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DB575
Social Studies

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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 QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3 Years
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Learners will be introduced to social science research methods and theories, to the role of social care in Ireland – in terms of trends, the regulatory and legislative framework, and the different models of social care. Other issues addressed from a social science perspective are social policy, political and economic issues in a societal context, human sexuality, and the psychology of the individual in a social and developmental context.

Through the research methods modules in the course learners are equipped with the skills to carry out their own research while developing their understanding of the ways in which data gathering and analysis informs social thought. The BA in Social Studies prepares students for work, alone or in teams, in contexts ranging from day care to community work or research management.

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Often, today, social studies graduates work for non-profit organisations and in community organisations. The social science research methods components of this programme will also equip learners with the skills for work in a variety of research contexts, for example on funded research projects. Non-governmental organisations, the communications industry and the emerging information sector have also shown high levels of demand for graduates trained in social scientific research methods.



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