Law & the Administration of Justice

The Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality is a one-year, part-time programme. It has been developed in conjunction with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. It seeks to give public servants and others a better understanding of the place that human rights and equality occupy in public management and administration. The responsibility to devise policy, deliver services, and follow processes that protect human rights and further equality has become explicit since the introduction, via legislation, of the public sector duty in this area. This programme provides instruction in the most relevant laws and in their implications for the civil and wider public service. 

Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

For the academic year 2021-2022, the programme is delivered through a blended learning model. Students will attend scheduled webinars, access a range of online resources, and study module textbooks. For multi-year programmes, any seminar arrangements will be made in line with public health restrictions. Further details will be provided on registration.

Via the IPA’s online learning portal, students will access comprehensive course material (including bespoke manuals), video lectures that can be viewed on any device, and regular live webinars where lecturers will engage with student questions and enable discussion. Students will also receive hardcopy textbooks for all modules and access to the resources of the IPA Library. They will be able to virtually meet their fellow classmates on forums and exchange experiences and views.

Accessing and using the online content will be a straightforward affair; students will not anything beyond standard ICT skills. The IPA will provide comprehensive guidance and support.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language. 

OR

Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications. 

Duration

One academic year

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 8 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

October 2021

Application Deadline

September 2021

Fees

The cost of the programme is €2,190 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in two instalments. 

Note: Fees may increase slightly from year to year. Where this occurs, students will be charged the increased fee.

Progression

Students who successfully complete this programme can enter the second year of the BA (Hons) on a completing a bridging programme. 

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The Programme

The Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality is a one-year, part-time programme. It has been developed in conjunction with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. It seeks to give public servants and others a better understanding of the place that human rights and equality occupy in public management and administration. The responsibility to devise policy, deliver services, and follow processes that protect human rights and further equality has become explicit since the introduction, via legislation, of the public sector duty in this area. This programme provides instruction in the most relevant laws and in their implications for the civil and wider public service. 

Is This Programme for you?

Yes, if you know you would benefit from a comprehensive education in how human rights and equality influence contemporary public policy and service delivery. Students will come from all parts of the wider public service and beyond and will work at various grades. They will all be keen to understand how the laws and policies around human rights and equality have become intrinsic to the day-to-day delivery of services and to obtain an informed perspective on the challenges that human rights and equality developments have for the workplace. No prior knowledge of the law in this area is required. 

Subjects
Philosophical and Political Perspectives on Human Rights and Equality

This module introduces students to the historical and conceptual foundations of contemporary human rights and equality law. Students will learn about the major historical developments in this area, the key theories that have been advanced in support of the universality of human rights and equality, and the current debates about the application of these theories in national and international contexts.

The International and European Frameworks for Human Rights

Students will be introduced to the United Nations human rights system, the Council of Europe human rights mechanisms (including the European Convention on Human Rights), and the European Union human rights and equality framework. The module is essentially concerned with the international legal framework within which Irish laws and policies sit.

Human Rights and Equality in the Irish Legal System

The main aim of this module is to introduce students to the protections around human rights and equality provided by the Constitution of Ireland and to the very considerable body of legislation and case law that has developed in Ireland, particularly in recent years.

Human Rights and Equality in Public Management

This module will give students the knowledge, resources, and skills they need to apply what they have learned about human rights and equality to their working lives and to their organisations. It will use case studies from different sectors to provide guidance on the human rights and equality issues that regularly arise in the working lives of public servants and those charged with managing and delivering public services of all sorts. This module includes coverage of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty. .

Assessment

Assessment involves assignments given over the course of the year and final examinations. 

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Prospectus

Programme Delivery and Application Form

For the academic year 2021-2022, programmes will generally be delivered through a blended learning model. Students will access a range of online resources, study textbooks, and attend interactive webinars in all modules.  For multi-year programmes, any seminar arrangements will be made in line with public health restrictions. Further details will be provided on registration.

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