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Social Science

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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As a student of Social Science, you will study a wide range of contemporary policy areas and issues in society, such as employment, education, health, housing, inequality, poverty, drugs, criminal justice, ageing and gender.
The course includes theoretical, historical and comparative approaches. You will develop skills in policy analysis and research, and complete a third year project.

During the first year, students also choose one subject from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, or Philosophy.

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From College Website...
MH107 - Social Science
Maynooth University

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MH107 - Social Science
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
  5M5028  Applied Ecology
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
ECAXX    Community Arts
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
EMPXX    Media Production
  5M1761  Intellectual Disability Practice
DCXXX  6M2007  Early Childhood Care and Education
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support

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There is an optional Erasmus study year abroad

Graduates find careers in policy analysis, social research, social work, community and youth work.

Careers also in managaement and public administration, in the NGO sector, journalism, and the media.

A Postgraduate Masters in Social Work qualifies graduates for a career as a Professional Social Worker.

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