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  • Late applications for the Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management at UCC

    24 Jul
    Late applications for the Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management at UCC

    Late applications will be accepted during August for this part-time Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management from applicants with at least a 2:2 undergraduate degree and an interest in working in the voluntary and community or public sectors. 

    The programme, which has been successfully running since 2008, is taught one day a week (Wednesdays, 10.00am-4.30pm) over two years with contributions from seven different departments across UCC (Applied Social Studies, Law, Management, Business Information Systems, Economics, Government, Food Business and Development).  Fees are €3,080 per year.

     

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  • Launch of "Learning Over Time: How Professionals Learn, Know and Use Knowledge" in UCC.

    20 Sep
    Launch of

    The launch of Learning Over Time: How Professionals Learn, Know and Use Knowledge took place on Wednesday, 20th September 2017 in the Aula Maxima in UCC. This publication, edited by Dr Nona Lyons and Dr Carmel Halton (Applied Social Studies), takes up a provocative question: “What do people learn and know from engaging in studies or from an experience of change and transition?”, and answers this through a series of case studies in diverse disciplinary domains.

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  • A Thinkery on Water, Anti-Privatisation Struggles and the Commons

    12 May
    A Thinkery on Water, Anti-Privatisation Struggles and the Commons

    Date: Friday, 23 June 2017

    Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm

    Location: G27, O'Rahilly Building, UCC

     

    Expressed in slogans such as “water is a human right”, “water is life”, “we are water” and “defend the sacred”, throughout the globe a revolution is taking place as people organise to resist the privatisation of water. In a spirit of shared struggle against privatisation (in its many forms), this Thinkery will explore differences in approach and attitude in anti-privatisation struggles mobilized around water in Ireland, Italy, Spain and Standing Rock in the USA.

    For many, the privatisation of water is a contemporary enclosure of the commons, a continuation of a process of converting everything into property that began centuries ago with land enclosures. But the understanding and use of “the commons” varies in different anti-privatisation struggles. For some, to regard water as a commons is to see it as a publicly-owned and managed resource, whereas for others it is a new way of living and governing, a way of people relating to each other and the natural world. Some talk of a commons of humankind, whereas for others commons are part and parcel of local territorial communities.

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  • School of Applied Social Studies Seminar: The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy

    29 Mar
    School of Applied Social Studies Seminar: The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy

    SCHOOL OF APPLIED SOCIAL STUDIES SEMINAR

     

    “Good enough” ethnography?

    A screening and discussion of Duncan Campbell’s

    The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy

     

    with

    Nancy Scheper-Hughes, University of California, Berkeley

    and 

    Sarah Glennie, Irish Museum of Modern Art

     

    Monday, 3 April 2017: 4-6pm

    Film and Screen Media Auditorium, Kane Building B10 (Basement), UCC

     

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  • CACSSS RQR Showcase - Celebrating Excellence

    23 Jan
    CACSSS RQR Showcase - Celebrating Excellence

    The CACSSS Research Spotlight Series aims to highlight positive comments and examples of research excellence from the RQR reports from all Units in the College on a rolling week-by-week basis.

    This week is the turn of Applied Social Studies! 

    The panel of reviewers praised the School of Applied Social Studies for its excellent research-related activities and its excellent and exciting postgraduate research environment.

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  • Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc): Applications Open for September 2017

    14 Dec
    Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc): Applications Open for September 2017

    The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) run by the School of Applied Social Studies at UCC is a successful four-year, advanced programme which provides the opportunity for experienced professionals based in public sector, community/ voluntary, international non-government and private sector organisations to work on complex issues that are of direct relevance to their professional practice and organisational contexts.  As an alternative to the traditional PhD, the DSocSc provides a more structured learning environment which combines taught modules and research.  Participants complete taught modules in the first two years of the programme in the areas of social research methods, social theory, and social policy debates and processes, and complete a 60,000 word thesis in Years 3 and 4.  Taught modules in Years 1 and 2 are structured around four five-day workshops in UCC, making it ideal for those who may be living at a distance from UCC.

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  • Celebrating the 50th Student-Community project in UCC

    14 Dec
    Celebrating the 50th Student-Community project in UCC

    Monday, 5th December 2016 marked a particular milestone in UCC with the celebration of the 50th student-community project facilitated through the Community-Academic Research Links (CARL) initiative. The celebration brought together community representatives, academic staff and students past and present. Its focus was to grow the network of community organisations that CARL (and UCC) partners with and highlight the significance of these projects to date.

    A keynote address was made by Madge Fogarty from Postnatal Depression Ireland who highlighted the benefits and impact of engaging in these collaborative endeavours.

    Three awards were presented to students for Outstanding Community Engagement projects:

    • The first to Monica Coll and Siobhan Sully for their work with “Home Share Clare” looking at alternatives to institutional respite services for families.
    • The second project was completed by Applied Social Studies graduate, Hazel McDermott, in partnership with the Eating Disorder Centre Cork. Hazel’s project involved surveying GPs and professionals to gain greater insight into their understanding of eating disorders. 
    • The third project was completed by 6 students undertaking an MSc Corporate Finance in partnership with Carrigaline Lion’s Youth Centre.
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  • The School of Applied Social Studies has been awarded a grant through the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

    09 Dec
    The School of Applied Social Studies has been awarded a grant through the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

    The School of Applied Social Studies is delighted to have been awarded a grant through the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s ‘Teaching & Learning Enhancement Fund 2016’ for its project entitled “Transforming Personal and Professional Digital Capacities in Teaching and Learning Contexts: A Collaboration between Social Policy Educators, Students, and Learning Technologists”. This project is led by Dr Eileen Hogan in the School of Applied Social Studies in collaboration with the UCC Office of the Vice-President for Teaching & Learning (OVPTL), and in partnership with six Partner Institutions, including: Institute of Technology Tralee, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Waterford Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow and Cork Institute of Technology.

