BA (Hons) Social Science - Full-time

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

Overview

DBS Social Science  

Whether your interest is in progressing towards a career in the field of social care, professional social research or policy analysis, or whether you are interested in a broad-based undergraduate education, the BA (Hons) in Social Science is the degree for you. Social Science is the interdisciplinary study of human society. It draws upon disciplines such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, and applied social studies such as social policy analysis and social work. The hallmark of the BA (Hons) in Social Science is to provide the intellectual rigour of the older disciplines and to emphasise the practical aspects of social science research.

Aims and Objectives

From social policy and aging to language and crime, learners will be challenged to think in a rigorous and scientific way about social processes, institutions and policies. From the first to the final year of the programme there is a consistent emphasis on training learners to carry out their own research and to critically challenge the world around them.

Course Content

The BA (Hons) in Social Science programme has the following content.

​Year 1

​Year 2

​Year 3

Core Modules

Introduction to Sociology

Criminology

Psychology for Social Science

Social Policy - Historical and Cultural Perspectives

Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

Skills for Personal Success

Learning to Learn in Social Sciences

Core Modules

Economic Sociology

Exploring Political Issues in Ireland

Counselling Theory and Group Facilitation Skills

Social Care, Social Justice and the Caring Professions

Critical Concepts in Sociology

Qualitative Research and Data Analysis

Quantitative Research and Data Analysis

Employability Skills

Social Science in Action Project

Core Modules

Social Science Research Project

Globalisation and Culture

Sociology of Families, Intimacies and Personal Life

Social Policy - Contemporary Implementation

Social Policy - Poverty and Social Inclusion

Exploring Social Theories

Employability in Action

Lifelong Learning

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 (Hons) in Social Science 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. Furthermore, students also undertake a research project under the guidance of a supervisor.

Transfer Learners

Learners holding relevant qualifications at Level 7 may qualify for entry to the final year of this degree. Currently DBS’s BA Social Studies programme offers one such pathway for progression.

Career Opportunities

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  organisation, the communications industry and the emerging information sector have also shown high levels of demand for graduates trained in social scientific research methods.

Employment opportunites for social science students include

Disability Support Officer

• Special Needs Assistant

• Adult Education Tutor

• Social Work

• Migrant Support

• Community and Welfare Support

• Youth Work

• Research Assistant


Graduates of this programme are also eligible to apply for various Postgraduate programmes at DBS.

Fees

The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Social Science are €5,650 per annum.

For a full list of Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 2016/2017 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 €2,000 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​6

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
QQI AWARD LOGO (1)
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 8 
Award Title: 
BA (Hons) Social Science
Award Type: Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB566

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2016. Contact our admissions team for more information

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