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BA Single Module

  • Course type Undergraduate
  • Qualification Honours Bachelors Degree
  • Delivery Modes Online Distance Learning
  • Duration Continuous

The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) programme offers you the opportunity to study an array of Humanities subjects at an Honours level, through online learning, without having to commit to a full-time, or part-time, campus-based programme.

You might be interested in up-skilling—for example, you are a post-primary teacher who wishes to obtain Teaching Council registration for History, English or CSPE—or you might simply be seeking to study for personal enjoyment or out of curiousity. The Humanities modules have been designed specifically to appeal to a variety of student needs and interests. 

About the course

Understanding the Course:

The DCU Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option allows student to undertake study at degree level (level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) for personal enjoyment or continual professional development (CPD) without having to commit to study towards an exit award.

Of specific interest to many Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) students is that the History, Literature and Sociology modules are recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for general registration in relation to the (post-primary level) teaching of History, English and CSPE respectively. Post-primary level teachers who wish to up-skill and become registered in one of these subject areas may use the BASM programme in order to accomplish this goal.

This programme offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they register for in a given year to match the other responsibilities in their life. Given that registering for a module means committing to the workload associated with that module this flexibility allows a student to only take on the work they can accommodate in a given year. When deciding how much work to take on students should consider the time needed to: study learning materials; actively participate in tutorials; and the time they need to set aside to interact with tutors and other students in the online discussion forums. Students on this programme also have a good degree of flexibility in terms of time, place and pace of studying as they do not have to attend campus-based classes on a regular basis.

At the beginning of the academic year, you can choose from a suite of modules in English, History, Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology. As a Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) student you will have access to an array of self-study learning materials and resources, along with reading lists for required textbooks. Studying Humanities and Social Science subjects necessarily involves spending a lot of time reading academic material.

Students are supported academically through a variety of means. When studying a module students are supported by a dedicated Tutor. Each module has a blend of face to face and virtual tutorials. Tutorials are activity-based, participatory sessions where Tutors facilitate review and discussion of the material students have been studying. Face to face tutorials are held on DCU campus, usually on Saturdays, while virtual tutorials take place using 'live', online classroom technology. Students can partake in these virtual classroom tutorials at home, work or anywhere with a broadband internet connection. All that is required is a computer with a webcam and headset. These tutorials are recorded so they can be viewed again later, and usually take place on weekday evenings or on Saturdays. Attending the majority of tutorials/workshops is voluntary, with attendance at a small number of tutorials/workshops being mandatory. Students are also supported in online discussion forums. These discussion forums, which can be found within DCU's virtual learning environment Loop, is the key medium through which students communicate with their Tutor and fellow students. Regular participation in these discussion forums is very important. In addition, students have access to a number of support services that are used to find answers to questions and resolve any issues or problems they may be experiencing.

In each module students will be given several opportunities, throughout the academic year, to demonstrate their learning through assessment work. The form that these assessments take depends on the module, but may include essays, case studies, group work, contributions to online forums and discussions, multiple choice questionnaires, learning journals and/or end of year examinations. Students can sit their end-of year examinations in an examination centre in Dublin, Cork or Galway.

About You:

Whether you are interested in up-skilling, for example in order to obtain Teaching Council of Ireland registration for History, English or CSPE, in a Humanities discipline or are seeking to study for personal enjoyment the DCU Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option provides you with the means to achieve your goals.

The Humanities modules have been designed specifically to appeal to a variety of student needs and interests. This study option's strength lies in its flexibility, in terms of time, place and pace. Students can choose from a wide breath of Humanities subject areas. By choosing the Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option you will set yourself on the same path as the hundreds of other people who have used this option to achieve their educational and professional goals.

The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option offers you the attractive opportunity to study, at an Honours degree level, an array of interesting Humanities subjects, through online learning, without having to commit to a full-time, or part-time, campus-based programme.

Course Structure:

As a Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) student you may choose to study from a range of modules in the following five Humanities subject areas:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Each of these subject areas is presented as a suite of six modules, which cover different aspects of that subject, for example Politics and Society in Ireland: 1800-1922 in History or The Renaissance in Literature. The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option allows student to undertake study of these modules for personal enjoyment or continual professional development (CPD) purposes without aiming to exit with an award.

Please note that the programme is under constant review and there may be changes to the structure, content and presentation of the programme in future years.

Each module is awarded 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points.

Module Selection:

The modular structure of the Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option gives students choice and flexibility in choosing which module(s) to undertake. Module choice may be subject to individual module regulations. The number of modules you undertake each year will depend on your individual circumstances. If you wish to undertake more than one module please see the registration rules in relation to module selection. If you are returning to study after a long absence, and/or you are in full-time employment it is recommended that you should not take more than two modules in your first year.

Click here for the Guide to Module Selection, which details the registration rules in relation to module selection.

Programme Subject Areas:

HISTORY
The History subject stream equips students with a wide range of skills and techniques upon which historical research and writings are based. Students will engage in the critical examination of historians' works, and the evaluation of primary sources, and will acquire the conceptual tools with which our view of the past is shaped. The modules provide perspectives on major themes in Irish and European political, economic, social, and cultural history from the close of the Middle Ages to the twentieth century.

Please click here for a description of each module presented on the History stream.