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  • CARL@50 - Celebrating our 50th student-community project

    05 Dec
    CARL@50 - Celebrating our 50th student-community project

    Community Academic Research Links (CARL) is celebrating an important milestone on 5th December 2016 with the beginning of its 50th student-community project. CARL is based in University College Cork and provides research support to non-profit community or voluntary groups, usually free of charge.

    The focus of the CARL@50 event is to grow the network of community organisations that CARL (and UCC) partners with; to celebrate reaching this milestone; and to highlight the significance of these projects to date. The event will include a keynote address from Madge Fogarty from Postnatal Depression Ireland to highlight the benefits and impact of these collaborative endeavours. Three awards for Outstanding Community Engagement projects will also be presented to students whose projects were deemed exceptional by the selection committee. 

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  • Symposium: 'The Left and the EU - Ireland After Brexit’.

    23 Nov
    Symposium: 'The Left and the EU - Ireland After Brexit’.

    'The Left and the EU: Ireland After Brexit’.

     

    Date and Time: Monday, 5th December 2016 – 2:00-5:00pm

     Venue: CACSSS Research Seminar Room, ORB G27, UCC.

     

    Speakers:

    • Anthony Coughlan, National Platform for EU Research and Information Centre/Associate Professor Emeritus, TCD;
    • Karen Devine, Lecturer, DCU;
    • Tom O'Connor, Lecturer, CIT;

     

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  • Moving Towards Implementation of Adoption as a Care Option in Ireland: Seminar on Thursday, 10th November 2016 in UCC.

    04 Nov
    Moving Towards Implementation of Adoption as a Care Option in Ireland: Seminar on Thursday, 10th November 2016 in UCC.

    Following on from a very successful two-part seminar run in 2015 entitled Reimagining Adoption as a Viable Care Option in Ireland, the UNESCO Child and Family Resource Centre, NUI Galway, and the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, jointly-host the following seminar:

     

    MOVING TOWARDS IMPLEMENTATION OF ADOPTION AS A CARE OPTION IN IRELAND

     

    Date: Thursday, 10th November 2016

    Time: 11:00am-3:00pm

    Venue: CACSSS Seminar Room, O'Rahilly Building, UCC

     
    Speakers:

    Noreen Leahy, Department of Children and Youth Affairs
    Angela Harrington, Adoptive Parent
    Jacqueline Barron, Adopted Person
    Professor Caroline McGregor, NUIG
    Dr Simone McCaughren, UCC

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  • Screening of the award-winning documentary Atlantic: 15 November 2016

    02 Nov
    Screening of the award-winning documentary Atlantic: 15 November 2016

    School of Applied Social Studies
    Seminar Series

    Screening of the award-winning documentary Atlantic, followed by a discussion with film-maker Risteard Ó Domhnaill

    4-6 pm on Tuesday, 15 November 2016

    Venue: Kane G18

     

    Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Brendan Gleeson, Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities – in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland – as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges.  As the oil majors drive deeper into their fragile seas, and the world’s largest fishing companies push fish stocks to the brink, coastal communities and the resources they rely on are fast approaching a point of no return.

    Filmed in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations in the North Atlantic, and at close quarters with some of the sea’s most captivating characters, Atlantic brings to the fore three very intimate stories from the global resource debate.  It explores how modern day communities must learn from the past, in order to secure a brighter future.

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  • ‘Critical Perspectives On and Beyond Activism and Acts of Resistance': Two-Day Conference in UCC on 9 and 10 November 2016

    28 Oct
    ‘Critical Perspectives On and Beyond Activism and Acts of Resistance': Two-Day Conference in UCC on 9 and 10 November 2016

    ‘CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON AND BEYOND ACTIVISM AND ACTS OF RESISTANCE'

    9 AND 10 NOVEMBER 2016

     

     A Two-Day Conference organised by the School of Applied Social Studies and the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, in association with the Critical Voices Network Ireland.

    This conference, now in its eighth year, is unique as it is free for all participants and it involves people from diverse backgrounds (self-experience, survivors, professionals, academics, carers) presenting, discussing and debating critical and creative perspectives on and beyond the dominant bio-medical approach. The 2010 conference saw the launch of the Critical Voices Network Ireland (CVNI), a network of people interested in considering and developing responses to human distress, which are creative, enabling, respectful and firmly grounded in human rights.

    The conference aims to explore and debate critical perspectives on:

    • Acts of resistance within and outside academic and service systems
    • The impact of activism on democratising mental health care
    • The importance of socio-political perspectives in understanding and responding to human distress
    • Co-option of resistance into dominant systems

     

     

     

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  • 'Healthy Lifestyles Have Your Say': Including the views of children and young people in the new national Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025.

    03 Oct
    'Healthy Lifestyles Have Your Say': Including the views of children and young people in the new national Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025.

