Social Policy & Sociology

Course Information

BSocSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Undergraduate Full Time

CAO Code: DN750
CAO Points Range 2019: 330
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 100

Leaving Certificate:
O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

The Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) at University College Dublin is the premier honours degree of its kind in Ireland. It is the standard qualification for those working in policy making and social services and recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. If you are interested in exploring how societies, communities and families work and wish to make a difference to the world, affect cultural change, contribute to public service or corporate responsibility, then this course is for you.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The BSocSc provides a strong foundation for both postgraduate study and a wide range of careers in government, social services, NGOs, education, media, including new and online media (who are increasingly expressing an active interest in recruiting social sciences graduates) and business. Alumni include Orlaith Blaney (Marketing and Advertising, former CEO McCannBlue Dublin), Frances Fitzgerald (TD), Ali Hewson (Humanitarian) and Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (Humanitarian & Founder, Focus Ireland).

What Will I Study

The course explores key social issues affecting societies in the European Union, the USA and East Asia: poverty, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, social stratification, criminal justice, globalisation, gender equality, sexualities and reproductive health, childhood and children’s services, and tax and welfare systems. You will learn about how policy makers, in Ireland and across the world, have responded to these societal challenges. A strong emphasis is placed on studying qualitative and quantitative research methods. You will attend lectures and seminars and engage in project-based learning, instruction, and independent study with experienced academic staff and with input from policy-makers and industry.

First Year

You will undertake compulsory modules in social policy and sociology. Students are not expected to have any prior knowledge of these disciplines; the first year modules will provide you with a comprehensive introduction.

Second & Third Year

Alongside compulsory modules in social policy and sociology you will select optional modules from one of three career orientated pathways, which will refine and develop your skills:

There are three Pathways available to you as follows;

1. Social Work and Social Professions

This pathway provides you with a strong foundation for professional social work or social service careers, in addition to careers in Counselling, Social Care Management, and the Probation Service.

2. Society and Public Service

You will be introduced to social policy topics covering a wide range of social and public services and modules in public sociology. This pathway prepares you for a wide range of Master’s programmes and employment in public services, NGOs, community development, youth work, social enterprise and public policy advocacy.

3. Work, Organisations and People

You will combine social policy and sociology with modules from organisational psychology and industrial relations. This pathway prepares you for study in a wide range of human organisation orientated Master’s programmes and for employment in business and personnel management, industrial relations, marketing and corporate responsibility and governance.

For detailed information on subject content click here.

International Study Opportunities

The School offers international study opportunities in universities both in Europe and further afield including

  • Germany
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Canada
  • Malta

Testimonial

“The only course I applied for after the leaving certificate was BSocSc Social Policy & Sociology in UCD. I knew from the start I wanted to be a social worker, so I chose the Social Work and Social Professions pathway in my second year. Overall this is a career orientated degree and I’ve found the course really interesting and engaging so far. I feel like it has helped me see the social world in a new way. Since my first year, I’ve been volunteering with Childline, and through that experience, I have been offered a place on UCD’s Professional Masters in Social Work when I complete my course.”

Jayson Pope, Student

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Course Information

BSc(Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Undergraduate Full Time

CAO Code: DN700
CAO Points Range 2019: 388
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:
Leaving Cert Subject Entry Requirements O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects.

If you obtain less than 03/H7 in Leaving Certificate mathematics you must pass a “Level
0” UCD Mathematics module during Trimester 1 of your first year before taking the core module
“Introduction to Quantitative Economics” in Trimester 2.

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Why is this course for me?

PPE provides a broad and deep understanding of how a society works, and indeed how international society works. It examines the complex economic and political forces in play, the problems of measuring and assessing the health of society, and the principles of justice that should guide political decision-making to improve society. PPE will teach students how to read beyond media headlines, and where to find more information about the hot policy questions of the day, in national and international contexts.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

PPE programmes are scattered throughout many of the top universities in the world, attracting the best and most ambitious students and educating cohorts of politicians, civil servants, journalists and managers. All three disciplines share a commitment to rigour and problem-solving that will develop useful skills for any career–skills such as research, analysis, written expression and interpreting data.

