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Bachelor in Sociology & Social Policy

The School coordinates and contributes to a joint Sociology and Social Policy undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Policy (BA.Soc.Soc.Pol).

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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Course Structure

The fundamental aim of the degree programme is to give students a thorough training in the systematic study of society and its social issues. The subjects studied include general social science disciplines such as economics and politics, and specialist areas such as family policy, welfare policy, criminology and the extent of poverty and inequality.

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. Students also have the opportunity to study a language and to spend half or all of their third year studying at distinguished universities in Europe, Australia and North America.

Visit the Course Structure and Study Abroad sections to find out more.

Is it for me?

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.

Visit the Careers Advisory Service to see the varied career paths taken by Sociology and Social Policy graduates.

What are the entry requirements?

In 2018 minimum CAO entry points 452 points with 28 places being available in the programme. Please visit the Study at Trinity website for additional details regarding admissions requirements.