    On Thursday 22nd of September 2016, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, launched a report on a consultation with children and young people ‘Healthy Lifestyles Have Your Say: A Consultation with Children and Young People’. This formed part of a national consultation process with stakeholders for the new National Obesity Policy ‘A Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016 – 2025' which was launched on the same day. The consultation report was commissioned by the Department of Health and conducted by the Citizen Participation Unit, Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).  Two consultations were held – one with 34 young people aged 13 to 17 years, from Comhairle na nÓg, and one with 48 primary school children between the ages of eight and 12 years. As part of the consultation process, a team from the School of Applied Social Studies in University College Cork (UCC) worked closely with the Citizen Participation Unit of the DCYA.  Dr Shirley Martin, Dr Deirdre Horgan and Dr Margaret Scanlon observed and recorded consultations; analysed consultation data/results; and prepared the final report for publication.

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  • Workshop on The Body, Self and Other with Margrit Shildrick

    21 Sep
    Workshop on The Body, Self and Other with Margrit Shildrick

    9.30am–1.00pm, Friday, 21st October 2016

    Mary Ryan Seminar Room, ORB G27

     

    Through a discussion of Margrit Shildrick’s recent research into heart transplantation, this workshop will explore radical new ways of thinking about and researching embodiment emerging from Bodies Studies and Critical Disability Studies. Participants will be invited to discuss if and how this research pushes them to reassess or reconfirm some of their own and their discipline’s assumptions. Articles by Margrit that will be used to spark discussion are ‘Staying alive: Affect, identity and anxiety in organ transplantation’ (Body & Society, 2015 http://bod.sagepub.com/content/21/3/20.full.pdf+html) and ‘“Why should our bodies end at the skin”: Embodiment, boundaries, and somatechnics’ (Hypatia, 2015 http://0onlinelibrary.wiley.com.library.ucc.ie/doi/10.1111/hypa.12114/epdf).

    Participation will be limited to 20 people. If you would like to attend please book a place by emailing Órla O’Donovan at o.odonovan@ucc.ie.

     

     

     

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  • Closing date for the MSocSc Voluntary & Community Sector Management: Friday 5th August 2016

    19 May
    Closing date for the MSocSc Voluntary & Community Sector Management: Friday 5th August 2016

    MSocSc Voluntary and Community Sector Management at University College Cork

    The closing date for applications for the Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management is this Friday, 5th August 2016

    The MSocSc in Voluntary and Community Sector Management is a part-time postgraduate degree taught over two years.  It has been running at University College Cork since 2008.  It is particularly geared towards mature students with an interest in a career in the voluntary and community sector.  Students attend the University one day per week. 

     

     

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  • M.Soc.Sc. (Social Policy) - Tom Bogue Postgraduate Scholarship, €6,000 fees

    20 Jun
    M.Soc.Sc. (Social Policy) - Tom Bogue Postgraduate Scholarship, €6,000 fees

    The School of Applied Social Studies invites applications for a €6,000 fees scholarship in honour of Tom Bogue for a student on the M.Soc.Sc. (Social Policy) programme (CKE62). 

    The Tom Bogue Postgraduate Scholarship will be awarded to a student entering the M.Soc.Sc. (Social Policy) in September 2016. The award will cover the cost of the course fees and is offered generously by the Cork Branch of IMPACT Trade Union in memory of Tom Bogue.

     

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  • Excellence Scholarship: Masters in Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies

    17 May
    Excellence Scholarship: Masters in Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies

    The School of Applied Social Studies invites applications for a €3,000 fees scholarship for a student on the Masters in Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies programme (CKD20/CKD04).  Scholarship applicants must be either current students on the Masters in Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies programme (i.e. entering Year 2) or must have applied for the programme for the 2016/17 academic year. 

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  • A WEED IS A PLANT OUT OF PLACE: Opening of International Art Exhibition at Lismore Castle, 3 April 2016

    05 May
    A WEED IS A PLANT OUT OF PLACE: Opening of International Art Exhibition at Lismore Castle, 3 April 2016

    Earlier this month, Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota opened this year’s international art exhibition 'A Weed Is A Plant Out Of Place' at Lismore Castle.  The exhibition is curated by Allegra Pesenti, a native of Milan, and features the work of 16 international and Irish artists such as Anna Atkins, Harry Callahan, Pierpaolo Campanini, Mat Collishaw, Dorothy Cross, Latifa Echakhch, Susan Hartnett, Michael Landy, Mateo Lopez, Maria Sibylla Merian, Adrian Paci, Luisa Rabbia, Jeanne Silverthorne, Philip Taafe, Emma Tennant, Michael John Whelan and Pae White.  The undercurrent themes of the exhibition relate to topics of migration, dispossession, displacement and resettlement. 

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  • Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities - Book Launch in Dublin

    22 Apr
    Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities - Book Launch in Dublin

    Staff from the School of Applied Social Studies attended the book launch of Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, on Wednesday 20th April 2016.  The book was edited by Professor Alastair Christie (UCC), Professor Brid Featherstone (Open University), Dr Suzanne Quin (University College Dublin) and Dr Trish Walsh (Trinity College Dublin).  

    Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities brings together a wide range of academics and professionals to provide a comprehensive analysis of social work in Ireland. It addresses questions such as: 'How is social work responding to rapidly changing social, cultural and economic factors in Ireland?’,  'How will the new relationship between the state/NGO/private sectors impact on the provision of social services?’ and 'How does, and will, social work respond to the needs of specific user groups?’ In addressing these questions, the book explores key areas of practice, including child welfare, domestic violence, mental health, social work with migrants, substance misuse, probation services, and social work with older people and people with disabilities.

