Increasingly the internet provides an infrastructure for work, socialising, active citizenship and surveillance. It is no longer possible to talk about online and offline life, they are increasingly enmeshed. What are the social, political, economic and cultural implications of this? This new MA encourages students to critically engage with the opportunities and challenges of social life online, and develop an analytical skillset that combines advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods with new digital research methods.
The Department of Sociology at Maynooth has strong expertise and a proven research track record in studies of new media and technology in everyday life, the sociology of work (e.g. software and digital media work), sustainable communities, active citizenship and in data infrastructures and research methods. Staff members are active in national and international research projects, international professional Media and Communication and Sociology associations and are active publishers. We are also committed to public sociology and working to bring sociological perspectives to bear on contemporary social issues.
A Bachelor of Arts in Sociology or cognate discipline with a strong 2.2 result or higher, or international equivalent is required. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.
Department of Sociology
Department of Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI)
Modules include understanding on-line communities and social media, advanced digital research methods and analytical reasoning in the social sciences. This programme is delivered in association with the Departments of Law, Geography and Media Studies.
|ADVANCED DIGITAL RESEARCH METHODS||SO613||10||2||Yes|
|CRITICAL DATA STUDIES||NIR606||10||2||No|
|INFORMATION PRIVACY LAW||LW647||10||1||No|
|INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAW||LW685||10||2||No|
|QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS||SO617||10||2||No|
|SOCIAL SCIENCE ANALYSIS||SO614||10||1||Yes|
|THE POLITICAL ECONOMY AND CULTURES OF THE INTERNET||SO612||10||1||Yes|
|THESIS||SO690||30||1 and 2||Yes|