OUTLINE OF THE BSocSc DEGREE PATHWAYS

The Bachelor of Social Science Degree provides the opportunity for you to study core social science disciplines. Students usually take a Joint Major in two subjects, the most common choice being Social Policy and Sociology. Other major subjects on offer within the Degree are Archaeology, Economics, Geography, Information Studies, Philosophy and Politics. Remember whatever path you select, the overall award that you will receive is a Bachelor of Social Science Degree and your transcript will list your subjects (e.g. Social Policy and Sociology) along with the list of all of the modules you have undertaken with the result of each and your overall Grade Point Average Result (GPA).

The paths that you are offered at Stage 2 are tools to help you to choose from the subjects and the wide range of modules on offer within the Bachelor of Social Science Degree. When you enter Stage 2 of the Bachelor of Social Science Degree you will be able to opt for one of the paths of study that reflects your academic/vocational interests. There are 8 named paths as described below. This leaflet sets out the overall structure and orientation of each of the paths. For further information on the modules attached to each path, please see http://www.ucd.ie/students/course.search.htm and click on Social Science. You can consult with the Programme Office staff to help you reach a decision that is best for you.

The objective of the revised Bachelor of Social Science Degree is to offer you a combination of modules in 8 structured paths to help you to identify your degree, postgraduate and career direction. Remember, if none of these paths are what you would ideally choose, other combinations of modules are possible. Please be very careful to consult with the Programme Office if you are thinking about this. The Programme Office staff can help you choose a set of modules that will give coherence to your overall Bachelor of Social Science Degree in these circumstances.

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This path is for you if you are interested, or think you might be interested, in a career in social work. It provides the opportunity for you to test out your vocational interest in this area within the broad framework of the degree. As well as modules that help you to understand the social context in which social workers operate, you will be offered specific modules on social work to provide an introduction to social work theories and methods. This path also provides a module that will introduce you to the different fields of social work practice (such as child protection and welfare, hospital based social work, probation) and small group teaching on basic skills of client communication, intervention and assessment. Some modules in psychology (limited places) are offered which are relevant but not essential for this path.

Overall Structure of this Path

For this path you must take a Joint Major in Social Policy together with a Joint Major in Sociology or another Social Science subject such as Politics or Economics.

* Special Note on this Path: Social Policy as a major subject is a requirement for the Masters of Social Science (Social Work) Course in UCD as it is for most of the similar courses in other Irish universities.

If the inter-relationship between the human and physical environment is of particular interest to you, then this path offers the opportunity to pursue this area within the broad framework of a social science degree. The specific modules on offer will enable you to explore the impact of environmental, economic and social policies on people’s living environment. You will be encouraged to relate and apply what you learn at a number of different levels, local, national and global. Relevant optional modules in areas such as Archaeology, Politics and Law will be indicated for this path.

Overall Structure of this Path

For this path, you take a Joint Major in Geography and a Joint Major in Social Policy.

The development studies path is for students who want to focus on the processes of social, political and economic change taking place primarily – but not exclusively – in the countries of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Building on first year modules you may have taken such as, for example, Globalisation and Development, you may continue your investigation of development issues through modules such as Millennium Development Goals, and how these development issues are related to wider political contexts and forces such as those of Ethnicity, Identity and Nationality. The path will help you continue to prepare for careers in official and non-governmental aid agencies, with international agencies such as those of the European Union and the United Nations, or in sectors such as journalism, education and local community development.

Overall Structure of this Path

For this path, you must take a Joint Major in Politics and a Joint Major in either Social Policy or Sociology.

This is your path if you think your future career lies in the human aspects of the workplace. The modules in this path give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of the social, economic and political context of business and the working environment. Specialist modules attached to this path offer you an introduction to business administration and human resource management. Within these, you will explore real and potential intervention programmes that are designed to improve the personal working environment for the benefit of both employers and employees. Relevant optional modules in areas such as Economics, Employment Law and Organisational Psychology will be indicated for this path.

Overall Structure of this Path

For this path, you must take a joint Major in Social Policy together with a Joint Major in Sociology or another Social Science subject such as Economics or Politics.

