Social & Community Studies - BA (Honours)
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Social and Community Studies has been designed in consultation with employers, so its content is relevant to employment in the development sector in Ireland. There is a substantial practical component to this programme so students will develop the real skills and competencies required for the workplace. A practical placement in years two, three and four is a key element of the programme which will allow students apply their learning in a real-life environment.
Students on this programme will develop competencies and skills that will enable them to enter a career in development and social inclusion work. Through practical learning experiences, students will learn how to communicate effectively verbally and in written reports; conduct social/policy research and analysis; facilitate and lead groups as well as work as part of a team; help community groups to analyse issues affecting them and identify solutions to problems; support voluntary organisations and volunteers to work effectively; challenge discrimination and inequality in communities.
These practical skills will be based on the study and analysis of Irish Society and Irish communities; the social, economic and political issues affecting Irish society and different social groups; the role of development in addressing poverty, inequality and social exclusion; the impact of global processes on Irish society. Participants on the programme will also be challenged to learn more about themselves and will be asked to examine their personal perspectives on social issues; to examine their own biases and prejudices; to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and to plan for their personal development as learners and professional practitioners.
Potential Applicants please note:
This programme specialises in Community Development and as such it does not offer a specialisation or qualification in Social Care.
All Applicants accepting a place on this programme will be required to obtain Garda Clearance prior to full registration on the programme.
Leaving Certificate: A minimum of 2 Honours and 4 Passes in six Leaving Certificate subjects. English must be one of these subjects. Mathematics is not a subject requirement for this programme.
FETAC: A full FETAC Level 5 award, including a distinction grade in at least three modules or a FETAC Level 6 award.
Introduction to Community Work, Introduction to Sociology, Personal Effectiveness, Introduction to Sustainable Development, Politics and Public Administration, Basic Skills in Social Research.
Models of Community Work, Poverty and Social Policy, Group Work – Theory and Practice, Management in the Community and Voluntary Sector, Research Data Collection, Professional Placement 1.
Participatory Techniques, Social Policy & Provision, Facilitation Skills, Project Management for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Qualitative Data Analysis, Quantitative Data Analysis, Professional Placement 2 (Block).
Current Issues in Community Work, Contemporary Social Policy, Economy, Society and Sustainable Development, Governance and Programme Management in the Community and Voluntary Sector, Professional Development, Training and Development Skills, Dissertation.
4 Years (including Work Placement in Years 2, 3 and 4)
Class Contact Hours:
Year 1: 18 hours per week
Top 3 Reasons to Choose:
1 There is a substantial practical component to this programme so you will develop the real skills and competencies required for the workplace. Work placements are key elements of the programme allowing you to apply your learning in a real-life work environment.
2 Innovative assessment methods, including Problem Based Learning, are used whichemphasise practical assignments for skills development.
3 Our staff has extensive experience and on-going engagement in the development sectorand can create real, practical connections between practice and the classroom.
What our Students say:
“My work includes managing the resource centre; co-ordinating service provision; working with and supporting the voluntary management committee to develop and implement a three year strategic work plan and networking with voluntary, community and statutory agencies at a local, regional and national level. The experience gained from studies undertaken in the Institute has been invaluable. Community development had been an active part of my life before I began my studies, but studying modules in community development and sociology provided a solid perspective on the development of programmes put in place to counteract poverty and social exclusion up to present day provision. However, I feel the real value added came in the form of training in communications, personal development, research methodology, integrated area planning, strategic planning, economics, financial management and accounting, law and all of the environmental studies. All of these have impacted in one way or another in my work on a regular basis. I may have started out with a narrow focus of what was involved in community development but my horizons were certainly broadened and in TI, I was equipped with the tools to put community development into practice”.
Terry O’Connor, Graduate of Rural Development; works as Project Co-ordinator of the Three Drives Family Resource Centre, Tipperary Town.
There are increasing opportunities for paid professional work and career progression within the community and voluntary sector in Ireland. Graduates of this programme will be eligible to work in various roles and in a range of development organisations. Examples of positions available in the development sector include: Community Development Worker/Coordinator, Membership Officer, Community Youth Worker, Policy Worker, Social Researcher/Research Assistant, Group Worker/Facilitator. Jobs Include: Community Development Worker, Youth Worker, Research and Policy Analyst. Some Graduates work for Family Resource Centres, Shannon Regional Development, Sheltered Housing Units, LEADER Companies.
There are increasing opportunities for paid professional work and career progression within the community and voluntary sector in Ireland. Graduates of this programme will be eligible to work in various roles and in a range of development organisations. Examples of positions available in the development sector include:
* Community Development Worker/Coordinator
* Membership Officer
* Community Youth Worker
* Policy Worker
* Social Researcher/Research Assistant
* Group Worker/Facilitator
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