Trinity College Dublin: Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice

Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice

Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice

Wednesday 25th April at 6pm.

Course Details

The objective of this online programme is to provide graduates from all disciplines with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role and function of social policy.

This online programme will give students an understanding of the role of social policy in engaging with some of the ‘wicked problems’ that contemporary societies face. These are complex interdependent problems such as responses to crime and poverty, policy issues which are often resistant to the solutions put in place by governments. Students will be exposed to the arguments for developing policy interventions in areas such as social security, health and housing, and the challenges of implementing and changing policy in these areas.

This course provides students with a stimulating online learning experience by creating a structured yet flexible learning approach. The place of study is flexible as online delivery allows students to engage in learning activities at home or in the workplace and there is no requirement to attend at the Trinity campus in Dublin. Students will have access to weekly materials using a virtual learning environment and the opportunity to engage with other students and lecturers using discussion boards.

The programme will be of particular interest to graduates with an undergraduate qualification outside of the social science and social studies field wishing to pursue a Masters programme in that field. This online Postgraduate Diploma will also act as a conversion course for graduates who wish to pursue further study on a specialised programme such as the Master in Social Work.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies is a level 9 postgraduate diploma offered as a one year online programme. Students will take seven core modules totalling 60 ECTS. Modules cover subjects such as contemporary debates in social policy, the family and society, crime and punishment in Irish society, manging human service organisations and human rights in practice.

Admissions Requirements

The programme is open to graduates from all disciplines who are interested in converting to the field of applied social studies. Successful applicants will hold a level 8 degree in any subject at a minimum of Upper Second Class Honours degree (2.2).

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