The School of Applied Social Studies provides a rich educational and research environment, which promotes a culture of critical intellectual and practice enquiry in the social sciences, based upon participation, inclusion and diversity. Since its establishment in 1990, the School has developed a national and international reputation for social science research focused on the challenges and changes in contemporary Irish society in both its European and global contexts. It has strong traditions of cross-disciplinary research (with scholars in fields such as law, education, geography, nursing and music), international collaboration and community engagement in the public sphere. The School is a co-founder of the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21).
Over the past two decades, the School of Applied Social Studies has grown to become one of the largest schools within the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. It offers a wide variety of programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and continuing professional development levels in the three fields of study of social policy, social work, and youth and community work. Due to a strong commitment to research-led teaching, our research and teaching activities are closely intertwined. For the period 2007 – 2012, UCC had the highest citation rate in the areas of social policy and social work of any of the universities in Ireland.
There are seven specific areas of research expertise within the School: Civil Society; Gender and Sexuality; Health, Disability and Ageing; Irish Social Policy; Migration; Planning; Social Work.