BA (Hons) Social Science

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)Social Science

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        271 - 430
Cork Road
3 years
180 ECTS

What is the BA (Hons) in Social Science Course?

The BA (Hons) Social Science is a multi-disciplinary three year course. In times of rapid social and economic change, this programme offer students the opportunity to understand and critically analyse contemporary Irish society and Ireland’s place in an increasingly globalised world.

This course draws on core Social Science disciplines such as; Social Policy, Sociology, Psychology, Economics and Politics, with an emphasis on Social Research and Social Studies in Context.

The implications of and responses to social problems for marginalised and vulnerable members of society are central to this programme.

Special Feature of BA (Hons) in Social Science Course

Students are offered an opportunity to take elective modules in Semesters, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Students may elect from a wide range of modules such as Human Resource Management, Personal & Professional Development; Social Care, Psychology & Crime, Probation and Youth Work and Law.

The programme is structured to provide students with the opportunity to gain a solid academic foundation in a range of related disciplines. The programme is also structured to enable students to develop their critical understanding of the applied nature of social science, and the importance of social research in critical inquiry and analysis of contemporary society.

The programme emphasises the importance of inter-disciplinarity. These pillars of learning (theory, application, research and integration) are the focus of this programme.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introduction to PsychologyIntroduction to Social Psychology
Social Policy and WelfareIrish Social Policy
Introduction to Sociological ProblemsSociology of Contemporary Ireland
Critical and Creative ThinkingThe Development of the Irish Welfare State
Principles of MicroeconomicsPrinciples of Macroeconomics
Introduction to PoliticsIntroduction to Research
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Social Research MethodsSociology of Gender
Foundations of Ethics/PhilosophySocial Ethics
Social Policy ProcessesUnderstanding Sociological Perspectives
Class and Social Mobility in Irish SocietySocial Policy and Ideology
Economic Policy Issues Developmental Psychology
Elective ModulesElective modules
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Social Studies in Context 1Dissertation: Social Science
Dissertation Proposal: Social ScienceModern Social Theory
Irish Politics and GovernmentSocial Studies in Context 2
EU and Globalisation Comparing Social Policies
Ireland and Ethnic MinoritiesElective module
Elective Module

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BA (Hons) in Social Science

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BA (Hons) in Social Science

BA (Hons) in Social Science Career Opportunities

The BA (Hons) Social Science offers graduates a wide variety of career opportunities such as Social Research, Policy Analysis, Human Resources, Administration and Social Work in Government and Non-governmental agencies. Some career options require further postgraduate qualifications and this programme provides an ideal pathway into a range of postgraduate options.

Follow on Study for Social Science Graduates

Graduates may proceed to postgraduate study, either research or taught, at WIT or other their-level colleges.

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