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  • IASW Practitioner Research Special Interest Group: First National Conference in UCC

    04 Mar
    IASW Practitioner Research Special Interest Group: First National Conference in UCC

    IASW Practitioner Research Special Interest Group

    First National Conference

    ‘Translating Practice Wisdom to Research - Building Social Work Research Capacity’

    Keynote Speaker: Elaine Sharland, Professor of Social Work Research, University of Sussex

    Date: Friday April 22nd 2016

    Venue: Room G05, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC

     

    Booking is now open for the above conference:

    Time: 9:30am (registration); 10:30am (event) 

    Price: €15 members/€30 non-members (Price includes lunch & refreshments)

    Bookings: Please check the event pages at www.iasw.ie for updates and to book your place.  Booking can only be done via the website.

    Conference organised by the Practitioner Research SIG.

     

     

     

     

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  • A Conference on Traveller Accommodation: Tuesday 12th April 2016 in UCC

    06 Apr
    A Conference on Traveller Accommodation: Tuesday 12th April 2016 in UCC

    You are cordially invited

    to

    A Conference on Traveller Accommodation

    In response to the Traveller accommodation crisis experienced by Travellers across the Cork and Kerry region, as well as by Travellers on a national level

    Tuesday 12th April 2016 from 10am to 3pm

    De Vere Hall, University College Cork, College Road, Cork

    Opening address by Professor Alastair Christie, Head of the School of Applied Social Studies

    Chaired by Bridget Quilligan, Project Coordinator of Kerry Travellers & Former CEO of ITM

    RSVP: by Friday 8th April 2016 to Ms. Ciara Ridge at 021 450 3786 or tvgciara@gmail.com

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  • Social Work staff attend 6th European Social Work Research Conference in Lisbon.

    06 Apr
    Social Work staff attend 6th European Social Work Research Conference in Lisbon.

    Carmel Halton and Mary Hurley, from the Masters of Social Work team in the School of Applied Social Studies, represented CACSSS and UCC at the 6th European Social Work Research Conference which took place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 30 March -1 April 2016.

    Carmel gave a paper entitled Learning from Social workers: Experiences of Engaging in Reflection on a new MA Programme.

    Mary gave a workshop entitled Social Work Action and a Community Anti-Incinerator Campaign: some ideas and reflections for Social Work education.

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  • Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL) information evening: 6th April 2016

    16 Mar
    Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL) information evening: 6th April 2016

    The Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL) will be holding an information evening for those interested in applying for the coming academic year, 2016/17, on April 6th 2016 at 7-8:30 pm in Room G.27 of the O'Rahilly building, UCC.

    The Certificate in Contemporary Living seeks to support individuals with intellectual disabilities in developing core skills required for participation in contemporary society and to do so in a way which promotes lifelong learning and inclusion in a third level environment.

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  • Moving towards Implementation of Adoption as a Care Option in Ireland

    14 Mar
    Moving towards Implementation of Adoption as a Care Option in Ireland

    Following on from a very successful two-part seminar run in 2015 entitled “Reimagining Adoption as a Viable Care Option in Ireland”

    ‘Moving towards Implementation of Adoption as a Care Option in Ireland’

    Thursday 7th April 2016

    Lecture Theatre LCI-G018 NUI Galway

    11am-3pm

     

    Speakers: 

    Dr. Dominic McSherry, Queens University Belfast

    ‘Comparing outcomes from long-term foster care and adoption: Does the gold standard hold up or is it fool’s gold?’

    Mairie Cregan, University College Cork

    'Children of the Twilight Zone - adopting children from long-term foster care: no easy answers'

    Priscilla McLoughlin Independent Practitioner and former Director of BAAF (NI)

     

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  • Professor David Taylor attends the Doctor of Social Science Symposium 2016

    23 Feb
    Professor David Taylor attends the Doctor of Social Science Symposium 2016

    The School of Applied Social Studies held the Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) Symposium in University College Cork on 5th February, 2016.

    David Taylor, Professor of Social Theory and Social Policy at the Univeristy of Brighton, and DSocSc external examiner, gave a presentation entitled Happiness is not enough: a relational theory of wellbeing, which examined some of the conceptual and methodological issues involved in understanding wellbeing and social policy.

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  • School of Applied Social Studies running UCC’s first ever inter-disciplinary module on community-based research

    21 Jan
    School of Applied Social Studies running UCC’s first ever inter-disciplinary module on community-based research

    The School of Applied Social Studies, through the EnRRICH project team, is running UCC’s first ever inter-disciplinary module on community-based research this semester, with the support of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.  This module is also linked to CARL, the Community-Academic Research Links, which is an initiative in UCC that provides independent research support to Civil Society Organisations.

    Advertised to all PhD students last semester, the module will be working in partnership with the Westgate Foundation in Ballincollig on delivering the module, partly in UCC and partly on the grounds of the local community group.  The module will seek to support the design of future Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) studies either undertaken by the service and residents/users themselves or in collaboration with CARL.

