The MSocSc (Social Policy) core modules include:
Contemporary Social Policy Issues
Social Research: Methodology and Ethics
Social Policy Analysis
Students are also required to conduct a piece of social research and submit a 25,000 word thesis.
You will also pursue a specialist pathway from one of the following:
Children and Young People
Designed for a wide range of professionals working with children and young people. You are encouraged to reflect on policy, theory and practice. Topics covered include: children and young people in society; childrens rights, participation and democratic engagement; and researching childhood and youth.
Mental Health and Disability
Helps you understand key perspectives in the areas of mental health and disability, and their implications for policy, research and practice. Issues of human rights and citizenship are given particular attention.
Conflict, Transformation and Peace Building
Explores the causes and dynamics of conflict in society, and looks at grassroots and governmental approaches to peace-building internationally. Conflict in Ireland and the peace process in the North will act as a focus. Transitional justice and nation-building in post-conflict societies will also be considered.
Critical Social Policy
Gives you an advanced understanding of social policy theory, and the skills needed to analyse key contemporary social policy issues. You will be encouraged to theorise and critically examine the implications of recent trends for social policy and welfare states.
Further details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar.