of Technology
T: +353 (0)51 302670
E: pgadmissions@wit.ie

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
17th Apr, 2020
Region
Dublin
Expiry Date
17th Jun, 2020