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Social Studies - Advanced Professional Practice

This programme is tailored to meet the needs of graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds who wish to continue their professional development. Addressing today’s most pressing social challenges demands an ability to understand how research, policy and practice are critically important in shaping efficient and effective work based activities. The aim of the masters is to develop a critical practice path that is relevant and significant for graduates already working across care, education, health, welfare and related areas and new graduates who wish to further develop their skills prior to embarking on a career in their chosen field.

HOW IS THE PROGRAMME DELIVERED?
Students will learn through a combination of:
• interaction and exchange of experiences and perspectives with a diverse peer group. A learning community, in which participants enlighten, challenge and motivate each other;

• students will work with staff whose role is to stimulate learning, facilitate, challenge and question as well as provide specialist knowledge;

• inputs from practitioners with national and international experience;

• learning activities and assessments that require participants to reflect on their own practice and experiment with new approaches;

• learning activities and assessments that enable the participant to analyse and evaluate their own organisations and to compare and contrast with best practice elsewhere;

• live organisational projects to provide a realism that prepares participants for acting in a context characterised by complexity, continuous change and uncertainty;

• group working that promotes learning about diversity and the interactive attributes of communication, interpersonal and teamworking skills;

• a range of teaching and learning methods, catering for different learning styles;

• use of e-learning tools to facilitate blended learning.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a minimum of a 2:2 Honours Bachelor Degree (level 8). Ideally the primary degree should be in Health Care, Social Studies, Education, Early Childhood, Youth and Community Practice or a similarly practice-based discipline or equivalent professional qualifications.

NOTE: Overseas candidates who have not studied their degree through English are required to achieve a TOEFL score of at least 550 or IELTS score of at least 6.0.

Duration

2 years

Further enquiries

Dr. Colm O’Doherty
Department of Social Sciences
E: colm.odoherty@staff.ittralee.ie
T: +353 (0)66 71 91833

Dr. Tom Farrelly
Department of Social Sciences
E: tom.farrelly@staff.ittralee.ie
T: +353 (0)66 71 91955
www.ittralee.ie/postgraduate

Enrolment and start dates

Apply directly to IT Tralee.

Note the next intake to this course will be in September 2018.

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