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Sociology and Social Policy

B.A. ; 4 years ; 28 places ; CAO points: 487 (2017) ; CAO code: TR083

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  • Sociology and Social Policy, 4 years, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

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    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1840

    socpol@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/sociology/undergraduate/sociology-and-social-policy/

    What is Sociology and Social Policy?

    Sociology and Social Policy combines the study of social theory, social policy and social research. The programme aims to give you a thorough training in the systematic study of society, contemporary social issues and the role of social policy in comparative country contexts. At the end of your four years you should have developed both a general sociological understanding, specific expertise in various contemporary policy issues as well as in the process of policy making.

    Sociology and Social Policy: The course for you?

    Curious about social and economic policy issues around the world? Searching for a course that demands both academic and vocational qualities? Interested in understanding society, its social problems and have a desire to make a difference? Then Sociology and Social Policy may be the degree for you. It is a unique programme which combines the study of social theory, social policy and social research.

    It is particularly relevant to students intending to pursue a career in research, social policy analysis and evaluation, management and planning within the social services, both voluntary and statutory, as well as to those with a general interest in society and social policy.

    Sociology and Social Policy @ Trinity

    Trinity’s School of Social Sciences and Philosophy is at the forefront of research and teaching across the disciplines of Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology  and the Sociology Department is ranked 1st in Ireland and in the top 40 in Europe and in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018).

    Trinity’s School of Social Work and Social Policy consists of a community of scholars with internationally recognised expertise and excellence in policy issues and research, making it uniquely placed to forge connections between teaching, research and policy influence. Social Policy in Trinity has achieved a ranking in the QS top 50-100 universities worldwide, which is the highest ranking for a university in Ireland in this subject category.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    The range of employment opportunities in the area of social and public policy continues to expand. This is a particularly relevant degree for those interested in pursuing a career in the formulation of policy in the public sector, community development and voluntary/non-profit sectors. Graduates of the programme have secured employment as social researchers, policy analysts government advisors and journalists recruited by companies such as Eurodesk (Brussels Link), the Web Summit, Inner City Organisation Network, Focus Ireland, Migrant Rights Centre, the public service, Reiss and various education facilities, to name but a few.

    The course also provides a solid foundation for specialist postgraduate courses in the areas of social research, social policy and social work.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    The fundamental aim of the degree programme is to give students a thorough training in the systematic study of society, contemporary social issues and how policy works. Sociology introduces students to the theories that explain social behaviour and relationships. Key themes will focus on the family, work, European societies and globalisation, conflict, migration and racism, social movements, social theories and social research. Social policy focuses on social issues and social problems and is concerned with understanding the place of policy in addressing need and promoting well-being. Key modules will enable students to answer some of the following very topical questions: What are social policies and why do we need them? Who makes social policy and how? Who benefits from social policy and what are its wider effects? Who provides and who pays for social policies? What kinds of policy responses have been applied to key social areas e.g. homelessness, ageing, crime, families and youth?  How can we know what works in social policy?  How do we re-direct policy that has been found to be ineffective or have unintended consequences?

    The two academic subjects are closely interrelated and have in common a questioning of everyday perspectives and explanations. They also share a range of particular research methods. An essential objective of the programme is to equip students with a range of research skills so that they can both critically interpret existing research and conduct their own. Social research is the foundation for the scientific understanding of social phenomena. This programme introduces students to the theory and methods of social research. Students can expect to learn the entire process for conducting social research and evaluating the research conducted by others.  At the end of the programme, students undertake their own Capstone research project under one-to-one supervision of a member of our Schools to consolidate their learning from across the four years of study.

    The subjects studied include general social science disciplines such as economics and politics, and specialist areas such as family policy, housing policy, poverty and criminology. The first and second years are more general and foundational in nature, while the third and fourth years will focus more specifically on sociology and social policy. A strength of the course is that it explores these issues in a genuinely comparative context. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and group project work utilizing innovative approaches enhanced by digital technologies. Assessment is by a combination of continuous assessment, written submissions, class presentations, written examinations and a final year Capstone project.

    FIRST YEAR

    In first year you will take Introductory modules in Sociology, Social Policy, Political Science and Economic Policy. Approved modules include Mathematics and Statistics; Introduction to Law; a choice of language (French, German, Russian, Polish), Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Central, East European and Russian Area Studies.

    SECOND YEAR

    The second year places greater emphasis on social policy and sociology modules. Sociology modules include Introduction to Social Research Methods; Social Theory; Gender, Work and Family and Power, State and Social Movements. Irish Social Policy modules include Poverty, Housing and Homelessness and Crime and Migration policy. Students may also select other social science modules such as Economy of Ireland; Economics of Public Policy; History of Political Thought; International Relations; Comparative Politics; Introduction to Irish Family Law; French, German, Russian, Polish language, and Trinity Electives.

    In first and second years students typically have two lectures and one tutorial per week for each module.

    THIRD YEAR

    The choice of modules available in third year typically includes sociology modules such as: Globalisation and Development, Researching Society, Race, Ethnicity and Identity, Social Stratification and Inequalities, Comparative Sociology of Europe. Social policy modules include Life Course and Evolving Welfare States and Families, Managing Public Service Organisations and Understanding Youth and Society. Students may also select modules from Economics and Political Science such as: Economics of Less Developed Countries, Economics of Policy Issues, Irish Politics, Democracy and Development, Public Interest Law, and International Law.

    FOURTH YEAR

    The choice of modules available in fourth year typically includes: Poverty, Inequality and Redistribution; Ageing Societies; Disability and Global Human Rights; Conflict Studies; Social Networks and Digital Lives; Labour Markets, Gender and Institutions and Migration, Mobilities and Integration.

    Many of the modules in third and fourth years deal specifically with Ireland and with European and global contexts. In the final year you will research and write a Capstone project on a topic of your choice under one-to-one supervision from a member of our Schools.

    Study abroad

    Students have the opportunity to study abroad in their third year at prestigious universities in countries such as Sweden, France, Malta, Finland and the Czech Republic.

    Laura Bambrick: B.A. Sociology and Social Policy Graduate (2004)

    From the first lecture the role of social policy in poverty and inequality was made clear. I learned to question everything I had known or had passed me unnoticed. These analytical skills would later allow me to influence policymaking at the highest levels.

    After Trinity, I completed a Masters and PhD in Social Policy at the University of Oxford. 

    I worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations Headquarters in New York; in the Social Justice and Policy Unit of the Society of Vincent de Paul National Office; in the Minister’s Office in the Department of Social Protection and in the Office of the Tánaiste. I am currently the Social Policy Officer at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

    Studying Social Policy in Trinity opened up opportunities beyond imagination in giving me a world-class education from lecturers who continue to support me long after I graduated.

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    Duration

    4 years

    CAO Points Required

    487 (2017)

    Number of Places

    28

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR083

    Minimum entry points required are 487 (2017)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

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    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Sociology and Social Policy, 4 years, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1840

    socpol@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/sociology/undergraduate/sociology-and-social-policy/