Learning, Society, & Religious Education
The Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education (LSRE) represents a range of diverse and complementary disciplines within the field of education. In line with Catholic tradition and mission statement of Mary Immaculate College, the department is committed to enhancing the role of education in helping individuals to reach their potential and in creating a just and compassionate society.
The department seeks to foster the personal and spiritual development of its students and to encourage them to be active citizens.
To that end, we value and promote constructive and critical inquiry and seek to promote this inquiry through our teaching and research. We welcome any inquiries about the work of the department and particularly welcome any interest in our research agenda or in engaging in postgraduate research within the department.
Department Mission Statement
The Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education (LSRE) represents a range of diverse and complementary disciplines within the field of education. The exploration of key issues in education concerning human flourishing is of primary significance. Central to our work are the questions of how religious beliefs and traditions, spiritualities, equality, active citizenship, social justice, relationships in education, pedagogies, the governance of education, the history and status of childhood, children’s rights, wellbeing, gender issues, amongst others, all contribute to learning how we can share our planet and live well together. We nurture interdisciplinary, interinstitutional and international relationships in teaching, learning, research and service to the community in a spirit of creativity, enjoyment, collegiality and academic freedom.
See below for a list of modules in the Bachelor of Education and Professional Master's in Education (PME) programme:
|EDU156: Ethics, Religions, and Beliefs|
|EDU216: Social Studies A: Teaching History, Geography and Global Education in Primary Schools|
|EDU268: Social Studies B: Teaching History, Geography and Global Education in Primary Schools|
|EDU255: Christian Religious Education 2|
|EDU351: Schools and Society 1: Philosophical, Sociological, and Historical Perspectives|
|EDU258: Schools and Society 2: Philosophical, Sociological, and Historical Perspectives|
|EDU351: Schools and Society 3: Philosophical, Sociological, and Historical Perspectives|
|EDU451: Schools and Society 4: Philosophical, Sociological, and Historical Perspectives on Education|
|EDE366: DEIS 1: Teaching in a DEIS School|
|EDE361: DEIS 2: Working with Families|
|CRE300: DEIS 3: Evidence-Based and Innovative Programmes in DEIS Contexts|
|EDU450: The Spirituality of the Teacher and the child|
|EDU451: SPHE in a Combination of Contexts|
|EDE370: Geo-Literacy: A Strategy for Teaching Primary Geography|
|EDE370: Intercultural Education in the Primary Classroom|
|CRE300: Certificate in RE Christology and Social Justice|
|EDU452: Policy and Leadership in Education|
|EDE427: Education for Sustainability|
|PME616: Liturgy and Ritual for Primary School Children|
|PME618: Relationships and Sexuality Education: An aspect of SPHE|
|EDU207: Social, Personal, Health, and Physical Education 1|
|EDU257: Social, Personal, Health, and Physical Education 2|
|EDE317: Exploring Resources for Teaching Global Education|
|EDU205: Christian Religious Education 1|
|EDU255: Christian Religious Education 2|
|EDU206: Religious Education in Multi-Denominational Schools 1|
|EDU256: Religious Education in Multi-Denominational Schools 2|
|CRE100: Christian Revelation|
|CRE200: Certificate in Religious Education: Scripture and Spirituality|
|CRE300: Christology and Social Justice|
|CRE400: Church Sacrament and Interfaith Dialogue|
|CRE600: God, Faith, Creed and Trinity|
|CRE601: Jesus Christ and Scripture|
|CRE602: Prayer Sacraments and Liturgy|
|EDE312: Sharing Faith in Religious Education|
|PME607: Research Methods 1|
|PME619: Research Methods 2|
|PME628: Research Methods 3|
|PME618: Leadership and Policy|
|EDE201: Education in Contemporary Irish Society|
The Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education (LSRE) is currently inviting applications from post-graduate students (MA by research and thesis or PhD) for the post of departmental assistant. This innovative, multi-disciplinary department provides opportunities to work with staff members and engage in a large variety of tasks and projects thereby enhancing the overall research experience and developing new skills. Staff research interests include: Global Education and Citizenship, Religious Education, Wellbeing in Education, Education Policy and Working in DEIS schools. Examples of work experience include the planning and provision of tutorials, organisation of materials, and assistance with organisation of events. The departmental assistants will be encouraged to attend training sessions provided by the RGSO and the Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (LEAD) centre.
A Departmental Assistantship award currently provides for a stipend of €6,900.00 per annum (AY2022/23) along with a full fee waiver in Years 1, 2 & 3 for PhD students. Where a DA Awardee enters a 4th year of studies, a full fee waiver is provided, but no stipend is payable in Year 4 and no duties are required in Year 4. MA (research and thesis) students who receive a DA Award are entitled to a stipend of €6,900.00 (AY2022/23) with a full fee waiver for a two year period.
For more information please click here.
To download the application form please click here.
Completed application forms should be submitted to Dr Maurcie Harmon, HoD, Dept. of LSRE by 1st June 2022.
CPD Trip to University of Oxford
In January 2020, members of MIC's Department of Learning, Society, & Religious Education took part in a CPD trip to the University of Oxford.
You can see some photos of the CPD trip here.
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