LITERATURE
The Literature subject stream equips students with the skills and techniques to discriminate between literature and other forms of writing and representation, taking account of contemporary perspectives in criticism and theory, including feminism, historicism and post-modernism. Irish, British, American, and other literature in English will be evaluated in terms of their contribution to cultural formation. Students will encounter competing ideas about writing and literature, within different historical and national frameworks.

Please click here for a description of each module presented on the Literature stream.

PHILOSOPHY
The Philosophy subject stream engages a 2500 year tradition of philosophising, extending from 500 BC Greece right up to contemporary philosophers' influences on ethics and politics, culture and media. Students are also taught to reflect personally on the issues and to think critically and independently. Students will encounter the work of major philosophers in seeking to answer such existential questions as 'what is truth?', 'what is happiness and how can we find it?' and 'how should one live?' Additionally, modules will look at more specialised questions such as 'what is the nature of art?', 'how should we organise our politics and society?' and 'what can philosophy tell us about religious belief and unbelief?'

Please click here for a description of each module presented on the Philosophy stream.

PSYCHOLOGY
The Psychology subject stream equips students with a foundation in the key concepts, language, and approach of the discipline and an appreciation of the nature of evidence and theory. Psychology is a progressive and modern field of study examining behaviour and mental process, and as such is concerned with why we do what we do, feel what we feel and think what we think. Psychologists use rigorous scientific methods to further our understanding in a wide range of topics, as Psychology is a broad discipline. Psychological knowledge has many applications in a variety of settings such as industry, education, the law, as well as medical and forensic settings.

Please click here for a description of each module presented on the Psychology stream.

SOCIOLOGY
The Sociology subject stream provides students with the techniques and skills to analyse contemporary Irish and European society, in particular the issues and problems associated with its major social institutions such as family, economy, policy, education and religion, as well as the causes and direction of social change. Students will be encouraged to adopt a critical approach to explanations of contemporary social issues offered by sociologists arguing from different sociological perspectives.

Please click here for a description of each module presented on the Sociology stream.

What modules are running in 2016-2017:

All modules in all Subject Areas are running in the 2016-2017 academic year.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2016 - 2017)

Teaching Council:

Many people enter their studies with the ambition of becoming a teacher. The Teaching Council was established to encourage teaching as a profession at primary and post-primary levels and to promote the professional development of teachers and to regulate standards in the profession.

Specifically, its functions are as follows:

  • To promote teaching as a profession
  • To promote the continuing professional development of teachers
  • To establish and maintain a register of teachers
  • To establish, publish, review and maintain Codes of Professional Conduct for Teachers, which include teaching knowledge, skill and competence
  • To regulate the teaching profession
  • To maintain and improve standards of teaching, knowledge, skill and competence.
  • Individuals are eligible to seek registration as a secondary teacher, provided that:
    • They also hold an acceptable teacher training qualification (e.g. The Higher Diploma in Education) or its equivalent
    • They meet the other additional requirements laid down by the Council

For further information contact:
The Teaching Council,
Block A,
Maynooth Business Campus,
Maynooth,
Co. Kildare

LoCall: 1890 224 224
T: +353 (0) 1651 7900
F: +353 (0) 1651 7901

E: info@teachingcouncil.ie
www.tcil.ie

IT Equipment and Skills required:

You should have regular access to a computer (with Microsoft Office), a broadband Internet connection, a printer and a basic headset and a webcam. Specifically, you will need access to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

You should also be familiar with using email, browsing the Internet, and using word processing packages like Microsoft Word.

You can find detailed information on the IT skills and equipment required for this programme under the section 'Technology Requirements'.

Course Life

Careers

Career Prospects:

The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study allows student to undertake study at university degree level for personal enjoyment or continual professional development (CPD) purposes without having to commit to study towards an exit award.

The studying of Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) modules will develop skills such as critical thinking, high quality written expression, and transferable skills such as organisation and time-management. The knowledge, abilities and skills you will develop are highly valued by employers and will also be useful and valuable to you should you undertake any further study.

Many Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) students have gone on to successfully enter the teaching profession (post-primary level) and existing post-primary level teaching staff have enhanced their teaching prospects by adding another subject to their teaching repertoire.

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements:

Applicants aged over 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry are eligible for admission to the programme and are automatically granted a place subject to submission of an application form and deposit.

Applicants under 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry must satisfy the normal minimum degree entry requirements of Dublin City University which are:

Irish Leaving Certificate: Grade C3 in two Higher Level Subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects including Mathematics AND English or Irish.

In addition, applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must satisfy the university requirements for competency in the English language.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

How to Apply:

Applications are now closed for academic year 2016-2017. You need to first register with PAC in order to make an application.

To apply please go to: www.pac.ie/ugrad and select Bachelor of Arts Single Module (PAC Code: DC342)

PAC will charge undergraduates an application fee of €35.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) students cannot apply for recognition of prior learning (i.e. exemptions) as they are not working towards a particular award.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions we have prepared for all applicants.

You can also email us with any questions to: openeducation@dcu.ie or telephone us directly on 01 700 5481for further assistance.

Important Dates:

Study Period: 19th September 2016 to mid-May 2017.

Closing Date for Applications: Applications normally close in Mid September of each year.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2016 - 2017)