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Bachelor in Sociology & Social Policy

Introduction

The degree in Sociology and Social Policy combines the study of social theory, social policy and social research. The aim of the programme is to give students a thorough training in the systematic study of society and its social problems. Sociology and Social Policy are closely inter-related and have in common a questioning of everyday perspectives and explanations. They also share a range of particular research methods.

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For whom is the B.A. in Sociology & Social Policy designed?
This degree is managed jointly by the School of Social Work & Social Policy and School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. It combines academic and vocational elements. It is particularly relevant to those wishing to pursue a career in management, planning and evaluation within the social services field, as well as to those with a general interest in society and social policy.

Two groups of students are admitted within an annual quota of approximately 28 places:

  • CAO: approximately 20 school leavers; who reach the required points needed for entry.
  • Mature Students Scheme: approximately 8 mature applicants selected by interview.

Module Registration Forms

Module Registration forms for the 2014/15 academic year can be downloaded here
Forms are also available from the BESS/Course Office located at Room 3023, Arts Building.

Course Structure and Content

Over the four years, students take courses in general social science disciplines, such as economics and political science, and specialist courses in areas such as family, gender, crime, poverty and inequality. The first two years are more general and foundational in nature, while the latter two years are more focused on specialist courses in sociology and social policy.

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Junior Freshman (Year 1) Module Options 2014-2015
Compulsory modules
SS1765 Introduction to Social Policy: Social Policy Concepts / Irish Welfare State
SO1311 Introduction to Sociology
PO1603 Politics and Irish Society

EC1040
OR
EC1010

Students must take either EC1010 or EC1040
Introduction to Economic Policy
or
Introduction to Economics

 
Optional Modules: Students must choose two of the following modules
LA1240 Introduction to Law
SS1730 Introduction to Psychology
EC1030 Mathematics and Statistics
FR1040 French language
GR1004 German language
PLF100 Polish language
RUF100 Russian language
RUF603 Introduction to Central, East European and Russian Area Studies

Students must choose modules equivalent to 60 ECTS credits.
Each module is worth 10 ECTS.

 

Senior Freshman (Year 2) Module Options 2014-2015
Compulsory modules (Each module is worth 10 ECTS)
SS2767 Irish Social Policy I ( Housing Policy & Health Policy)
SS2785 Irish Social Policy 2 (Crime and Irish Society & Children and Society)
   
Optional Modules: Students must choose two of the following modules
SO2310 Introduction to Social Research (10 credits)
SO2330 European Societies (10 credits)
SO2342 Gender, Culture and Society (10 credits)
SO2350 Power, State and Social Movements (10 credits)
   
Optional Modules: Students must choose two of the following modules (Not already chosen)
EC2020 The Economy of Ireland (10 credits)
EC2030 The Economics of Public Policy (10 credits)
PO2610 History of Political Thought (10 credits)
PO2640 International Relations (10 credits)
PO2650 Comparative Politics (10 credits)
SO2310 Introduction to Social Research (10 credits)
SO2330 European Societies (10 credits)
SO2342 Gender, Culture and Society (10 credits)
SO2350 Power, State and Social Movements (10 credits)
SS2139 Introduction to Irish Family Law (5 credits)
BC Broad Curriculum (5 credits)
FR2040 French (10 ECTS) For students who have completed JF Level only
GR2004 German (10 ECTS) For students who have completed JF Level only
PLF200 Polish (10 ECTS) For students who have completed JF Level only
RUF200 Russian (10 ECTS) For students who have completed JF Level only

Students must choose modules equivalent to 60 ECTS credits.

 

Junior Sophister (Year 3) Module Options 2014-2015
Optional Modules: Students must choose two of the following modules (20 credits)
SO3200 Social Theory (10 credits)
SO3230 Globalisation and Development (10 credits)
SO3240 Researching Society (10 credits)
SO3250 Race, Ethnicity and Identity (10 credits)
SO3260 Social Inequality (10 credits)
   
Optional Modules: Students must choose two of the following modules (20 credits)
SS3380 Comparative Welfare States (10 credits)
SS3390 Crime and Social Policy (10 credits)

SS3401

Families,Youth and Society: Contemporary Issues (10 credits)

 
Optional Modules: Students must choose two of the following modules not already selected
EC3040 Economics of Less Developed Countries (10 credits)
EC3060 Economics of Policy Issues (10 credits)
SO3200 Social Theory (10 credits)
SO3230 Globalisation and Development (10 credits)
SO3240 Researching Society (10 credits)
SO3250 Race, Ethnicity and Identity (10 credist)
SO3260 Social Inequality (10 credits)
SS3380 Comparative Welfare States (10 credits)
SS3390 Crime and Social Policy (10 credits)
SS3401 Families, Youth and Society: Contemporary Issues (10 credits)
PO3630 Irish Politics (10 credits)
PO3650 Government and Politics of USA (10 credits)
PO3670 Democracy and Development (10 credits)
PO3680 European Union Politics (10 credits)
LA3435 Public Interest Law (Must have LA1240) (10 credits)
LA3439 Public International Law (Must have LA1240) (10 credits)

Students must choose modules equivalent to 60 ECTS credits.
Each module is worth 10 ECTS.
Students may choose to study abroad under the Erasmus Programme in the third year.

 

Senior Sophister (Year 4) Module Options 2014-2015
Compulsory module
SO4200 Sociology Dissertation (15 credits)
 
Optional Modules: Students must choose three of the following modules
SO4230 Economic Sociology of Europe (15 credits)
SO4253 Conflict Studies (15 credits)
SO4291 Popular Culture and Digital Lives (15 credits)
SO4292 Migration (15 credits)
SS4722 Poverty, Inequality and Redistribution (15 credits)
SS4830 Ageing Societies(15 credits)

Students must choose modules equivalent to 60 ECTS credits.
Each module is worth 15 ECTS.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place in lectures, seminars, and project groups. Assessment methods vary according to subject and course; both examination and continuous assessment are used.

Admission

School leavers identify BA (Sociology & Social Policy - TR 083) on their CAO application form. Mature Student applicants apply to the Admissions Office, Trinity College, by the end of January and also apply through the CAO.

Contact us

The Sociology and Social Policy Course Office is located in Room 3023 in the Arts Building.

Director: Ms Judy O'Shea
Course Administrator: Martina Ní Chochláin
Tel: +353-1-896 1298
Email: socpol@tcd.ie
Website: www.social-phil.tcd.ie/socpol

 

 

 

 



Last updated 27 July 2015 Social Work & Social Policy (Email).