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BA in Social Sciences and Cultural Innovation

Ireland

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What will I learn?

About the course

The BA in Social Sciences and Cultural Innovation seeks to develop in students the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to thrive in a globalised world defined by exponential technological growth, unprecedented access to real-time information, and unparalleled levels of human mobility and interconnectivity. The programme gives you an in-depth understanding of the many forces that define our individual and collective experiences, and is structured around three core pillars relating to the study of Culture, Media and Politics respectively. These pillars can be understood as follows:

Culture, Migration and Diverse Societies: Explore the meaning of culture as a set of values and behaviours; study personal and social identities, such as gender, nationality and social class; examine the idea of personal agency and the tension that exists between the individual and society; debate the fundamental questions and challenges which all cultures face; consider the drivers and impacts of globalisation, mass migration, and unprecedented intercultural contact; discuss the concept of global citizenship in the modern world; reflect on the relationship and tension between human rights and cultural rights; identify diverse social challenges and develop strategies to promote cultural innovations which can address these in a sustainable way.

Media, Society and the Digital World: Examine the hugely influential role played by media in society; study the (r)evolution of the media industry in the recent past; consider humans’ relationship with the media and technology; understand how power is distributed within the media industry; analyse advertising and other media outputs; discuss how digital content is changing the way societies operate; reflect on the idea of online identity and attitudes towards privacy; explore the challenges and opportunities facing traditional and new media in the 21st century.

Politics, Power and Internationalization: Learn about national and international political systems; examine the political development of diverse regions; analyse the concept of power and how it can be defined, acquired and used; explore nationalism and its role in regional, national and international politics; consider how various innovations are influencing the way in which citizens engage with politics, spread ideologies, and how political institutions interact with the public.

Programme Structure

In Year One, you will study a suite of core modules relating to the three pillars of Culture, Media and Politics, which will lay the foundation for further exploration.

In Year Two, you will develop further knowledge across the three pillars by undertaking a variety of core and elective modules which will encourage a more applied focus.

In Year Three, having had the opportunity to engage with all three pillars of Culture, Media and Politics for two years, you will select one of these in which to specialise, while still studying the other two at a less in-depth level.

Careers

The aim, therefore, is to develop in graduates a combination of vertical and horizontal competencies which will empower them to pursue and carve out their own career path in an ever-changing labour market.

These sectors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Media production
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Online media
  • National and international political institutions
  • Public or State organisations
  • Think-tanks and lobby groups
  • Policy development organisations
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social Enterprises
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Cultural and creative industries

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (US$ 15,566) per year
Student Contribution: €3,043 / Annum

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2023

More details

Start date

9 January 2023

Venue

Dublin City University

Glasnevin Campus,

GLASNEVIN,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students can directly enter Year 1 if you have studied in one of the following: GCSE A levels - you must have 4 A levels or 3 A levels + 1 AS level in different subjects from the same year or preceding year only; International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma; Or have an equivalent qualification. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language: Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D3; GCE A-Level English Language: Grade D; IELTS: Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component; TOEFL: 237 (computer-based), 580 (paper-based test); TOEFL iBT: Total Score of 92; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components; English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP): C1; Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components).

For international students

You can directly enter Year 1 if you have studied in one of the following:

  • GCSE A levels - you must have 4 A levels or 3 A levels + 1 AS level in different subjects from the same year or preceding year only;
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • Or have an equivalent qualification.

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to undergraduate programmes in DCU.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D3
  • GCE A-Level English Language: Grade D
  • IELTS: Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
  • TOEFL: 237 (computer-based), 580 (paper-based test)
  • TOEFL iBT: Total Score of 92
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP): C1
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Dublin City University

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