The Programme will include the following core modules:
•Leadership and strategic managment in social care
•Legal issues for social care managers
•Contemporary practice and ethical perspectives
•Integrated seminars, theory to practice
•Governance in the field of social care; Critical debates for social care managers
•Critical social policy
•Organisations: Culture, Change and Learning
•Research methods and Dissertation
Students will have the opportunity to avail of a range of elective modules from other MA Programmes in the School (run subject to viable group sizes). Examples include:
Employment Law is crucial to the effective management of any multi-person organisation. Building on the Contracts and Torts modules, this module serves to equip the student with knowledge and understanding of the core principles, concepts and rules of Irish Employment Law, with particular reference to the statutory framework under which the employer-employee relationship is regulated and to the role of the manager as employer or employer's agent.
Interventions in child and adolescent mental health explores the conceptualization of interventions for infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of mental health problems, with a view to promoting critical awareness of the effectiveness of these interventions.
Youth Offending and Youth Justice Perspectives focuses on the both the causes of juvenile offending and the social response to it in the light of what is known about the nature and circumstances of delinquent behaviour. Sentencing and placement options in Ireland and in other jurisdictions are critically appraised.
Risk, Protection and Resilience of Children and Vulnerable Adults addresses pertinent safety issues in contemporary society. It examines the protection of children and vulnerable adults from different theoretical perspectives and from the individual, the family and the community perspectives.
Victimology: theory and measurement provides students with a thorough grounding in theoretical and practical aspects of victimology and allows them develop critical evaluative skills in these areas. Particular attention will be paid to measurement issues pertaining to prevalence of crime.
Perspectives on Ageing develops understandings of ageing and old age. It critically examines public policies towards older people in Irish society with a particular focus on well being and social integration.
Cultural and Socio-Linguistic Diversity will address the change in Irish demographics that reflect significant diversity in minority culture groups and languages used in Ireland. Cultural identity, ethnicity, racism and sociolinguistics will be examined. Language in society will be critically analysed. Knowledge anthropology, ethnicity, and the acquisition of multilingual competencies will be examined.