Institution: NUI Galway

Module title: Professional Development - Publishing Research and Preparing for the Academic Job Market

Code: GS510

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor / Coordinator: Dr. Paul O'Connor

Contact: paul.oconnor@nuigalway.ie

Short description

This course is open to all PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, both internal and external to NUI Galway.

Do you know the answer to the following questions?

  • How does a PhD viva work, and how can I prepare for it?
  • What is an impact factor?
  • What do journal reviewers look for in a manuscript?
  • What do I do with a rejected manuscript?
  • What is the difference between a tenure track and non-tenure track position?
  • Why do British academics lie awake worrying about the REF (formally RAE)?
  • How do you write an academic CV?

If you do not know the answers then you are not adequately prepared to look for an academic job. Once you finish your PhD you will be competing for employment in a highly competitive international market. The goal of this course is to give you the knowledge of what you need to do to be competitive for academic and non-academic positions on completion of your PhD, and provide information on what you need to be doing before you finish your PhD to improve your employment prospects.

Dates of delivery: 4-6 December 2013

Contact: Gwen Ryan (gwen.ryan@nuigalway.ie)


Institutions: NUI Maynooth

SPATIAL DATA & GIS

Code: GY811

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor / Coordinator: Dr. Ronan Foley

Contact: Ronan.Foley@nuim.ie or issplatform@nuim.ie

Short description

This GREP Module is aimed at providing interested postgraduates and other staff with an introduction to Spatial Data and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) more widely. It will be of interest to students who are likely to need to incorporate a range of spatial data (from publicly available and privately generated sources) into their theses. In addition, the module will be of interest to those students who wish to use GIS software to visualise and analyse self-generated data. It is aimed at a beginner level though students who have some GIS knowledge but feel they need a refresher may find it useful. The kinds of skills learned on this module will also assist attendees in a range of applied areas including; needs assessment, profiling, geo-demographics, policy support and social and environmental modelling.

Further details are available here.

Enrollment

This module is open to all PhD students from NUI Maynooth as well as from any partner institution across the Irish Social Science Platform (ISSP) and the Dublin Regional Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA).


Institutions: Trinity College Dublin & NUI Galway

Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research

Short description

Applicantions are invited for the next intake of the Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research for September 2013. The programme, which combines thesis and taught modules, can be taken on a full-time basis over four years or on a part-time basis over six years.

Closing Date for receipt of completed applications: Tuesday, 30th April 2013

For further information on the programme and how to apply please visit our website at: www.childandyouthresearch.ie or contact us directly:

TCD: Dr. Lorraine Swords: swordsl@tcd.ie
NUI Galway: Ms Nuala Donohue: nuala.donohue@nuigalway.ie


Institution: NUI Galway

Module title: Professional Development - Publishing Research and Preparing for the Academic Job Market

Code: tbc

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor / Coordinator: Dr. Paul O'Connor

Contact: paul.oconnor@nuigalway.ie

Short description

This course is open to all PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, both internal and external to NUI Galway.

Do you know the answer to the following questions?

  • How does a PhD viva work, and how can I prepare for it?
  • What is an impact factor?
  • What do journal reviewers look for in a manuscript?
  • What do I do with a rejected manuscript?
  • What is the difference between a tenure track and non-tenure track position?
  • Why do British academics lie awake worrying about the REF (formally RAE)?
  • How do you write an academic CV?

If you do not know the answers then you are not adequately prepared to look for an academic job. Once you finish your PhD you will be competing for employment in a highly competitive international market. The goal of this course is to give you the knowledge of what you need to do to be competitive for academic and non-academic positions on completion of your PhD, and provide information on what you need to be doing before you finish your PhD to improve your employment prospects.

Dates of delivery: 10th-12th, October 2012

Contact: Melissa O'Hea (melissa.ohea@nuigalway.ie)


Institution: NUI Galway

Module title: Innovation and Public Policy

Code: tbc

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Amaya Vega and Dr. Pat Collins

Contact: Amaya.Vega@nuigalway.ie

Short description

This module invites you to engage with current debates and contemporary issues in the multifaceted field of innovation and public policy. The module aims to give students the opportunity to:
Gain insight into and actively participate in discussions on innovation and public policy from a range of different perspectives
Develop critical and conceptual thinking skills
Advance high-level academic communication skills

Dates of delivery: 3rd-4th, 25th May 2012

Contact: Valerie Parker (valerie.parker@nuigalway.ie) or click here for further information.


