- 3 years
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
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About the School
The School of Humanities comprises three academic departments, the Department of Applied Arts, the Department of Creative and Performing Arts, and the Department of Languages, Tourism and Hospitality. The School has a teaching complement of over 150 teaching staff and a number of support and administrative personnel.