     

     

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  • Screening of the Feature Film ‘MILK’ by Noemí Weis in UCC

    03 Dec
    Screening of the Feature Film ‘MILK’ by Noemí Weis in UCC

    Cuidiú Cork, in collaboration with the School of Applied Social Studies and the MA in Women’s Studies, held a screening of the feature film MILK by Noemí Weis in University College Cork on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 7.30pm.

    Through an intimate and artistic lens, MILK brings a universal perspective on the politics, commercialiSation and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding over the canvas of stunningly beautiful visuals and poignant voices from around the globe. Inspiring, informative, provocative and sensitive, MILK celebrates bringing a new life into this world with a strong call to action and reflection. Overall MILK investigates the overarching themes surrounding the commercialization of infant feeding and its effects on child mortality, as well as the challenges it presents to adequate health worker training and the judgement placed on women, regardless of how they choose to feed their babies.  MILK follows stories of mothers from different cultures on a world journey spanning 11 countries, as it reveals the universal issues and challenges facing motherhood and birth today.

    Director /Producer/Writer – Noemí Weis

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  • School of Applied Social Studies Publications Launch

    26 Nov
    School of Applied Social Studies Publications Launch

    The School of Applied Social Studies held a publications launch in the UCC Staff Common Room on Wednesday 25th November 2015 to celebrate the launch of four new books authored and edited by various staff from the school:

    • Christie, A., Featherstone, B., Quin, S. and Walsh, T. (eds.) (2015) Social Work in Ireland: Challenges and Continuities, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Edwards, C. and Imrie, R. (2015) The Short Guide to Urban Policy, Bristol, Policy Press.
    • Forde, C. and Lynch, D. (2015) Social Work and Community Development: A Critical Practice Perspective, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Powell, F. and Scanlon, M. (2015) Dark Secrets of Childhood: Media Power, Child Abuse and Public Scandals, Bristol, Policy Press.
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  • UCC hosts conference on the talking therapy industry: 11th and 12th November 2015

    10 Nov
    UCC hosts conference on the talking therapy industry: 11th and 12th November 2015

    ‘Talking’ therapies have become increasingly central in dealing with all aspects of human life, a trend now generally referred to as the ‘therapy industry’. This conference, now in its seventh year, aims to explore and debate critical perspectives on the value of talking therapies, the politics of the therapy industry and ways beyond therapies to support people in distress.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Dark Secrets of Childhood: Media power, child abuse and public scandals - new book by Professor Fred Powell and Dr Margaret Scanlon

    27 Oct
    Dark Secrets of Childhood: Media power, child abuse and public scandals - new book by Professor Fred Powell and Dr Margaret Scanlon

    Over the last few decades, public opinion has been traumatised by revelations of child abuse on a mass scale. It has become the major human rights story of the 21st century in Western society. This ground-breaking book explores the relationship between the media, child abuse and shifting adult-child power relations which, in Western countries, has spawned an ever-expanding range of laws, policies and procedures introduced to address the ‘explosion’ of interest in the issue of child abuse. Allegations of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in Ireland – and its ‘cover-up’ by Church authorities – have given rise to one of the greatest institutional scandals of modern history. Through in-depth analysis of 20 years of media representation of the issue, the book draws significant insights on the media’s influence and its impact on civil society.

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  • ‘CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON AND BEYOND THE THERAPY INDUSTRY’: 7th Annual Conference, 11-12 November 2015 in University College Cork

    08 Oct
    ‘CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON AND BEYOND THE THERAPY INDUSTRY’: 7th Annual Conference, 11-12 November 2015 in University College Cork

    ‘CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON AND BEYOND THE THERAPY INDUSTRY’: 7th ANNUAL CONFERENCE 11 AND 12 NOVEMBER 2015

    Organised by the School of Applied Social Studies and the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, in association with the Critical Voices Network Ireland.

    Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.

    This year’s conference aims to explore and debate critical perspectives on:

    -           The value of talking therapies

    -           The politics of the therapy industry

    -           Talking therapies as another expert system

    -           Other ways (beyond therapies) to support people in distress

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  • National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference 2015

    08 Sep
    National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference 2015

    The national child protection and welfare social work conference has taken place on a biennial basis at University College Cork since 2007. The aim of this conference series is to provide a space for practitioners in the area of child protection and welfare to hear about and debate new developments in the areas of research, policy and practice, and to network with colleagues.

    The conference will be of interest to social workers, policy makers, researchers, legal professionals, social care workers, students and anyone with an interest in the field of child protection and welfare. This conference is a not-for-profit event and is a partnership between the Dr Kenneth Burns and Ms Caroline Shore, School of Applied Social Studies (UCC), staff from child protection and welfare teams in the Child and Family Agency and the IASW Southern Branch.

    PLEASE NOTE: This conference has reached maximum capacity.

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  • Reimagining Adoption as a Care Option in Ireland

    28 Sep
    Reimagining Adoption as a Care Option in Ireland

    On Thursday 24th September 2015, the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway, jointly hosted a seminar entitled Reimagining Adoption as a Care Option in Ireland. 

     

     

     

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  • Social Work and Community Development - Book Launch

    23 Sep
    Social Work and Community Development - Book Launch

    At a time of growing social, economic and environmental challenge, this book offers a fresh and engaging perspective on the connections between social work and community development and on how social workers can use a community development approach to practice in critical, creative and sustainable ways.