Institution: NUI Galway

Module title: Communicating Research to Non-Specialists

Code: tbc

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr Brian Hughes

Contact: Brian.Hughes@nuigalway.ie

Short description

Despite the fact that the whole of society are stakeholders in academic research, most researchers are poorly skilled at communicating their findings to audiences outside their own discipline. This can impede the dissemination of research knowledge, the development of applications or interventions based on research, the education of students and the public at large, and the career progression of individual researchers. On the other hand, the successful communication of research to broad audiences helps enhance public empirical literacy and the appreciation of knowledge, which in turn contributes positively to the social, political, and economic wellbeing of the population.

The module aims to give students the opportunity to examine the consequences of population-level scientific and research literacy, to appreciate the principles of communication as they pertain to empirical research findings, to acquire skills in communicating research to non-specialists, and to evaluate how their own research might best be communicated. The module will involve practical skills training in both oral and written presentation of research.

The module is oriented to researchers in social sciences areas, but is of relevance to all empirical disciplines, including physical and life sciences. The module is organised by the Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress in conjunction with the other member-centres of the Irish Social Sciences Platform at NUI Galway.

Dates of delivery: 25th-27th April 2012

Contact Melissa O'Hea (melissa.ohea@nuigalway.ie) or click here for further information.


Institution: NUI Galway

Module title: Evaluation for Public Policy

Code: tbc

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr Brian Hughes

Contact: Brian.Hughes@nuigalway.ie

Short description

The module aims to give students the opportunity to acquire knowledge relevant to becoming sophisticated participants in, consumers of, and commentators on, public policy debates as they relate to social science areas. Adopting a social science perspective, it is assumed that optimal public policy will be evidence-based. As such, the module will examine the nature, production, and evaluation of evidence in this context. Consideration is given to the issues surrounding quantitative and qualitative evidence and the practice of evaluation. The module will also address evaluative case-studies of evidence-based public policy. The module aims to highlight the pertinence of social sciences to public policy development, the contribution of social sciences to the discussion of public policy, and the importance of academic rigour in maximising the role of social sciences in public policy arenas.

Dates of delivery: 18th-20th April 2012

Contact Melissa O'Hea (melissa.ohea@nuigalway.ie) or click here for further information.


Institution: NUI Maynooth

Module's title: Spatial Data and GIS

Code: NIR808

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Ronan Foley and Justin Gleeson

Contact(s): Ronan.Foley@nuim.ie / Justin.Gleeson@nuim.ie

Short description

This module aims at providing doctoral students with an introduction to spatial data and geographical information systems (GIS) more widely. The module targets students who are likely to need to incorporate a range of spatial data (from publicly available and privately generated sources) into their theses. The kinds of skills learned on this module will also assist participants in a range of applied areas including: needs assessment, profiling, geo-demographics, policy support and social and environmental modelling. The module is delivered through 2x2-day sessions of lectures, workshops and practicals.

Dates of delivery: 30 Sept & 1 Oct 2010 - 10am-5pm 7 & 8 Oct 2010 - 10am -5pm


Institution: NUI Maynooth

Module's title: Understanding the Crisis

Code: NIR809

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Prof. Rob Kitchin, Prof. Sean Ó Riain, Dr. Delphine Ancien (NUIM)/Prof. Chris Whelan, Prof. Robert van Krieken (UCD)

Contact(s): Rob.Kitchin@nuim.ie or Delphine.Ancien@nuim.ie

Short description

This module aims at introducing students to the core debates and approaches to understanding the present crisis in Ireland, drawing from across the social sciences and a comparative analysis. It will provide a broad theoretical overview for thinking critically about crisis and the Irish case in particular, and for considering how to understand/explain a large, complex, multifaceted, and always emerging set of social and economic relations. The module is delivered through 4x1-day sessions consisting of workshops and facilitated debated with invited speakers from Ireland and abroad.

