MSocSc Health, Wellbeing & Society
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSocSc programme will help you to develop an in-depth and critical understanding of health and wellbeing issues and policy as well as instruction in social analysis and research methods.
The following are some of the key themes covered in the programme:
Changing and emerging definitions of health, illness and the body;
Gender identities, health and wellbeing;
Global health and healthcare systems.
The Programme was developed for people with an interest, and or professional focus, in the area of Health and Illness. It is designed to facilitate you in terms of career development or to progress further in academic research.
Health practitioners, researchers and those working in a variety of social policy, health and care organisations (such as the HSE) have taken this course although the majority of entrants are recent graduates in Sociology, Social Science or related disciplines (psychology, philosophy, human geography, history, politics, and economics).
This programme was developed for people with a generic interest in, and/or professional focus, in the broad area of Health and Illness. It is designed to facilitate students in terms of career development or to progress further in academic research. It is relevant to those who wish to develop or enhance their knowledge and skills in relation to a range of factors that impinge on personal and population health and on local and global health policy. Researchers and those working in a variety of social policy, health and care organisations (such as the HSE) have taken this course although the majority of entrants are recent university graduates in Sociology, Social Science or related disciplines (psychology, philosophy, human geography, history, politics, and economics and medical practitioners). More recently, the course has also attracted and physicians. It is currently open to full time students, for professionals and practitioners working in the health or related health field. Students will develop both historical and cross-cultural perspectives of health as well as a critical and reflective approach to the issues raised. They will be introduced to key and cutting-edge theoretical approaches in the field. The goal is to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to constructively challenge policies and related practices, individually or as part of a team, so they can develop their own and others leadership and advocacy skills. To this end students are expected to produce and present seminars for critical discussion and debate. The training will provide a number of important skills that are transferable across a wide range of fields such as data collection, critical analysis, how to use IT systems to retrieve and evaluate knowledge and information, and how to give confidently give oral presentations using modern technology. These are essential skills for future professional or academic development. The programme uses a range of learning strategies including didactic teaching, seminars and small group learning, computer assisted learning and case studies.
Have an appreciation of cross-cultural and historical health care systems
Illustrate a critical understanding of the theoretical and empirical foundations of health, illness and wellbeing in society
Demonstrate an understanding of patterns of health, illness and wellbeing in contemporary society
Show critical knowledge of social science research methodologies pertaining to the area of health, wellbeing and society
Successfully complete a substantial piece of research through an individually-supervised dissertation
Express communication, reading, presentation and writing skills appropriate to field of health, wellbeing and society