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MA Sociology (Internet & Society)

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Qualification : MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHY56

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Closing Date : 30th June 2018

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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. 

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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.

Sociology - Delma Byrne - Maynooth University

Academic

Department of Sociology


Department of Education

Jane Gray

Academic

Department of Sociology


Department of Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI)


Department of IQDA

Sociology - Paul Ryan - Maynooth University

Academic

Department of Sociology

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.
 

 
Module Code Credits Semester Compulsory
ADVANCED DIGITAL RESEARCH METHODS SO613 10 2 Yes
CRITICAL DATA STUDIES NIR606 10 2 No
IDENTITY TECHNOLOGIES MD627 10 2 No
INFORMATION PRIVACY LAW LW647 10 1 No
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAW LW685 10 2 No
POLITICAL ECONOMY SO602A 10 2 No
QUALITATIVE METHODS SO620A 10 1 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
 
Course Duration: 1 year full-time

The MA aims to prepare students not only to work in academic and non academic research
positions, but also in emergent roles which require knowledge of social media and online
community management. It might also be of interest to students from other disciplinary backgrounds who seek to explore and understand social life online. 
 
Ireland is the European headquarters for many multinational digital media companies, and with the development of big data and data warehousing we also see the emergence of a range of data ‘savvy’ roles (Expert Group on Future Skills and Forfás, 2014). Some of these roles are suitable for social science graduates.
 
Graduates of this course will be able to interface with programmers and designers and with those working on the deep statistical analysis of user data. There is a demand for digitally literate graduates who understand the social, cultural, political, legal and business aspects of transnational online users and communities.

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