Dates of delivery: Early and late Feb 2011 (exact dates TBA)


Institution: NUI Galway

Module's title: Professional Development: Publishing Research and Preparing for the Jobs Market

Code: GS510

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Paul O'Connor

Contact(s): paul.oconnor@nuigalway.ie

Short description

The purpose of this module is to prepare PhD students to be successful in publishing in international journals and, ultimately, to obtain a job on graduation. The goal is for the students to have a clear understand of the viva process, how to turn their PhD thesis into journal publications by identifying suitable journals, and understanding what reviewers and editors are looking for in manuscripts.

They will also gain insights into what they should be doing, over and above their PhD thesis, to allow them to be competitive in the job market. The students will hear from internationally experienced post docs, researchers, lectures, and professors from across the social science disciplines. These contributors will provide a practical approach to allow the students to learn from their successes (and failures).

Dates of delivery: 9th November 2011. Contact Melissa O'Hea (melissa.ohea@nuigalway.ie) for further information.


Institution: NUI Galway

Module's title: The Philosophy and Theory of Marketing

Code: SPAxxx

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Christine Domegan

Contact(s): christine.domegan@nuigalway.ie

Short description

This seminar is intended to develop rigorous, conceptual and analytical skills of investigation and decision making in the student, coupled with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual foundations of Marketing. The course is to allow students to explore, evaluate, criticise and contribute to the field of marketing. Students are required to prepare themselves in advance for each session, so that they will be able to critically discuss and evaluate articles and other readings. It is suggested that for each article read, the objectives, theme, message, relevance and contribution be identified and determined.

Dates of delivery: 2011 - 2012. Exact dates TBA. Contact Melissa O'Hea (melissa.ohea@nuigalway.ie) for further information.


Institution: NUI Galway

Module's title: Communicating Research to Non Specialists

Code: SPA480

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Brian Hughes

Contact(s): brian.hughes@nuigalway.ie

Short description

The module aims to give students the opportunity to examine the consequences of population-level scientific and research literacy, to appreciate the principles of communication as they pertain to empirical research findings, to acquire skills in communicating research to non-specialists, and to evaluate how their own research might best be communicated. The module will involve practical skills training in both oral and written presentation of research.

The module is oriented to researchers in social sciences areas, but is of relevance to all empirical disciplines, including physical and life sciences. The module is organised by the Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress in conjunction with the other member-centres of the Irish Social Sciences Platform at NUI Galway.

Dates of delivery: 2011 - 2012. Exact dates TBA. Contact Melissa O'Hea (melissa.ohea@nuigalway.ie) for further information.


Institution: NUI Galway

Module's title: Evaluation of Public Policy

Code: SPA471

ECTS: 5

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Brian Hughes

Contact(s): brian.hughes@nuigalway.ie

Short description

The module aims to give students the opportunity to acquire knowledge relevant to becoming sophisticated participants in, consumers of, and commentators on, public policy debates as they relate to social science areas. Adopting a social science perspective, it is assumed that optimal public policy will be evidence-based. As such, the module will examine the nature, production, and evaluation of evidence in this context. Consideration is given to the issues surrounding quantitative and qualitative evidence and the practice of evaluation. The module will also address evaluative case-studies of evidence-based public policy. The module aims to highlight the pertinence of social sciences to public policy development, the contribution of social sciences to the discussion of public policy, and the importance of academic rigour in maximising the role of social sciences in public policy arenas.

Dates of delivery: 2011 - 2012. Exact dates TBA. Contact Melissa O'Hea (melissa.ohea@nuigalway.ie) for further information.


Institution: University College Cork

Module's title: Methods and Policy

Code: GV7103

ECTS: 10

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr.Seamus O'Tuama & Dept. of Government Staff

Contact(s): sotuama@ucc.ie

Short description

This module aims to introduce students to core competencies in public policy analysis and programme evaluation. It explores meanings of analysis, research and evaluation; historical and political considerations surrounding analysis and evaluation; the stakeholder concept, the contrast between practical and scientific approaches; the role of theory in guiding analysis and evaluation.

