This full-time, one year course analyses social policy relating to contemporary issues facing Ireland, Europe and the wider world. The course gives you the theoretical and practical skills to engage in social research and policy analysis. As part of this course, you can specialise in the social policy area of your choice. The delivery of the programme is innovative, discussion-led and seminar-based to encourage the active participation of the group.
The MSocSc (Social Policy) core modules include:
Contemporary Social Policy Issues
Social Research: Methodology and Ethics
Social Policy Analysis
Students are also required to conduct a piece of social research and submit a 25,000 word thesis.
You will also pursue a specialist pathway from one of the following:
Children and Young People
Designed for a wide range of professionals working with children and young people. You are encouraged to reflect on policy, theory and practice. Topics covered include: children and young people in society; children's rights, participation and democratic engagement; and researching childhood and youth.
Mental Health and Disability
Helps you understand key perspectives in the areas of mental health and disability, and their implications for policy, research and practice. Issues of human rights and citizenship are given particular attention.
Conflict, Transformation and Peace Building
Explores the causes and dynamics of conflict in society, and looks at grassroots and governmental approaches to peace-building internationally. Conflict in Ireland and the peace process in the North will act as a focus. 'Transitional justice' and 'nation-building' in post-conflict societies will also be considered.
Debates in Critical Social Policy
Gives you an advanced understanding of social policy theory, and the skills needed to analyse key contemporary social policy issues. You will be encouraged to theorise and critically examine the implications of recent trends for social policy and welfare states.
Further details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar
Course Code: CKE62 Full-time, CKE61 Part-time
Course Title: Social Policy
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time
The part-time option will be taught during evening hours over 2 years.
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: EUR 6,000 full-time; EUR 3,000 per year part-time
2016 Entry Requirements: To apply for this course you will need an undergraduate degree in social policy of second-class honours level or equivalent. (See detailed entry requirements below)
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
Lectures take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5.30-7.30 pm (for both full-time and part-time students). You are also expected to engage in ongoing online seminar activities and discussions, as well as self-directed learning. You are required to read articles before attending lectures.
The MSocSc (Social Policy) course gives you the skills to understand and discuss key issues in contemporary social policy, specialise in a policy field of your choice and conduct policy research. Our assessment methods enable students to become autonomous social policy analysts and researchers. Assessment includes: writing and presenting a policy report, participating in online discussions of contemporary key social policy issues, theoretical analysis of a current policy issue and a 25,000 word social policy research thesis.
Application for this programme is on-line atwww.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. These additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:CKE62&CKE61AdditionalQuestions (116kB)
Further Contact Information
For detailed information on the academic content of the programme contact the ProgrammeDirector, Dr Eluska Fernandez at email@example.com