Graduates may pursue a specialist Master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics or Economics or progress to various interdisciplinary Master’s degrees in related subjects.

What Will I Study

The PPE provides a thorough grounding in all three disciplines that are core to the social sciences. The programme is quite structured at first, but allows more choice and more specialisation with each successive year. This programme provides both a well-rounded education in philosophy, politics and economics, and every opportunity for you to determine for yourself which subject or combination of subjects you would like to specialise in.

First Year

Students are introduced to: political science and political theory, to micro and macro-economics, and to ethics and critical thinking. Students will take the core module Introducing PPE. They will also learn about researching and writing essays.

Second Year

Students will study the relationship between individuals and the state, how to analyse and work with economic data, and the philosophical principles underlying the social sciences.

Third Year

Students continue to deepen their understanding of all three disciplines, while paying more attention to the overlaps between them, such as political economy and critical theory. Students may apply to study abroad in third year.

Fourth Year

There is much more choice among specialised option modules in the final year. Students also have the option of continuing in the three-discipline version, or of concentrating on only two disciplines.

Assessment

Generally, assessment will be by take-home essay and by exam-based essay in Philosophy and Politics, and by project and a combination of mid-term and end-of-term assignments in economics. Innovative online assessment will also be used throughout. There will be an option to write a final-year research project.

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International Study Opportunities

A number of semester-long study opportunities will be established with other PPE universities the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

Testimonial

“I chose to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) because I really enjoyed studying economics and always knew that it was an area that I wanted to pursue. I also had an interest in the current political climate and current affairs. I was attracted to PPE as it offers a high degree of flexibility and the degree is also held in high regard internationally. The skills I am learning will be beneficial to future employers who will be interested in employing critical thinkers and graduates who can apply their knowledge to many fields. I am learning how to form a sound argument and developing excellent research skills from philosophy, while gaining analytical and problem-solving skills from Economics and the study of Politics is expanding my communication and teamwork abilities.”

Rebecca, Troy Student

Sociology

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2019: 388
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

CAO Code: DN520 BA Jount Honours
CAO Points Range 2019: 336
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 420

Leaving Certificate:
DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

DN520 – English, Irish, a third Language, Three other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

If you are interested in people, you will be interested in sociology. It is relevant for understanding almost every aspect of our lives. We are all part of society, we are connected with each other and we are affected by the people around us. In the same way, we shape the social context for others as well. Sociology provides you with the mindset and the research tools to observe the social world, make connections, understand differences, norms, cultures or inequalities.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Sociology gives an excellent foundation for a diverse set of careers in areas such as;

  • Social research & Policy Analysis
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Community Development
  • Youth Work
  • Civil Service
  • Social Data Science
  • Business.

It also leads to a wide range of graduate study opportunities in the social sciences, law and business. The School of Sociology offers a general MSc or MA in Sociology, MSc in Social Data Analytics, MSc in Comparative Social Change, MSc in Demographic and Population Analytics and an MA in Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies.

What Will I Study

Sociology seeks to explain how people relate with each other, how hidden structures play an important role in everyday life and how society shapes the way individuals behave. It is about why individuals organise themselves into groups such as families, communities, social classes, social networks, religions, genders, neighbourhoods or nations. But it is also about how these groups come about, what they mean and how they change over time. An essential part of your studies will be the acquisition of a sociological toolkit that includes both theoretical approaches and research methods to study society.

First Year

The first year includes a general Introduction to Sociology, the Foundations of Sociological Thinking, a view on Contemporary Ireland and the basics of Research Methods and Design. All first year social sciences students also study the core module, Societal Challenges in the Twenty First Century, plus another subject, plus an Elective module.

