BA in Social Studies - Full-time

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

Overview

DBS Social Studies

What is Social Studies?

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies provides the academic basis for work in the broad spectrum of areas known as ‘social care’. Social care involves working with vulnerable populations who experience disadvantage or who are marginalised. The BA in Social Studies equips lecturers with a broad social science education, while also providing a specific focus on the area of social care, thus enabling them to investigate, interpret and understand societal changes and forces often felt at the level of the community or the individual. This degree programme is aimed at those interested in the social sciences and at those interested in working in social care, particularly in the non-profit making and private sectors.

Aims and Objectives

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.

 

Course Content

The BA in Social Studies programme has the following content.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Core Modules

Foundations of Sociology

IT and Social Studies Project

Social Policy- Cultural Ideology

Introduction to Social Care Practice

Psychology for Social Studies

Skills for Personal Success in Social Studies

Learning to Learn in Social Studies

Core Modules

Youth and Children Studies

Sociology of Ireland

Health Studies

Contemporary Social Policy

Foundation Quantitative Research Methods

Foundation Qualitative Research Methods

Employability and Skills for Social Studies

 

Core Modules

Political and Economic Issues for Social Studies

Interpersonal Communication: Group Facilitation and Counselling

Crime, Society and Irish Law

Gender and Sexuality

Computing for Qualitative Research

Computing for Quantitative Research

Career Discovery in Action

DBS Employability Pillar

In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Year 3

Employability in Action

Lifelong Learning: Learning for Life

Year 2

Employability Skills

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Year 1

Learning to Learn

Communication For Personal Success

The DBS Employability Pillar, which runs throughout the duration of the degree, will demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and their applicability in ‘real-life’ situations, projects undertaken and how they are applied in different circumstances so that students can take ownership of your own career management. Students will be able to develop realistic career plans and initiate and sustain professional networks and relationships to encourage opportunities for employment and internships. Students will present themselves and their skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications, through effective job applications, CVs, interviews and voluntary activities. This will enable students to develop the necessary skills to compete effectively for a broad range of employment, postgraduate study options and innovative opportunities available to them and further develop lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

Teaching and Assessment

The BA Social Studies is taught mainly through lectures and tutorials, with learners taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside scheduled class contact times. Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays, reports learning journals and presentations, individual and group assignments and formal examinations. The majority of subjects are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.

Structure

This is a 3 year programme. The programme is divided into three levels and students take the programme in its entirety.

In Level 1, students undertake introductory subjects that are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of core disciplines to provide a platform for more advanced study.

In Level 2, students take subjects that build on the level 1 foundation and further develop student knowledge and understanding.

In Level 3, students take subjects intended to develop understanding of applied areas and key subjects.

Transfer Learners

Learners holding relevant qualifications at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications may qualify for entry to the second or third year of this programme.

 

Career Opportunities

Social care involves working with vulnerable populations who experience disadvantage or who are marginalised - for example, people with disabilities, people who are homeless or have dependencies, families in the community, older people and recent immigrants. 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. Graduates of this programme may progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Social Science Level 8 programme at DBS.

Fees

The fees for Full-time BA in Social Studies are €5,650 per annum.

For a full list of Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 201​7/201​8 click here. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €​3,000 and up to €7,000.

Next Steps

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code www.cao.ie.   Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.  

 
 

EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person:  

(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or 
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

There is a standard application fee of €40 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form, or €25 if submitting an online application to www.cao.ie before the closing date. Late applicants to CAO will be charged €80 for paper applications and €50 for online applications.

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 201​7

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
QQI AWARD LOGO (1)
Award: Ordinary Bachelor Degree 
NFQ Level:
Level 7
Award Title:
BA in Social Studies
Award Type: 
Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB575

Contact Us

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