The programme is structured around four years, combining four block campus based modules (3–5 days duration) per year. Each block workshop consists of taught seminars, small group work, self directed learning, individual and small group tutorials. Participants will be expected to participate in online learning in between block modules. Students will complete 360 credits over four years, which are divided equally between continuous assessment in the first two years and a final research thesis of some 40–50,000 words in years three and four.
The DSocSc programme modules will focus on topics of particular relevance to youth work, community work and rights contexts. In addition, students will be able to avail of modules develeloped by the Faculty of Social Sciences as well as those offered through the DRHEA. The taught modules offered will include:
1. Social science, the social professions and the foundations of social research (15 credits)
2. Critical Debates in Practice (15 credits)
3. Participatory and Feminist Analysis and Research (15 credits)
4. Social Research Debates & Processes (15 credits)
5. Research Design (15 cred its)
6. Governance, Organisations, Leadership and Change (15 credits)
7. Realising Rights: Social Policy Debates & Issues (15 credits)
8. Professional Practice: Perspectives on Development, Gender, Diversity and Conflict & Mediation Studies (15 credits)
It will not necessary to have a research project in mind when applying though students will have identified a substantive topic by the end of the first year. In years three and four, the modules will be tailored to suit participants' research interests and will focus on ensuring thesis completion in the agreed timeframe. In addition, interested participants will have the oportunity to prepare a Conference Presentation (5 credits) or engage in a Professional Publication Project (5 credits).
Full details will be available on the Departmental website.