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BA (Hons) in Community Development

Course Code: LC297


Level

08

Duration

4 Years

Department

Applied Social Sciences


CAO Points

217

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

Students on this programme will develop competencies and skills that will enable them to enter careers in development and social inclusion work. Students will develop practical skills based on the study and analysis of Irish Society and Irish communities.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 06/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Introduction to Community Work 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of the module is to introduce participants to the foundations of community work and some of the basic issues around community work practice. 


    Title: Political Ideology

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop the student to develop their knowledge and awareness of politics, tand the various political ideologies and how they impact policy direction. The module also covers the European union as a  political system and its impact on Irish policy direction.


    Title: Introduction to Homelessness

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module introduces learners to the study of homelessness in society and to the principles and practice of supporting people who are experiencing homelessness. The structural context of homelessness is examined. The complex needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness are identified. Learners will gain knowledge of the network of services to prevent homelessness as well as the use of supportive interventions with individuals and families.


    Title: Introduction to working with vulnerable young people

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This Elective will focus on introducing learners to a range of theories and practices applicable to working with vulnerable young people (0-18).


    Title: Applied Research & Writing Skills

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner into the academic environment and support the development of the research, writing and information technology skillsets necessary for successful progression in higher education.


    Title: Active Citizenship and Volunteering

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of the module is to introduce the learners to the concepts of volunteerism, active citizenship and community participation in the context of social care.


    Title: Interpersonal Communication

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module addresses emotional intelligence theory and its relevance to being effective both personally and professionally. Theories of effective communication as they relate to self development and working with groups in a Social and Community setting will be covered.


    Title: Introduction to Community Work 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will explore the theories of community development and community work. It will familiarise particpants with the values and the principles underlying community work.  


    Title: Politics in Ireland

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to enable the student to develop their knowledge and awareness of politics, the political system and the system of public administration in Ireland. The student will become aware of the key political and public sector programmes and policies relevant to the Community Development Sector and how to influence such developments.


    Title: Psychology, identities and the person

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide students with specialised knowledge in the area of psychology and the development of the self. It will explore the theoretical underpinnings of six perspectives within psychology and allow students to explore the varied and often contradictory ways in which identities and selves are understood, researched and supported within the discipline of psychology.

     


    Title: Introduction to Sociology

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    An Introduction to Sociology with an emphasis on Life Course Socialisation


    Title: Introduction to Creative Studies

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The purpose of this course is to introduce learners to the concept of using creative studies as a tool for social care. It will predominantly be an experiential course, explaining the benefits of using the creative activities of art, drama, creative play, photography, clay work, film/video, role play, storytelling/narratives, dance, music  and mime in social care through practical tutorials. This will invite the learner to partake in a personal journey of creativity, which will also enhance their practical creative skills. This course is also designed to provide an introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of the benefits of using creative arts in social care.


    Title: Introduction To Group work

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will introduce students to the fundamentals of social psychology and the role and function of groups  in community work contexts. The module has a significant skills development component and requires a minimum of 80% attendance from each pariticiapnt.


  • Year 2

    Title: Models of Community Work 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide participants with an opportunity to explore in detail the various models of practice that reflect current community work. Learners will look at international and Irish specific framwworks which define approaches to community work and will explore how these are applied in practice.  


    Title: Social Policy

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to social policy in Ireland and its role in Social Care/ Community work.


    Title: Poverty & Policy

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will introduce learners to the study of poverty through critical social analysis.  Learners will explore a variety of perspectives on defining, measuring and explaining poverty in Ireland.


    Title: Psychology: interactions, families and social issues

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide students with specialised knowledge across a variety of areas in psychology relating to social interactions, families and the kinds of social psychological issues that arise in society.  Students will integrate research and theory from a range of perspectives within psychology in order to develop an understanding of the ways in which the presence of other people impacts profoundly on human behaviour. They will also examine the ways in which findings from forensic, community and occupational psychology may be relevant to their work. 

     


    Title: Groupwork 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will develop participants skills to successfully engage in group processes. The module will build on the introductory module from stage one and will focus on the skills of: communication, listening, negotiation, conflict management, managing meetings, group leadership, group presentations and group report writing. 


    Title: Organisation Behaviour in the Community Sector

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to organizational theories and practices appropriate to the community and voluntary sector and to develop their understanding of the culture and structure of the sector.


    Title: Models of Community Work 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Learners will be familiar with a range of relevant models of community work. Learners will develop insight into the theory and practice of community work responces to address the needs of specific groups.


    Title: Social Policy & Provision

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will consider the influence of social policy in shaping core social service provision and consider how the needs of various social groups are met through social policy.


    Title: Facilitation Skills in Community Work

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will focus on developing the key facilitation skills required for workers in the Community and Voluntary sector. The focus will be on facilitation in a community development context. It will prepare students for placement and other modules and will seek to develop skilled community group leaders and facilitators.


    Title: Management in the C&V Sector

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the key management practices appropriate to the community and voluntary sector and to develop outline the key skills necessary to operate within organisations in the sector.