Second Year

The second year involves training in Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods and modules in areas such as Gender, Sociological Theory, Analytical Sociology, Animals and Human Society and more.

Third Year

The third year provides the opportunity for an Internship or Study Abroad. We also offer a range of experiential learning modules including Broadcasting Sociology or Volunteering & Community Experiences. There are also range of substantive modules in areas such as Migration, Historical Sociology, Lying & Deception and more.

Fourth Year

During the fourth year, students select either an Advanced Quantitative or Advanced Qualitative Research Project module. There are also further specialised modules, such as War & Violence, Sociology of Nations or Punishment & Social Control, plus Elective modules.

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How Will I Study

Study Sociology (BSc Social Sciences)

 

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Study Sociology (BA Joint Honours)

 

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International Study Opportunities

Sociology students at UCD can avail of international exchange opportunities in universities in Europe and around the world. Currently, Erasmus opportunities exist in:

  • Belgium
  • England
  • France
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • USA
  • Australia
  • China
  • South Korea.

Students studying Sociology with German or Italian will study abroad for their third year.

Testimonial

“I’ve always had a keen interest in people and learning about how society shapes our perspectives and influences our behaviour. That’s why I really enjoy studying sociology in UCD; I gain an understanding into my keen interest. Within lectures, my mind has been broadened by modules on gender and societal patterns. My lecturers make themselves available and are so encouraging: creating an open atmosphere in classes that allows for a great learning environment. The research skills and other transferable skills I have gained within my course are essential for my future career opportunities.”

Chloe Mazhandu, Student

Social Policy & Sociology

Course Information

BSocSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Undergraduate Full Time

CAO Code: DN750
CAO Points Range 2019: 330
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 100

Leaving Certificate:
O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

Click below for equivalent entry requirements information for:

Why is this course for me?

The Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) at University College Dublin is the premier honours degree of its kind in Ireland. It is the standard qualification for those working in policy making and social services and recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. If you are interested in exploring how societies, communities and families work and wish to make a difference to the world, affect cultural change, contribute to public service or corporate responsibility, then this course is for you.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The BSocSc provides a strong foundation for both postgraduate study and a wide range of careers in government, social services, NGOs, education, media, including new and online media (who are increasingly expressing an active interest in recruiting social sciences graduates) and business. Alumni include Orlaith Blaney (Marketing and Advertising, former CEO McCannBlue Dublin), Frances Fitzgerald (TD), Ali Hewson (Humanitarian) and Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (Humanitarian & Founder, Focus Ireland).

What Will I Study

The course explores key social issues affecting societies in the European Union, the USA and East Asia: poverty, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, social stratification, criminal justice, globalisation, gender equality, sexualities and reproductive health, childhood and children’s services, and tax and welfare systems. You will learn about how policy makers, in Ireland and across the world, have responded to these societal challenges. A strong emphasis is placed on studying qualitative and quantitative research methods. You will attend lectures and seminars and engage in project-based learning, instruction, and independent study with experienced academic staff and with input from policy-makers and industry.

First Year

You will undertake compulsory modules in social policy and sociology. Students are not expected to have any prior knowledge of these disciplines; the first year modules will provide you with a comprehensive introduction.

Second & Third Year

Alongside compulsory modules in social policy and sociology you will select optional modules from one of three career orientated pathways, which will refine and develop your skills:

There are three Pathways available to you as follows;

1. Social Work and Social Professions

This pathway provides you with a strong foundation for professional social work or social service careers, in addition to careers in Counselling, Social Care Management, and the Probation Service.

2. Society and Public Service

You will be introduced to social policy topics covering a wide range of social and public services and modules in public sociology. This pathway prepares you for a wide range of Master’s programmes and employment in public services, NGOs, community development, youth work, social enterprise and public policy advocacy.