If you choose the Rights, Justice and Society path, you will be undertaking courses that focus on key social justice issues within the social sciences. On completion of the programme you will have developed a strong critical perspective on issues of social justice, rights and society and a sound knowledge of social justice issues both nationally and globally. The path offers you opportunities to study a range of modules such as Inequality in Irish Society, Social Justice Movements, Childhood Inequality, Disability, Global Justice, Masculinities, Social, Economic and Political Theories of Justice, Feminism and Gender Justice, Sexualities, and Equality and the Media. It is an exciting programme that also prepares you to move on to further study in UCD in the M.Sc. (Equality Studies), the MA (Women, Gender and Society), and the MSocSc (Social Policy). If you are interested in making a difference and becoming an activist for social justice and human rights, this path would be a good choice for you.

Overall Structure of this Path

For this path, you must take a joint Major in Social Policy (with Social Justice) and another Social Science subject.

If you are interested in exploring the nature of crime in modern society as well as the wider debates about justice and social control, this is the path you should choose. It is of particular relevance for those who might be interested in a career within some area of the justice system or in youth/community work. Within the Bachelor of Social Science Degree, the path offers different perspectives on crime from the viewpoint of the perpetrators, their victims and the professional groups involved in this area such as the judiciary, the Gardai and the Probation Service. Crime is examined in the physical, economic and social context in which it occurs. The path takes a national and international perspective, considering how different societies define and respond to criminal activities and the effectiveness of different models of crime treatment and crime prevention. Relevant optional modules in areas such as Criminal Law, Politics and Social Psychology will be indicated for this path.

Overall Structure of this Path

For this path, you must take a Joint Major in Sociology and either a Joint Major in Social Policy (NB see note below) or another Social Science subject such as Economics or Politics.

* Special Note on this Path: If you think you might be interested in a career in the Probation Service you should take a Joint Major in Social Policy and consider the Social Work Path as Probation Officers in Ireland are professionally qualified social workers.

The Social Media Path offers you the opportunity to explore the interaction between people and recorded knowledge in terms of its generation, organisation, and storage, as well as the use of knowledge and information by different individuals and groups. You will learn about new technologies and social media, in the context of electronic publishing and information management; information retrieval, information use, and metadata. You will also explore the impact of information on public policy, the new knowledge society and the media revolution. Specialist modules in areas such as new technologies, culture and communication, web publishing, and creating and publishing digital media content are included in this path.

Overall Structure of this Path

This Path offers the opportunity to study Information and Social Computing with Social Policy or Sociology.

Joint Major in Archaeology and Sociology

This Path offers the opportunity to study Archaeology in combination with Sociology. This provides cores skills in both subjects and specialist modules focusing on approaches to understanding societies past and present, and in depth consideration of particular periods. Level Three modules include complementary pairs: one including sociological approaches to a theme, and one archaeological. Students taking the Ancient Societies path will develop a critical perceptive on the diversity of human societies across space and time and of the ways in which we can understand those societies.

About the Ancient & Modern Societies Path

The Ancient & Modern pathway will provide students with core skills in both archaeology and sociology, providing a strong disciplinary basis for further specialisation. This includes key research skills, principles of sociological analysis and introductions to social anthropology as well as archaeological approaches to landscapes or things and the development of archaeological thought. In the third year students will consider the role of cultural heritage in society today and the relationship between archaeology and the public. Options include approaches to understanding combat or the human body. Students will undertake a dissertation focusing on a topic linking archaeology and sociology.

Career Opportunities

The Ancient and Modern societies pathway equips students for careers in a variety of sectors. This includes professional archaeological practice, cultural heritage and cultural tourism. Students will have a broad range of skills on completing the programme, including presentations, report writing, group work. They will have developed skills in critical thinking and will be employable in many different fields.

Graduate Study Opportunities

This Path directly maps to a number of Masters programmes at UCD including the MA in Archaeology, MSc in World Heritage Management , MSc in Experimental Archaeology, MSocSc in Global Migration and Cultural Differences,  MSocSc in Crime, Violence and Conflict, MSocSc in Cultural Sociology