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  • Reimagining Adoption as a Care Option in Ireland

    16 Sep
    Reimagining Adoption as a Care Option in Ireland

    Date: Thursday 24th September 2015

    Time: 11:00am-3:30pm

    Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex G04, University College Cork

    The second of a two-part seminar that will address potential changes within the Irish context in light of the anticipated broadening of adoption from care. Speakers include:

    • Dr. Derek Kirton (University of Kent) 'Adoption from Care: An Outsider's View of Reform in Ireland'.
    • Dr. Valerie O’Brien (University College Dublin) ‘Ireland’s future: Lessons to be learnt from UK and USA adoption policy practice and legislative fields'.
    • Dr. Mandi McDonald (Queen’s University Belfast) 'Birth Family Contact Following Adoption From Care: Adopters' Perspectives'.
    • Dr. Aisling Parkes (University College Cork) ‘Adoption Law in Ireland: A Time For Reform’.

    The opening address is by Senator Averil Power.

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  • Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities

    07 Sep
    Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities

    Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities has brought together a range of academics and professionals to provide a comprehensive analysis of social work in the Republic of Ireland. It addresses key questions such as: 'How is social work in Ireland responding to rapidly changing social, cultural and economic circumstances?'; 'How will the new relationships between the state/NGO/private sectors impact on the provision of social services?'; and 'How does, and will, social work respond to the needs of specific service user groups?'

    In addressing these questions the book explores key areas of practice, including child welfare, domestic violence, mental health, working with migrants and minority ethnic groups, substance misuse, probation services, and work with older people and people with a disability.

    The book will of particular interest to practitioners, students, policy makers, managers and researchers in social work and social policy.

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  • First meeting of the SIG to be held in the Annexe, UCC, on Tuesday 14th July 2015 at 4.30pm

    03 Jul
    First meeting of the SIG to be held in the Annexe, UCC, on Tuesday 14th July 2015 at 4.30pm

    On Tuesday 29th June 2015 a seminar was held in the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, in association with CORU and the IASW.  The seminar addressed the topics of CPD and social work registration.

    After the CORU seminar, an information session on developing a Special Interest Group (SIG) for social workers who are interested in pursuing practice research and publishing was facilitated by Carmel Halton and Cliona Murphy (professional development officer with IASW). A decision was made to host the first meeting of the SIG in the Annexe, UCC, on Tuesday 14th July 2015 at 4.30pm.

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  • Launch of the First National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making (2015-2020) on 17th June 2015

    22 Jun
    Launch of the First National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making (2015-2020) on 17th June 2015

    Staff from the School of Applied Social Studies attended the launch of the First National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making (2015-2020) and workshops based on research and practice publications in Dublin on 17th June 2015.

    Dr Deirdre Horgan, Dr Shirley Martin and Dr Catherine Forde from the School of Applied Social Studies in UCC, along with their colleague from the School of Law in UCC, Dr Aisling Parkes, are authors of a recently published 2015 report entitled Children and young people’s experiences of participation in decision-making at home, in schools and in their communities.

     

     

     

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  • Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc), UCC: Applications open for September 2015

    05 May
    Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc), UCC: Applications open for September 2015

    The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc), run by the School of Applied Social Studies at UCC, is a four-year advanced programme which provides the opportunity for experienced professionals based in public sector, community/voluntary, international non-government and private sector organisations to work on complex issues that are of direct relevance to their professional practice and organisational contexts.  As an alternative to the traditional PhD, the DSocSc provides a more structured learning environment which combines taught modules and research. Participants complete taught modules in the first two years of the programme in the areas of social research methods, social theory, and social policy debates and processes, and complete a 60,000 word thesis in Years 3 and 4. Taught modules in Years 1 and 2 are structured around four and five-day workshops in UCC, making it ideal for those who may be living at a distance from UCC.

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  • Commons Against and Beyond Capitalism? A Thinkery with Silvia Federici, George Caffentzis and Anne B. Ryan.

    05 May
    Commons Against and Beyond Capitalism? A Thinkery with Silvia Federici, George Caffentzis and Anne B. Ryan.

    10.00am – 4.30pm, Thursday, 28 May 2015

    CACSSS Seminar Room (ORB G27), University College Cork

    During the first part of this day-long Thinkery, which will be led by Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis, you will be invited to listen, think and converse with others about anti-capitalist commoning. Based in New York, Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis are part of an international movement that asserts ‘commons’ can be the seeds of a society beyond state and market.  A long-time feminist, anti-globalization activist, teacher and writer, Silvia Federici’s books include Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle (2012) and Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004). Founding member of the Midnight Notes Collective, George Caffentzis’ latest book is In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines and the Crisis of Capitalism (2013). An overview of their perspective on the commons can be found in this article http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/content/49/suppl_1/i92.full.pdf+html

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  • School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, and Respond Housing Association successful with IRC New Foundations Grant

    26 Mar
    School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, and Respond Housing Association successful with IRC New Foundations Grant

    School of Applied Social Studies UCC and Respond Housing Association were successful in securing funding from the Irish Research Council under the “Engaging Civic Society” strand of the New Foundations Grant Scheme 2014. This particular strand, which is run in partnership with The Wheel, supports collaborative research projects between postdoctoral or senior researchers and community or voluntary groups.  Philip O’ Reilly, National Co-ordinator of Services for Older People, Respond! was in Dublin last week for the official announcement and photo call with the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan, TD.

