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This course seeks to explore inequality in society and the legal strategies deployed to combat it.

Summary

This course introduces participants to core principles of equality law, with a focus upon the law of Northern Ireland but in the context of British, European, comparative constitutional and international law. It examines a spectrum of non-discrimination and equality law concepts and their enforcement over the key grounds and considers the future development of equality law.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development.

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This course explores a number of key themes/topics set out below, with individual lectures exploring the sub-themes. Some of these sub-themes may be subject to change as the research interests of staff alter, but the major themes/topics will remain constant.

Introduction to Equality Law: Sex Equality

Taking the theme of sex equality, this session introduces participants to equality law. Through the lens of gender equality law, it explores how anti-discrimination law seeks to address disadvantage and inequality. The day is divided into four parts. The introduction part of the session considers the theoretical concepts of equality and the legal concepts underpinning equality and anti-discrimination law. The second part of the session uses a small selection of judgments of the European Court of Justice in the area of sex equality law to illustrate anumber of issues relating to the application of equality law. The third session explores the anti-discrimination/equality principle in international human rights law drawing on the approach of the UN CEDAW Committee in interpreting the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The last part of the day raises questions about the effectiveness of anti-discrimination/equality laws and how equality law should developinto the future. The day concludes, therefore, by highlighting the issues to be explored in the remaining two teaching days including the potential of substantive models of equality to address inequality and disadvantage; the effectiveness of enforcement regimes for remedying unlawful discrimination and tackling inequality and the future development of equality law in Northern Ireland.

Constitutionalising Equality

This session will examine the constitutionalisation of equality via a Bill of Rights as a means to promote equality and guard against inequality. Drawing upon the South African and Canadian experience, this session will revisit the legal concepts that have been discussed with a view to identifying the legal formulation adopted by South Africa and Canada in their Bills of Rights. This session will also examine whether constitutionalising equality has been an effective tool in promoting equality through anexamination of the Canadian and South African jurisprudence. This session will also look atthe current debate surrounding the proposed constitutionalisation of equality through a Bill of Rights in Northern Ireland.

The Future for Equality Law

This session will revisit the basic equality concepts and anti-discrimination law sources that have been discussed on Day One. It will examine the development of Northern Ireland equality law with specific focus on the statutory equality duties to promote equality of opportunity and good relations. To that end, the session will concentrate on sections 75 and 76 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. The seminar will also evaluate proposals for a Single Equality Bill for Northern Ireland and the Equality Act for Great Britain and its implications for Northern Ireland.

Linked programmes

LLM Employment Law and Practice, LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights, LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice, PgCertPD Professional Development

Assessment

100% Coursework - One written essay (3000 - 4000 words) designed to assess the participant's ability to research particular areas of equality law, synthesise that research, properly cite a range of materials, apply sustained reasoned criticism and analysis, and present their work in a carefully structured and clearly-written format. Participants will select a topic from a list provided at the start of the course.

Attendance

This course requires attendance on three individual dates from 9.15am - 4pm on:

7 February 2020
21 February 2020
6 March 2020

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Entry requirements

Degree in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 7 February 2020
How to apply

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Apply

How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses(choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 7 February 2020

Fees and funding

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Prices

Northern Ireland & EU:
£491.70
England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:
£491.70

International:
£1,171.65

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

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