Dates of delivery: 6-10 Dec, 10am-4pm


Institution: University College Cork

Module's title: Workshop on Paradigms and Thesis Definition

Code: SC7106

ECTS: 10

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Kieran Keohane & Dept. of Sociology Staff

Contact(s): k.keohane@ucc.ie

Short description

This module aims to develop students' understanding of the relationship of their research to the main paradigms social science theory. This will help to overcome the tendency to narrowness that limits the intellectual ambition and contribution of many social science PhDs, and which limits the ability of graduates to develop postdoctoral research agendas or to take on research projects in other research environments.

Dates of delivery: 14-18 February 10am-4pm


Institution: University College Cork

Module's title: Research Methods and Methodology I

Code: SC7103

ECTS: 10

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Cathal O'Connel & Dept. of Applied Social Studies Staff

Contact(s): c.oconnell@ucc.ie

Short description

The objective of this module is to provide students with the analytical skills to critically interrogate the core constituents of social policy and develop capacities to engage with the discipline in terms of its historical, and contemporary articulations. The module will take the form of intensive inputs focusing on such topics as social policy concepts, the evolution of the welfare state, a critique of citizenship, the mixed economy of welfare, civil society and the third sector, the impact of neo-liberalism and the impact of welfare retrenchment. Substantive topics explored will be poverty and social exclusion, social security and income maintenance and the role of sectoral welfare in such areas as health, housing, and education.

Dates of delivery: 4-8 April 10am-4pm


Institution: University College Cork

Module's title: Globalisation and Culture

Code: SC7623

ECTS: 10

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Niamh Hourigan Studies Staff

Contact(s): n.hourigan@ucc.ie

Short description

Theoretical perspectives within Sociology and Cultural Studies are utilized to explore how cultural changes linked to globalisation have impacted on the relationship between transnational institutions, states, regions, ethnic groups and local communities. A second focus of the course is to examine the role of communication technologies and the mass media in creating new forms of hybridity in a global cultural context.

Dates of delivery: Fri Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10, 10am-5pm


Institution: University College Cork

Module's title: Civilisation and Globalisation: The Rise and Dynamics of the Modern World in the Context of Civilisational Analysis

Code: SC7624

ECTS: 10

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Prof. Arpad Szakolczai

Contact(s): a.szakolczai@ucc.ie

Short description

The course provides a guide for understanding the processes that gave rise to the modern global world and still define its dynamics today. It will reconstruct the internal logic of the long-term historical developments of which the modern world is the outcome, situating these processes on the broadest possible horizon in space and time. Emphasis will be placed on the rise and fall of civilisations, focusing on 'dark ages' and 'renascences', the comparative analysis of Western and non-Western civilisations, and the comparative anthropology and mythology of cultures.

Dates of delivery: Mon Oct 25, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 06, 9am-4pm


Institution: University College Cork

Module's title: Sociology of the Public Sphere

Code: SC7626

ECTS: 10

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Patrick O'Mahony

Contact(s): p.omahony@ucc.ie

Short description

The course will introduce students to the sociology of the public sphere. The course will familiarize students with the early pivotal contributions of Jurgen Habermas, the ongoing critique of this work, especially that inspired by Negt and Kluge's contribution in the 70s in, amongst others, a feminist direction, Habermas's own later contributions and some comparatively recent work such as that of Emirbayer and Sheller, Mayhew and Hauser. It will also address methodological issues of the analysis of public discourse.

Dates of delivery: 2011 Dates TBC


Institution: University College Cork

Module's title: Summer School in Theory and Philosophy for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Code: PG7011

ECTS: 10

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): School of Sociology and Philosophy staff in collaboration with colleagues internationally. See www.tapss.ie

Contact(s): admin@tapss.ie

Short description

The Summer School reflects classical and contemporary scholarship in theoretical paradigms, interpretive frameworks, methodologies and epistemologies that underpin areas of substantive disciplinary specialization in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, integrating and consolidating the intellectual core of doctoral students' theses.

