The B.A. (Honours) in Social, Political and Community Studies is a 4 Year Level 8 Programme designed to engage learners in exploring sociological and political issues, human rights, equality and social change at a local, national and international level. The programme provides students with the relevant knowledge, skills and competencies to engage in professional work in the community and non-profit sectors, as well as further postgraduate study, if desired.
The course includes practical projects, working with different communities, learning skills in community arts and social media, project planning and management, research and critical analysis, reflective practice, strategic thinking, problem solving, mediation and facilitation. The programme offers opportunities for developing knowledge and skills through working on practical student-led projects with communities and the internship which gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in an area of work that is of interest to them.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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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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|Note: Information for 2019 Entry|
|Old Code||New Code||Award Title|
|ELESX||5M2073||Language and European Studies|
|ECHSX||5M2154||Cultural and Heritage Studies|
|EASSX||5M2181||Applied Social Studies|
|EETXX||5M3635||Education and Training|
|DCHSX||5M4468||Community Health Services|
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
The programme aims to meet educational requirements for employment in the broad field of community, voluntary and non-profit work. Staff on the programme have extensive experience of working in the sector and continue to have excellent working relationships with many community and non-profit organisations which provides an added benefit to learners in relation to placement and career opportunities.
Graduates of this programme find employment in in the broad field of community, voluntary and non-profit work, including rural and urban community development, social justice, advocacy, equality and rights-based approaches, health and well-being, environmental and ecological, community and development education and overseas development.