3. Work, Organisations and People

You will combine social policy and sociology with modules from organisational psychology and industrial relations. This pathway prepares you for study in a wide range of human organisation orientated Master’s programmes and for employment in business and personnel management, industrial relations, marketing and corporate responsibility and governance.

For detailed information on subject content click here.

International Study Opportunities

The School offers international study opportunities in universities both in Europe and further afield including

  • Germany
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Canada
  • Malta

Testimonial

“The only course I applied for after the leaving certificate was BSocSc Social Policy & Sociology in UCD. I knew from the start I wanted to be a social worker, so I chose the Social Work and Social Professions pathway in my second year. Overall this is a career orientated degree and I’ve found the course really interesting and engaging so far. I feel like it has helped me see the social world in a new way. Since my first year, I’ve been volunteering with Childline, and through that experience, I have been offered a place on UCD’s Professional Masters in Social Work when I complete my course.”

Jayson Pope, Student

Social Justice

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN700
CAO Points Range 2019: 388
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:
O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

Click below for equivalent entry requirements information for:

Why is this course for me?

The subject of Social Justice draws on a range of academic disciplines in order to advance understanding of issues such as inequality, discrimination and human rights abuses. It will appeal to those who would like to acquire the knowledge and skills to understand and challenge injustice and help bring about social change.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

At the end of their four-year programme, graduates of Social Justice have acquired knowledge and skills relevant to a range of fields of study and employment, including in-depth knowledge about the most pressing societal and global challenges of our time and advanced critical, analytical and communications skills.

The degree will provide a strong foundation for careers in: research, policy and advocacy in national and international non-governmental organisations; and public sector agencies. Relevant graduate study progammes include:

  • Equality Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Human Rights
  • International Development.

What Will I Study

Undergraduate modules in Social Justice address themes such as global poverty and inequality; gender and sexual inequality; human rights and social justice; inequality in Irish society; childhood inequality; egalitarian social movements; racism; social justice movements; political economy and social justice. Over the course of your four-year programme, you will advance your knowledge about the key social issues of the 21st century, while developing your skills in relation to critical thinking, analysis, research, problem solving and communication. An emphasis on participatory learning means that your studies will take place within a supportive and stimulating environment, where you will have the opportunity to engage with like-minded people who share your interest in social justice.

First Year

In fi rst year, you will undertake four foundational modules in Social Justice::

  • Social Justice Perspective
  • Exploring Gender
  • Global justice
  • Inequality and Social Justice in Irish Society.

Second Year

In second year, the social justice modules will develop your knowledge of racism, political economy, gender, power and politics, as well as your understanding of human rights and social justice.

Third Year

In third year, you can choose to study the ‘experiential’ modules ‘Social Justice & the City’ and ‘Social Justice Movements’ and a range of additional modules on key Social Justice issues. Students can apply to study abroad in Year three or undertake an internship.

Fourth Year

Fourth year provides the opportunity for you to enhance your research skills by engaging in a research-based module. Students will also have an opportunity to build on their knowledge of Social Justice, and of key societal issues, choosing from a range of modules addressing issues such as labour market inequality; gender, war and violence; and childhood and global justice.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the Social Justice programme, including essays, reports, presentations, reflective writing, problem-based learning, projects, examinations and critical commentaries.

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How Will I Study

Study Social Justice (BSc Social Sciences)

 

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International Study Opportunities

Study abroad for a trimester or a year in third year. Destinations include the US, Australia, China, Canada.

Testimonial

“I am currently studying Social Justice as a joint major with Politics and International Relations. I’m very satisfied with how well the two disciplines complement one another, especially in the areas of development, human rights, and public policy. The first- year modules in Social Justice are very varied and I have studied Social Justice Perspectives, which introduced us to concepts from oppression, privilege, inequalities, to questioning how we view the world due to the information we consume and reproduce. The school of Social Justice has also provided enlightening and interesting modules and its faculty members are helpful and supportive in any issues or queries students may have.”

Rory Wasylyk, Student