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Mr. Michael Tobin

Title:

Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Care

School/ Department:

School of Humanities - Arts

Room Name/ Num:

FTG16D T- Block/ FTG Rooms

Campus:

Main Campus

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My Biography

Michael Tobin is a social policy and social care lecturer in the Department of Applied Arts and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Social Science. Additional roles: International Placement Coordinator for the Department of Applied Arts, and International Exchange Programme Coordinator - partnership with University College Leuven Limburg (UCLL), Belgium.

Education:

  • MA in Social Studies
  • BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Add-on)
  • BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

Research

Research interests include: Irish and comparative social policy, citizenship, nationalism, street-level bureaucracy, cultural memory, European studies and the Media.

SPEEDS Project

2017-2019 collaborationg with social policy educators nationwide as part of the ‘Digital literacy for social policy educators’ project. This collaborative project (type 2) was part of the National Forum under their Teaching and Learning Enhancement Call. The working title for our project is ‘Expanding Personal and Professional Digital Capacities in Social Policy Teaching and Learning Contexts: A Collaboration between Social Policy Educators and Learning Technologists’.

 

Papers

Tobin, M. (2018) “Providing a New Direction: Use of early interventions for those at risk of anti-social behaviour". Paper presented to the B.A. Child and Youth Studies course at University College Leuven Limburg, Social School Heverlee, 21st February, 2018.

Tobin, M. (2020) 'How to spruce up your Moodle: a practical guide to Moodle tiles format'. Waterford Institute of Technology Community of Practice Series.

Teaching

Michael Tobin has been teaching in the School of Humanities, at Waterford Institute of Technology, since 2010. Outlined below is the courses on which Michael currently/previously worked on, and the complete list of modules currently/previously delivered.

Courses:

  • BA (Hons) in Social Science
  • BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice
  • BA in Applied Social Care (level 7 and ACCS)
  • BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Add-on course)
  • BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
  • BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies
  • Higher Certificate in Arts in Custodial Care

Modules:

  • Social Policy and Welfare
  • Social Policy and Ideology
  • EU and Globalisation
  • Irish Social Policy
  • Comparing Social Policies
  • Social Policy Processes
  • Dissertation Supervision
  • Applied Social Studies 
  • History of Social Care  
  • Social Care Practice Placement
  • Challenges for Irish Social Policy
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Sociology of Contemporary Ireland 
  • Understanding Sociological Perspectives
  • Introduction to the European Union 
  • Workplace Reflective Practice 1

Tutorial classes:

  • Introduction to Sociological Problems 
  • Irish Society and the Media 
  • Modern Social Theory 
  • Social Facts and Structures

Professional

External Examiner - Munster Technological University (Cork) 2018 - present

Professional Memberships

Social Justice Ireland - Board member 2017-present

Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA)

Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI)

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