    Title: Equality & Policy

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    In this module learners will explore the concepts of inequality and equality.  Policy attempts to mainstream equality in Ireland will be considered.   The module will consider the role of the community and voluntary sector in promoting equality.


    Title: Work Placement (C&V)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module is intended to introduce the student to the professional context of community work and to prepare in a focussed manner for the experience of practice placement. The concept of professional identity and its implications for the professional development of each learner will be explored. Lectures and seminars will include consideration of the personal, professional and practical challenges inherent in undertaking a practice placement. Learners will identify specific personal and professional learning objectives, develop knowledge and skill in using creative interventions with service-users, and learn how to use professional supervision to support professional learning.


  • Year 3

    Title: Professional Placement

    Credits: 30 Credits

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    This module aims to enable learners to apply classroom learning to a real life context. It will offer learners the opportunity to develop the specialised knowledge, skills and attributes required in professional community work practice and social inclusion work. As a block placement it will enable learners to immerse themselves in practice settings and take on a piece of work. Learners will complete 525 hours (15 weeks) on placement.


    Title: Sociology & Diversity

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module challenges students to reflect on diversity in themselves, their colleagues and the people they support and work with in their professional practice.


    Title: Psychology of stress and distress

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide information on stress, its possible causes, its potential effects and how it can be studied and managed.  It will also examine definitiions of mental distress and consider how mental distress can impact upon people in a variety of ways.  


    Title: Professional Development: The Reflective Practitioner

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module enables learners to explore the meaning of professionalism in the context of their work as social care/community development practitioners. Learners will engage with the theory and practice of professionalism, as well as identifying professional values and competencies and developing reflective practice skills.


    Title: Project Management for Community Groups

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This Module is designed to ensure that students have adequate Project Management Skills to effectively operate in the Community and Voluntary Sector. The students will use appropriate Project Management Software such as MS Project and develop an awareness of issues related to securing funding for Projects in this sector.


    Title: Quantitative Research Methods

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Learners will become familiar with the process and techniques of quantitative social research.  Learners will develop practical skills in designing questionnaires and surveys, analysing data in spss and writing a research report.


    Title: Qualitative Research Methods

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Learners will become familiar with the process and techniques of qualitative social research.  Learners will develop practical skills in conducting interviews, thematic analysis and writing a research report.


  • Year 4

    Title: Sociology in Practice

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module encourages the learner to bring the critical lenses of power, discourse, conflict and structuralism to bear on the complex social issues of family/care, class, deviance, mental health and emobidment and the impact these have on the social environment and their work as practitioners.


    Title: Governance and Programme Management in the Community and Voluntary Sector

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop the students knowledge of the theories of corporate governance and of programme and
    strategic management and its applicationin the voluntary and community sectors.


    Title: Social Enterprise

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Students will be able to assess the potential contribution of social enterprise to community development. They will be able to identify the characteristics and requirements for a social enterprise and will be able to design a social enterprise project in a community context.


    Title: Psychology in Practice: Approaches to Addiction

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Students will be presented with  a wide range of theoretical frameworks that underpin the study of addiction in all forms. The student  will also be encouraged to develop a greater understanding of psychological approaches to addictive behaviour and basic intervention skills that a social care practitioner could use to support this client group. Prevention, harm reduction, treatment and rehabilitation will  be examined throughout this module, as will aspects of Irish and international social policy and best practice in addiction.


    Title: Research Thesis

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module will provide students with an understanding of theory, concepts and methods pertaining

    to a specific field of relevance to professional practice. They will formulate a research question, design a

    research project, collect and analyse data and assess the implications of the research findings in relation to

    existing research in the field.

     


    Title: Training and Development Skills

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will enable the learner to develop the essential skills of designinig and facilitatating a training programme based on an assessment of needs for a client group.


    Title: Global Development Theories and Practice

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Students will critically analyse different theories of global development and evaluate their application. Students will be aware of the policy framework applied to national and regional development projects. The module will critique economic models of growth, environmental sustainability, geo political dynamics and social justive.     


    Title: Current Issues in Community Work

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module aims to assist participants as they explore a number of current issues that face those working in contemperory
    Community Work in Ireland. The module will provide flexibility in order to ensure that students have the most relevant and up to date information.


    Title: Participatory Techniques in Community Work

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module aims to develop certain skills that participants will need in their work with Community groups. It will draw from the skills and understandings of the different streams and modules in the course to date. It will give skills in applying the principles and values informing various methodologies and will allow participants to explore the skill areas in theory and in practice. The module will emphasise a ‘how to’ approach to community work skills and methods


Are there opportunities for further study?

Students can go on to post-graduate study in a number of related areas such as: Community development, sociology and social policy.             

What are the career prospects?

Positions that graduates work in include:                                                                 

  • Community Development Worker/Coordinator
  • Community Youth Worker
  • Policy Worker
  • Social Researcher/Research Assistant
  • Group Worker/Facilitator

Some graduates work for:

  • Family Resource Centres
  • Shannon Development
  • LEADER companies
  • An Garda Síochána.