Dates of delivery: First week of May 2011


Institution: University College Cork

Module's title: IPA Summer School in International Political Anthropology and Social Sciences

Code: PG 7013

ECTS: 10

Lead instructor(s)/ Coordinator(s): School of Sociology and Philosophy staff in collaboration with colleagues internationally. See http://www.ipa3.org/

Contact(s): http://www.ipa3.org/

Short description

The Summer School reflects classical and contemporary scholarship in International Political Anthropology.

Dates of delivery: 2011 Dates TBC


Institution: University of Limerick

Module's title: Qualitative Social Research Methods for PhD Researchers

Code: SO7012

ECTS: 12

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Brendan Halpin, Dr. Frank Häge, Dr. Carmel Hannan

Contact(s): brendan.halpin@ul.ie / frank.haege@ul.ie / carmel.hannan@ul.ie

Short description

This module is part of the Methods Winter School tun by the University of Limerick. The quantitative stream is pitched at students who already have some training in quantitative methods, but wish to learn techniques that will be relevant in real research. It covers multiple regression analysis, as a really important foundational method, and looks at categorical data analysis -- very important in the social sciences -- including binary, multinomial and ordinal logistic regression, inter alia. A substantial part of the course is devoted to secondary analysis of existing large-scale data sources. Students are expected to have a basic level of competence, to understand statistical inference, the concepts of significance and hypothesis testing, and to have a working knowledge of at least bivariate regression analysis. The first Monday will consist of an intensive refresher course covering these ideas, but are not suitable for learning from scratch. For more information: http://www.ul.ie/sociology/winter/quant.html

Dates of delivery: 10-21 January 2011


Institution: University of Limerick

Module's title: Culture and the Market

Code: CU6021

ECTS: 9

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Helen Kelly-Holmes, Dr. Mairead Moriarty, Dr. Anthony Cawley

Contact(s): helen.kelly.holmes@ul.ie

Short description

This module aims at providing doctoral students with the analytical tools necessary to investigate dominant market discourses and to understand them as cultural products and sources of culture.

Students will explore the relationship between culture and the market economy, in order to gain an understanding of the reciprocal relationship between these two notions, i.e. how culture impacts on the market and how the market is a product of culture. The module is delivered on a ‘Guided Reading and Study' basis, using the following format: Individual one-to-one consultation sessions with the module coordinator during the semester (4 in total); Provision of material and guidance though use of the module website on the UL virtual learning environment (SULIS); Interim consultations and communications will take place using Skype and email.

Dates of delivery: Spring Semester (i.e. January-April 2011)


Institution: Univeristy of Limerick

Module's title: Materials Development for Language Teaching

Code: LI6011

ECTS: 9

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Freda Mishan

Contact(s): freda.mishan@ul.ie

Short description

This module aims to foster the development of a critical awareness of research, theories and methodologies relevant to the design of language learning materials. It aims to develop skills in the modification and application of these theories and models in order to achieve principled development of language learning materials. The module is delivered on a ‘Guided Reading and Study' basis, using the following format: Individual one-to-one consultation sessions with the module coordinator during the semester (4 in total); Provision of material and guidance though use of the module website on the UL virtual learning environment (SULIS); Interim consultations and communications will take place using Skype and email.

Dates of delivery: Spring Semester (i.e. January-April 2011)


Institution: University of Limerick

Module's title: Introduction to Linguistics

Code: LI6012 3

ECTS: 9

Lead instructor(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Mairead Moriarty

Contact(s): mairead.moriarty@ul.ie

Short description

This module aims to provide doctoral students with an up-to-date introduction to the study of linguistics, particularly to the subflied of the discipline that investigates and describes the process of first and second language acquisition. The nature of the relationship between language and society will also be examined, with reference to the multilingualism and language variation. The module is delivered on a ‘Guided Reading and Study' basis, using the following format: Individual one-to-one consultation sessions with the module coordinator during the semester (4 in total); Provision of material and guidance though use of the module website on the UL virtual learning environment (SULIS); Interim consultations and communications will take place using Skype and email.

Dates of delivery: Autumn Semester (i.e. September-December) 2010


 
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