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  • Intersectionality: Gender, Race and Class in Conflict Situations

    24 Mar
    Intersectionality: Gender, Race and Class in Conflict Situations

    Eilish Rooney, Senior Lecturer from the University of Ulster, will be speaking on Intersectionality: Gender Race and Class in Conflict Situations.

    Date: Thursday 26th  March 2015

    Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm

    Venue: CACSSS Research Seminar Room, ORB G27, Ground Floor O’Rahilly Building, U.C.C.

    Organised by the School of Applied Social Studies and ISS21

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  • Book Launch: The Contested Identities of Ulster Protestants

    02 Mar
    Book Launch: The Contested Identities of Ulster Protestants

    The School of Applied Social Studies warmly invites you to a wine reception to celebrate the publication of

     

    The Contested Identities of Ulster Protestants’

    (TP. Burgess & G. Mulvenna, Eds. Palgrave MacMillan)

     

    and

     

    White Church, Black Mountain’

    (TP. Burgess. Matador)

     

    on Friday 6th March, 5pm, Staff Common Room, The Quad, North Wing.

     

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  • Youth and Community Work Symposium at UCC

    25 Nov
    Youth and Community Work Symposium at UCC

    Date: Wednesday 26th November 2014

    Time: 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm

    Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, G06

    The key speakers are Professor Peadar Kirby, University of Limerick, (Academic External Examiner), and Eoin O’Neill, Director, Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service (Practice External Examiner).

    This Symposium at UCC will focus on the context and practice of youth and community work in contemporary Ireland.  The format will involve the key speakers making presentations of approximately 45 minutes each, to be followed by a space for debate and discussion on the issues.  It is also planned to use this event to include the launch of a recently completed interdisciplinary research report Intersections: Youth work and music education (see http://intersectionsucc.com).

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  • THE 6th ANNUAL CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES CONFERENCE - 12 AND 13 NOVEMBER 2014: Keynote Presentations

    18 Nov
    THE 6th ANNUAL CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES CONFERENCE - 12 AND 13 NOVEMBER 2014: Keynote Presentations

    The Two-Day Conference was organised by the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery & the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, in association with the Critical Voices Network Ireland.

    The conference considered and explored:

    • the value and relevance of psychiatric diagnoses in understanding and responding to a wide range of human experiences of emotional distress
    • critical perspectives on and creative responses beyond psychiatric diagnoses

    See below links to some of the Keynote Speakers Conference Presentations:

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  • ‘CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON AND BEYOND PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSES’

    30 Oct
    ‘CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON AND BEYOND PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSES’

    THE 6Th ANNUAL CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES CONFERENCE TAKES PLACE IN BROOKFIELD HEALTH SCIENCES COMPLEX, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK ON 12 AND 13 NOVEMBER 2014

    REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED!

     

    Organised by the School of Applied Social Studies and the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, in association with the Critical Voices Network Ireland

     

    The conference considers and explores:

    • the value and relevance of psychiatric diagnoses in understanding and responding to a wide range of human experiences of emotional distress
    • critical perspectives on and creative responses beyond psychiatric diagnoses

    The conference will be screened live at: http://www.ucc.ie/en/nursingmidwifery/conferences/streaming/

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  • ISS21 PhD Scholar Award 2014

    28 Oct
    ISS21 PhD Scholar Award 2014

    Robert Bolton, PhD Candidate in the School of Applied Social Studies, was the recent recipient of the ISS21 Scholar Award 2014, at the CACSSS Scholarship Awards Ceremony 2014 held in the Glucksman Gallery on Tuesday 21st October 2014.

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  • The Contested Identities of Ulster Protestants: Edited by Thomas Paul Burgess and Gareth Mulvenna

    21 Oct
    The Contested Identities of Ulster Protestants: Edited by Thomas Paul Burgess and Gareth Mulvenna

    'Flags', 'Emblems' and 'The Past'; three seemingly insurmountable challenges which continue to hinder the peace process in Northern Ireland. For many, the responsibility for the impasse that scuppered the Haass talks and brought violent protests to the streets of Belfast appears to rest with the perceived intransigence of the Protestant, Unionist and Loyalist communities to embrace change. That this community is itself riven with internal rancour and discord should come as no surprise. Issues of social class, denominational alignment, political aspiration and national identity have historically divided what outsiders have often mistakenly viewed as a collective cultural, religious and socio-political entity.

    This study explores the statement by Henry McDonald that this is '…the least fashionable community in Western Europe'. A diverse group of contributors including prominent politicians, academics, journalists and artists investigate the reasons informing public perceptions attaching to the Protestant, Unionist and Loyalist communities in Ulster.

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  • Public Lecture:'Lethal Allies: The Collapse of the Rule of Law in the Northern Ireland Conflict’

    15 Oct
    Public Lecture:'Lethal Allies: The Collapse of the Rule of Law in the Northern Ireland Conflict’

    4.15-6.00pm, Oct 16th 2014

    Venue: The Moot Court room, Áras na Laoi (1st floor) (to the left of the Law Dept reception office), Law Faculty, UCC.

    Speakers: Anne Cadwallader (Pat Finucane Human Rights Centre and Author of ‘Lethal Allies’)

    Margaret Urwin (Justice for the Forgotten)

    A public lecture, outlining what evidence exists, from research of British state archives and reports from the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team, of state involvement in sectarian killings during the recent conflict in Northern Ireland, and attempts by families in Dublin, Monaghan and other border areas to obtain truth and some element of closure. 

