What is the BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care?
The BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care is a three year (level 7) course of study. The course is designed to facilitate students who wish to pursue a specific area of interest and prepares students for professional careers in Social Care Work.
The course involves the study of related disciplines of Sociology, Social Policy, Psychology, Law, Applied Social Research and Supervised Professional Practice.
Special Feature of the Course
The course is designed to facilitate students to specialise as Social Care Workers. All students who wish to graduate as professionally qualified social care workers must successfully complete a supervised work-based placement in each of the second and third years of the course.
Note: Garda clearance is required for all students taking this programme.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Key Themes in Sociology||Social Facts & Structures|
|Introduction to Social Policy||Social Policy in Context|
|Psychology of Human Behaviour||Introduction to Social Care Law|
|Applied Social Studies 1||History of Social Care in 20th Century Ireland|
|History of Social Care in 19th Century Ireland||Lifespan Developmental Psychology|
|Personal & Professional Development 1||Personal & Professional Development 2|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Practice Placement 1||Inequalities and Disadvantage in Irish Social Policy|
|Practice Placement Portfolio 1||Individual Differences & Abnormal Psychology|
|Applied Social Studies 2||Modernisation & Social Change|
|Personal & Professional Development 3|
|Child in Irish law|
|Applied Social Studies 3|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Domestic Violence Law and Mental Health Law in Ireland||Practice Placement 2|
|Challenges for Irish Social Policy||Practice Placement Portfolio 2|
|Class, Idealogy and Social Movements||Applied Social Studies 5|
|Personal & Professional Development 4|
|Applied Social Studies 4|
5 subjects: OD3 or better
Students who have completed all or part of a third level qualification, may be eligible for entry into years other than year 1 of this course.
To find out more, visit Advanced Entry
Graduates may take up employment in the state sector and in community-based organisations. Social care workers may work with:
Children and adolescents in residential care
People with learning or physical disabilities
People who are homeless
People with alcohol/drug dependency
Families in the community
Recent immigrants to Ireland
Follow on Study
“It was just over 10 years since I had completed my leaving cert. Having been out of the classroom for so long, I found the thoughts of returning to education a little daunting to say the least.
Immediately from the induction day in September, it was apparent that Waterford institue Of Technology had a stuctured support system in place to aid students, young and old with any problems or concerns they may of had. Each week the lectures would facilitate a tutorial class. I found these very helpful in gaining an understanding of some of the more difficult subjects. My favourite subject is Sociology because it allows me to view various aspects of society from different perspectives and also gives me an insight into how society works!
At present I’ve just completed my first year of my 3 year degree. As part of my course I will now move on to a 3 month work placement in September 2012. I’m really looking forward to this as it will give me an opportunity to put the theory into practice.
My experience of returning to education has being very positive, it just goes to show that with a little hard work and determination anything is possible.”
Stephan Whelan, WD018
BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care