Social Policy & Practice - Online

Trinity College Dublin

Social Policy & Practice - Online

These are complex interdependent problems such as crime and poverty which are often resistant to the solutions put in place by governments. Students will understand the arguments for developing social policy in areas such as social security, health, housing and personal social services, and the challenges of implementing and changing policy in these areas.

This course will provide students with a stimulating online learning experience by creating a structured yet flexible learning approach. The place of study will be totally flexible as online delivery allows students to engage in many learning activities at home or in the workplace.

The Postgraduate Diploma will act as a conversion course for such graduates and would enhance their application to pursue further study on a specialised programme such as the Masters of Social Work. The programme will also appeal to applicants from other countries, especially outside the EU, and in North America who will have the opportunity to study in Ireland’s leading university with expertise in Irish, EU and international social policy.

Subjects taught

The programme consists of the following seven modules and runs over three 10-week terms from September-June: Principles of Social Policy; Contemporary Social Policy Debates and Analysis; Leading Service Human Organisations; International Criminology; The Family and Society; and Human Rights in Practice.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
The programme is open to graduates from all disciplines who are interested in converting to the field of social policy and practice. Successful applicants will hold an NFQ Level-8 degree in any subject at a minimum of lower second-class Honours degree (2.2)

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st July 2024
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Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2024

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Career Opportunities
Our graduates have found employment as social workers in Ireland and internationally, in sectors including TUSLA, Child and Family Agency, Probation Service, Health-Related Social Work, Mental Health Services, Disability Services and Community Development. Others have chosen careers in research, advocacy, service management, and education and training.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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