    See Lethal Allies

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  • Book Launch: ‘Lethal Allies: The Collapse of the Rule of Law in the Northern Ireland Conflict’

    15 Oct
    Book Launch: ‘Lethal Allies: The Collapse of the Rule of Law in the Northern Ireland Conflict’

    Thursday October 16th 2014 at 7.30-9.00pm, Cork City Library, Grand Parade, Cork

    Speaker: Anne Cadwallader (Pat Finucane Human Rights Centre)

    London-born Anne Cadwallader trained as a journalist in Britain before joining BBC Northern Ireland in 1981, covering the conflict on both sides of the border in Ireland. 

    She has since worked for RTE, been Political Correspondent in Dublin and Northern Editor in Belfast for The Irish Press Group and has also worked for The Irish Echo (New York), the Christian Science Monitor (Boston) and Reuters.

    She has been a radio, television and newspaper freelance journalist for many Irish and international media companies and wrote “Holy Cross: The Untold Story” (Brehon Press) in 2004.

    In 2009, she quit journalism to become a Case Worker with The Pat Finucane Centre in Armagh.  In 2013 she authored “Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland” (Mercier Press), a best-selling book based on research carried out by the Centre. She is in Cork to officially launch the book and talk about some of the research material contained in it. 

    See Public Lecture City Library Anne Cadwallader

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  • Training for Social Workers/Potential Practice Teachers in UCC, 4-5 September 2014

    26 May
    Training for Social Workers/Potential Practice Teachers in UCC, 4-5 September 2014

    Ruth Murray, Fieldwork Coordinator in the School of Applied Social Studies, is organising the annual two-day Fieldwork Workshop Training in UCC on September 4th and 5th September 2014. It is being run by a number of staff within the School of Applied Social Studies and outside Practitioners. It is aimed at social workers who may be considering supervising students in the future or social workers who have not taken students for a while and wish to have their supervision skills refreshed. The two days are free. Topics being covered are:

    • Reflection in Action: What is Reflective Feedback and what does it look like?
    • Challenges on Placement and Different Learning Styles of Students
    • Keeping CORU Proficiencies in mind while supervising students
    • Background to MSW and BSW Programmes
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  • VALIDATION WORKSHOP WITH THE FOUNDER OF VALIDATION, MRS NAOMI FEIL.

    09 Apr
    VALIDATION WORKSHOP WITH THE FOUNDER OF VALIDATION, MRS NAOMI FEIL.

    THE WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE ON 30TH MAY, 2014, AT THE BROOKFIELD HEALTH SCIENCES COMPLEX (ROOM G01, 9.00–17.30). THIS IS THE FIRST SUCH WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN IRELAND. IT IS MRS FEIL’S FIRST VISIT TO CORK, SO IT IS A WORKSHOP NOT TO BE MISSED.

    Validation is a way of working and communicating with older people who have dementia and it is particularly focused on people who are in later stages of dementia. It makes use of sensory methods of communication; touch, song, movement etc, to build relationships and connect with the interests people had and the activities they engaged in at earlier times in their lives, when they were more able to be actively engaged in all aspects of their lives.

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  • The Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Children

    19 May
    The Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Children

    CONFERENCE HELD AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK ON 28th and 29th APRIL 2014

    Issues pertaining to the commercialisation and sexualisation of children have captured the attention of the media, advocacy organisations and politicians in recent years in a number of different contexts including Ireland. Such issues have given rise to much cultural anxiety, debate and policy interventions designed to protect children. The conference brought together a range of stakeholders towards the development of deeper understandings of children and young people’s experiences of living in contemporary sexualised and commercialised worlds. The implications for the development of policy and practice were a significant part of the discussion at the conference. 

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  • Our Bodies, Whose Property?

    02 May
    Our Bodies, Whose Property?

    A Transdisciplinary Thinkery* on “The Body”

     

    15 - 16 May 2014

    University College Cork

     

    * A Thinkery is an active process where people explore issues in a convivial and critical manner or, as Ivan Illich put it, “a free club for the search of surprise, a place where people go who want to have help redefining their questions rather than completing the answers they have (already) gotten.”

     

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  • National Forum for Teaching and Learning Seminar & Workshop 2014

    29 Apr
    National Forum for Teaching and Learning Seminar & Workshop 2014

    Promoting Intercultural Communication and Diversity in Teaching and Work Practice - Seminar & Workshop

    Date: Thursday 8th May 2014

    Time: 9.30am-4.30pm

    Venue: Room G10, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.

    This workshop and seminar will help participants to examine personal and professional values, attitudes and behavioural practices in relation to diversity, difference and equality.   The seminar will encourage a reflection on what types of behaviour or practices undermine equality and dignity at work and look at how these situations might change through individual and collective action within institutions.

     

     

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  • Launch of the new PhD in Social Work at UCC.

    06 May
    Launch of the new PhD in Social Work at UCC.

    The new PhD in Social Work was launched last Thursday May 1st 2014 at UCC.

     

    Professor Walter Lorenz, the Principal of the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano in Northern Italy, visited UCC to launch the new MPhil/PhD in Social Work.

     

    Professor Lorenz presented a paper entitled “Social work‘s place among academic disciplines – the role of research”.  There has been great interest in the new PhD programme to date. The School of Applied Social Studies was delighted that so many social work practitioners attended the launch.  

     

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