NUI Galway Launch New Part-time Course in Politics and Society for Secondary School Teachers

May 28 2018 Posted: 10:13 IST

This is the first Higher Diploma in Arts (Politics and Society) delivered in an Irish university

NUI Galway’s Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, in conjunction with the School of Political Science and Sociology and the School of Education, have announced the launch of the Higher Diploma in Arts (Politics and Society) due to begin in September 2018. This is the first time that a Higher Diploma in Arts (Politics and Society) has been offered in Ireland.
This is a two year part-time course which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of second level teachers who wish to teach ‘Politics and Society’ on the Leaving Certificate curriculum.
The course content is tailored to correspond directly with the four strands of learning on the Politics and Society curriculum, therefore providing students with the skills, knowledge, learning and teaching methodologies required to engage with the disciplines of Political Science and Sociology. The course covers a broad range of subject matter within these Disciplines, but focuses specifically on Power, Decision Making, Active Citizenship, Human Rights, Globalisation and Localisation.
Dr Michelle Millar, Head of the School of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway, said: “We are delighted to offer this new dynamic programme to second level teachers and to be the first university in the country offering a third level qualification in this subject.”
The course will be delivered from September 2018 in a blended learning format combining face-to-face seminars with online study throughout each academic year. More information on the programme is available at

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