About This Course
Social and Psychological Health Studies
NFQ Award Title
€990 academic year See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
This course is for practitioners involved in personal and social development in the community. If your practice training has been through either structured experiential learning or apprenticeship processes it will give you an understanding of the principal theoretical positions that shape contemporary academic discourses within your field of work. Upon completing the course, you will be able to theorise, evaluate and be intellectually accountable for your practice.
The Diploma in Social and Psychological Health is for those who have completed training in the Social and Health Education Project (SHEP), practitioners in the areas of personal and social development in the community and activists working for individual and community health and well-being. If your practice training has been through structured, experiential learning it will give you an understanding of the main theories that shape contemporary academic discourses within your field of work. Training with SHEP is an advantage.
This course takes place one evening per week and 10 days (weekends) each year from September to May
The assignments for the modules on this course are either a 2,000-word essay or a 2,000-word personal learning journal. The assignment title for each module is designed by the module lecturer.
Who teaches this course
- UCC staff
- SHEP staff
- External lecturers
Why Choose This Course
Students like this course because it includes experiential workshops and the modules reflect the multi-dimensional character of health and well-being. Half of the assignments are personal learning journals, which require the students to reflect on their personal experience, their practice and their learning in the course. The remaining assignments are essays and the course incorporates workshops on essay writing skills to support students who may be studying at third level for the first time.
This diploma course is relevant to a wide range of employments though it is not a practitioner training or a professional qualification.
- At least 21 by 1 January of year of application
- Hold Leaving Certificate or FETAC Level 5 or an equivalent qualification
- A practitioner or experience in personal or social development (or both)
- English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.
Diploma programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme. Following completion of year 1 of this programme, should a sufficient number of eligible students not wish to progress form year 1 to year 2 of this programme as to make the year 2 viable, students will graduate with a certificate at that point. Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.
Fees and Costs
€990 academic year
How Do I Apply
During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:
- Birth Cert or Passport
- Passport Photograph
- English Language Test Report [if applicable]
NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically. If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.
Year 1 Modules
- AD1020: The Study of Human Beings (5 credits)
Creation mythology, evolutionary genetics, palaeoanthropology, primatology, and social anthropology.
- AD1868: Introduction to Academic Writing (5 credits)
This module will focus on the key skills required for completing academic assignments. It will provide opportunities for practice in areas such as structure, paragraphing, coherence, relevance, referencing and developing arguments.
- AD1881: Human Relationships, Sexuality and Parenting (5 credits)
The psychology of relationships, sexuality and parenting; sociological perspectives.
- AD1882: Human Well-being (5 credits)
Introduction to human health (physical, mental and social); health and wellbeing of women and men; health and wellbeing of children and older people; strategies for promoting individual, family and community wellbeing. Reflection on personal health choices.
- AD1883: Health-related Social Policy (5 credits)
Health inequalities; medical and sociological analyses of health and illness; models and strategies of health promotion; the 'welfare state' and social policy in Ireland. Review of Learning from Year One.
- AP1884: Lifespan Developmental Psychology (5 credits)
Introduction to life-span developmental psychology - concerns, theories, approaches and uses; thematic approach to the life course; stage theories; developmental tasks; development in infancy and childhood, adolescence, early, middle and late adulthood; the psychology of death and bereavement.
Year 2 Modules
- AD2854: Adult Education - Theory and Approaches (5 credits)
Developmental educational psychology; pedagogy and 'androgogy'; multiple intelligences; learning styles; humanistic approaches to education; emancipatory approaches to education; experiential education; social policy in relation to adult education in Ireland.
- AD2855: One-to-One Interventions - Theory and Approaches (5 credits)
Counselling approaches; mentoring approaches; advocacy approaches; case-work approaches.
- AD2856: Theory and Practice (5 credits)
Review of the theoretical positions covered in the course; exploration of ways in which these positions might be applied in practice situations; planning of ongoing professional development; identification of progression pathways in both learning and practice.
- AP2857: Group Facilitation - Theory and Approaches (5 credits)
Introduction to psychological and sociological understandings of groups; the nature and types of groups; group phases and functions; group roles and leadership; group facilitation; specific application of facilitation skills in personal, community and organisational development; organisational theory.
- SS2858: Human Rights and Social Justice (5 credits)
The historical development of key philosophical conceptions of human rights and social justice and the effect of these conceptions on contemporary public policy; international human rights institutions and human rights law; the continuing prevalence of discrimination and injustice.
- SS2859: The Governance of Human Affairs (5 credits)
Philosophical conceptions of 'the social contract'; democratic theory - liberal, participatory and deliberative democracy; civil society and the public sphere; citizenship; democratic institutions in Ireland.