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Social Care & Social Justice

The aim of this programme is to allow students to critically analyse social care and social justice as it is currently conceived and explore its applications to a range of service and user groups to enhance their capacity to act as a force for progressive social change.

Students will reflectively interrogate their own identities and positioning, developing practical skills around advocacy, lobbying, activism etc. to allow them to lead and become leaders of change within their given area. There are 4 key learning objectives which underpin this programme, they are:

1.To critique redistributive and social justice. Redistribution which is defined as equitable distribution of wealth/income/goods/services.

2.To practice the values of recognition and respect in all social care domains and in society generally (for social and cultural differences and the promotion of diversity in all its forms).

3.To facilitate representation at the personal, organisational and political level in society (the capacity / opportunity to actively participate in decision making).

4.To redress unequal relations and promote the concept of relationality in all aspects of social care to promote social inclusion, social justice and equality. (Relationality is the promotion of equal healthy relationships in the affective domain in society and the challenging of unequal power dynamics in family, organisational and in other social relationships. Also the capacity to access care for oneself and undertake care for others).

All these objectives require students to develop critical reflection upon and the ability to initiate and effect change geared towards the realisation of the above objectives.

Entry requirements

All applicants will be considered through a selection process. Key requirements include:

•2.2 Honours Degree in Social Care or in a cognate discipline

Desirable: Two years industry experience.

•Students who do not have the above will be considered through the process of RPL/RPE
•Successful interview


Duration: 3 semesters (PGDip) 1 further semester (add-on MA).

Delivery: Blended, online, with a five-day residential workshop (Mon-Fri) each semester.

Attendance requirements – 18 hours online and 18 hours on campus learning per subject. Students will begin the course with a 6 day residential in IT Sligo to facilitate induction into the college followed by weekly online lectures.

Each module will involve 18 hours online classes and 18 hours on campus face-to-face learning which will be incorporated into a 5 day residential.

Number of credits

PGDip – 60 ECTS credits:
MA – PGDip 30 ECTS credits (ECTS = European Credit Transfer System).

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
This programme provides graduates with expert knowledge in the social care and social justice fields and therefore graduates are expected to progress up their personal career ladders in areas such as policy, research, management and leadership within specific organisations.

Further enquiries

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Introduction to Social Justice Theory & Practice 10
Title: Social Transformation 10

Semester 2
Human Rights Policy & Law 10
Care and Justice 10

Semester 3
Social Locations: An intersectional approach 10
Research Design and Development 10

Semester 4
Social Inclusion and Diversity 10
Research Project 20


Accredited by: IT Sligo through delegated authority from QQI Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Application date

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2018

Course fee

€800 per ten credit module.

Enrolment and start dates

Intake: September.

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