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The award
BSocSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
EU 3000

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 3000

All study options

About Social Science at University College Cork

Overview

This degree is suited to people interested in social issues. It provides a grounding in Social Science, the umbrella term for academic disciplinesthat focus on society and human behaviour.

The BSocSc is concerned with human, political, economic and social relations that shape the world we live in. Approaching social phenomena from different standpoints helps develop critical perspectives on issues such as:

  • poverty and exclusion
  • culture
  • identity
  • community
  • family, equality and social justice
  • globalisation and the environment

Social policy is a core subject on this degree, the study of which incorporates key debates about human and societal wellbeing and how basic needs are met.

The BSocSc offers a range of learning experiences. You can attend agency visits, undertakework experience for credits, study a new language and conduct a research project. Our graduateshave an array of Social Science skills, which prepares them for a variety of postgraduate/career destinations.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:

Applied Psychology (5 credits each):

AP1110 Psychology as Science;

AP1149 Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology

Economics (5 credits each):

EC1117/EC1118 Markets and Government: An Introduction to Economics

Philosophy (10 credits each):

PH1005 Philosophy and Social Science - An Introduction or

SS1012 Social Practice and the Social Professions

Social Policy:

SS1017 Politics and Social Policy (Part 1) (10 credits) and

SS1018 Politics and Social Policy (Part 2) (5 credits)

Sociology:

SC1012 Introduction to Sociology (5 credits) and

SC1013 Key Issues in Sociology (10 credits)

Year 2 Modules:

Core:

Economics; Social Policy; Philosophy; Applied Psychology; Sociology and Society

Electives:

Social Policy; Sociology; Statistics; Languages; Chinese Studies; Philosophy

Year 3 Modules:

Core:

Politics and Social Policy

Electives:

Sociology; Social Policy; Economics; Social Work and Social Services; Sociology and Society; Applied Psychology; Languages; Philosophy; Statistics

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Fact File

Course Code: CK102

Course Title: Social Science

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Duration: 3 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSocSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.

2016 Entry Requirements: HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from: Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Entry Points: 2016: 425. Points may vary from year to year.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours:15 hours per week, in addition to approximately five hours of tutorials/seminars, etc

Expected reading hours: As with all Social Science degrees, reading hours are also a core part of the course where, for example, key literature and policy under examination in lectures are studied in depth in your own time.

Field visits:Agency field visits are scheduled to take place over one week in Year 2 and studentstaking the fieldwork placement module are required to commit 150 hours to the agency/organisation during the summer prior to Year 2 and/or Year 3.

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment and on the BSocSc in broad terms there is astrong emphasis on continuous assessment, which in the case of many modules is weighted in equalterms with the end-of-semester examinations. Other modules are assessed entirely through continuous assessment.

Continuous assessment on the BSocSc is designed to develop a wide range of Social Science skills.Course work includes learning portfolios, essays, group presentations, book/policy reviews, agency profiles, and a final-year research project.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants: Application is made through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Further Contact Information

Phil O'Sullivan

BSocSc Course Secretary

T: +353 (0)21 490 2228

E: phil.osullivan@ucc.ie or appsocialstudies@ucc.ie

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSocSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEU 3000International course feesEUR 3000

Notes about fees for this course

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.

2016 Entry Requirements: HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from: Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Entry Points: 2016: 425. Points may vary from year to year.

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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