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Applied Social Sciences

Department of Applied Social Sciences

The Department of Applied Social Sciences is a dynamic, growing department which provides courses for the social and community sectors. The department delivers programmes on three TUS campuses: Ennis, Moylish (Limerick) and Thurles.  

 Our programmes enable graduates to be competent in the professional provision of care, protection, support, welfare and advocacy for vulnerable or dependent clients, individuals or groups. Our Social Care Work programmes are designed to produce holistically developed professionals who are prepared to work in a range of settings. These settings include: people with learning disabilities, those engaging with the probation services, people housed in hostels, those who are deemed as “at risk” in a variety of ways, children who have been identified as having experienced abuse, young people in residential care and people in communities who are in need of support. 

The Community and Addiction Studies course offers participants the skills and competencies to work in the voluntary sector, as well as with State or NGO providers of community and social inclusion services. Graduates of this course pursue careers in community initiatives with a focus on inclusive practice, empowerment and collaboration. 

Applied Psychology is a field of interest to anyone who wants a career that supports individuals, groups or organisations in achieving their goals. Our Applied Psychology programme is a qualification with a wide reach, from consumer behaviour to sports and education. Applied Psychology is a scientific study especially concerned with the practical applications of the mind, behaviour and of mental processes in relation to everyday life. The career opportunities with this degree are extensive, including education, health, crime, technology and substance use. 

Head of Department
Dr. Melinda Gushwa

Further Information
Department of Applied Social Sciences
Tel: (061) 293864