The Department of Applied Social Sciences provides courses for the social care sector, the early childhood education and care sector and in youth and community work.
Our courses enable our graduates to be competent in the professional provision of care, protection, support, welfare and advocacy for vulnerable or dependent clients, individuals or groups. The Social Care Work courses will ensure we have holistically developed professionals graduating from our courses 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 Department also offers a contemporary level 8 Early Childhood Education and Care degree, with an outdoors focus. This course is designed to enable graduates to be professionally competent early years educators in a range of Early years settings. Our Community Development programme in Limerick is designed to enable students to develop the skills and competencies to work in the areas of community development, in the voluntary sector or in social inclusion.