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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.

This exciting, interesting and thought provoking programme gives you the opportunity to examine the fields of social care and social justice as a collaborative and complementary subject area.

As a blended learning programme, it provides a flexibility that is not always possible within Masters awards.

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

• Two years of professional practice experience in a relevant field.

Students who do not meet the above criteria can apply to be considered through the process of RPL/RPE. More information on this process can be found at the following link: learning/about/recognition-of-prior-learning/

All applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited for an interview.

Successful interview applicants will be offered a place on the programme.


Duration: 3 semesters (PGDip) 1 further semester (add-on MA).
Delivery: Blended, online, with a five-day residential workshop (Mon-Fri) each semester.

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.

What are my further study opportunities?
Doctoral Studies in Social Care or Social Justice Discipline, Research, Policy, can be explored. Other opportunities exist, depending on your personal goals.

Further enquiries

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510

Subjects taught

Semester 1
• Introduction to Social Justice Theory & Practice 10
• Social Transformation 10
• Management and Leadership in Social Care 05
• Research Design and Development 05

Semester 2
• Care Work and Social Justice 10
• Human Rights Policy & Law 10
• Social Locations: An intersectional approach 10
• Social Inclusion and Diversity 10
• Final 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: 30th August 2019

Course fee

€800 per ten credit module.

Enrolment and start dates

Intake: September.

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