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Certificate in Equality Studies for Deaf students in partnership with Irish Deaf Society

Commencement date January 2015

Completion date December 2016

The UCD Equality Studies Centre and the Irish Deaf Society are currently running this course in Equality Studies. The Course enables members of the d/Deaf community to come together and deepen their understanding of how society promotes equality/inequality for d/Deaf people in Ireland.


This course was first offered in 2012-2013. Delivered through Irish Sign language to a group of students from the Irish Deaf Community, it was the first ever course of this kind in any higher education institution in Europe.

About the course:

The Certificate, which is open to all members of the d/Deaf community (maximum 30 in any one intake), is a recognised Higher Education Certificate mapped to the National Qualifications Framework at Level 7 and, on successful completion of the certificate, a student could have the opportunity for progression to a degree course in UCD.

Candidates are selected on the basis of a completed application form and should demonstrate an interest in engaging in the study of equality for d/Deaf people.

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate one or several of these requirements:

  • An interest in issues of equality and d/Deaf people
  • An interest in lobbying on behalf of the Deaf community
  • An interest in involving own group/association more fully in issues of equality.


You will only have to undertake assessment if wish to obtain credits towards the Certificate in Equality Studies. The full Certificate is 30 credits at level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework and each module offers 5 credits.
Assessment is by project or essay work or, where appropriate, by presentations.
You will be invited to discuss your preferred method of assessment with your tutors
Class Timetable

The course commenced with an introduction session in November 2014 and run essentially from January 2015 until December 2016. Three modules will be run each year with each module involving up to 20 lecture/seminar hours delivered in a blended learning format consisting of lectures and seminars in UCD over 4 Saturdays as well as distance learning materials. The course will also include study skills support and an action project.

Module time schedules will be organised to meet the needs of the participants and options will be given to the class group prior to course commencement.

Who will teach the Course?

The Course will be taught by staff of UCD Equality Studies Centre and specialist guest lecturers including Dr. John Bosco Conama.
You will receive tutorial support throughout the course
All sessions are signed by qualified and experienced ISL interpreters

What is the content of the Course?

The course will focus on the subject of Equality Studies and its relevance to the equality issues that affect the quality of life of the Irish Deaf community. It will provide an opportunity for deaf people to come together and explore the concept of equality and discuss and analyse issues of inequality that affect them.

Where is the course held?

The course will be delivered in UCD

What is the cost?

The fee per 5 credit module is currently €460 per student i.e. €2,760 for the full Certificate.

Further information is available from:

Dr. Phyllis Murphy, UCD Equality Studies Centre, phyllis.murphy@ucd.ie.

Contact the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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