UCC Undergraduate courses

Social Science

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Social Science

  • Code

    CK102

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    3 years

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    BSocSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution Charge + Capitation Fee: €3,250 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in another language. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2018: 387

Course Outline

Are you open-minded? Are you committed to social justice? Do you support and advocate for human rights? Are you interested in a career that promotes people’s wellbeing? Would you like to develop skills to analyse and navigate our supercomplex world?

The Bachelor of Social Science degree (BSocSc) invites you to study the social, cultural, psychological, political, and economic influences that shape the world we live in. If you embrace thinking about complicated and multi-layered social issues - such as mental health, children’s rights, education, disability, drugs and alcohol use, racism, sexual identity, housing and homelessness, equality, sustainability, and criminal justice – then Social Science is for you!

Over the course of three years, Social Science students develop highly valuable skills – including argumentation, problem-solving, critical thinking, writing, analytical, and research skills – that enable them to flourish as learners, people, professionals, active citizens, advocates, and activists.

On the Social Science course, you will examine social issues from many perspectives, and study several subjects including Social Policy, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, and Economics. The course is designed on the understanding that this is the first time that most students are encountering the social sciences. As such, students are not expected to have prior knowledge of the various subjects and the first year is focused on introducing you to key concepts and theories.

In the second and third years of the course, you will again take a number of ‘core’ or compulsory modules in social policy, sociology, economics, philosophy, and psychology. You will also be invited to choose (elective) modules of particular interest to you from a large range of possibilities. The course also offers you the chance to develop your practical experience through optional work experience in an organisation of your choice in Ireland or abroad. And, if you are interested in languages, you can also study French, German, Spanish, Italian, or Irish/Gaeilge. This flexibility in design allows you to shape the degree to fit your own specialist interests and career plans.

An exciting and important element of the degree is the opportunity to engage in research about a social issue of special interest to you. Final year students undertake a social research project that they design and carry out with the guidance of an academic and with opportunities to collaborate with local community organisations. Students therefore produce ‘real world’ research that responds to key social issues in the 21st century.

Year 1 Modules:

Core

Politics and Social Policy

Introduction to Sociology

Key Issues in Sociology

Social Psychology Lifespan Development

Markets and Government: An Introduction to Economics

Electives

Philosophy and Social Science - An Introduction

or

Social Practice and the Social Professions

Year 2 Modules:

Core:

Social Policy, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Economics

Electives:

Social Policy; Sociology; Statistics; Languages; Chinese Studies; Philosophy

Year 3 Modules:

Core:

Politics and Social Policy, Social Research Project

Electives:

Sociology; Social Policy; Economics; Social Work and Social Services; Sociology and Society; Applied Psychology; Languages; Philosophy; Statistics

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Course Practicalities

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Most modules include continuous assessment.

In the final year, students write a research project on a topic of their choosing and with the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Why Choose This Course

Student Testimonials

I chose to study Social Science CK102 at UCC because I knew I wanted a career that was focused on working with people

Adam Fahey, Graduate 2018

The BSocSc was excellent preparation for my Masters degree in Occupational Therapy Studies in the UK

Peter Nestor

Graduate, 2012

Find Out More

Choose this course if you are concerned about shaping a more fair and just society and if you are motivated to contribute positively to people’s wellbeing. You will find yourself amongst a group of students and academics who are similarly driven to think critically about social justice and social issues.

The BSocSc degree course is delivered in a student-centred way, based on a strong commitment to supporting our students to flourish intellectually and professionally. Three dedicated coordinators look after students in each year of the course. They are an important resource for students who may have queries about module choices, the structure of the course, or are looking for academic advice.

Teaching and learning practices include small group tutorials, seminars on study and writing skills, and ongoing tutor and staff availability throughout the year. As academics who are also committed teachers, we are highly regarded for our innovative teaching and learning practices. In particular, we have developed effective teaching practices that draw on digital

technologies to support student learning using fun, creative, and formative methods of engagement that enhance students’ digital skills alongside their academic development.

An ethos of connection to and service to society underpins our teaching and learning practices. Committed to developing independent and critical thinking skills, our graduates develop vital research, argumentation, and analytical skills that will equip them for successful engagement in work, study, and active citizenship.

In summary, the BSocSc in UCC is a highly-regarded academic degree with an excellent national and international reputation for its teaching and learning, research, and community engagement practices.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Placements are offered on an optional basis on the BSocSc. Students undertake a minimum of 150 hours work in a setting relevant to their studies and placements are completed in the summer months.

Students have undertaken placements in a diverse range of local community settings and social services agencies. Many students have chosen to complete their placements abroad, in places like India, Sri Lanka, Belarus, Romania, Ukraine, Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa.

Skills and Careers Information

The Social Science degree is ideally suited to those who are broadly interested in working with people in a social- and community-focused context. Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings and public and voluntary sector organisations, such as community and health services, probation, social care, local government, housing associations, and social service/advocacy groups.

In terms of postgraduate opportunities, a big advantage for Social Science graduates is that they can access a broad range of postgraduate courses in diverse fields including:

* social work

* occupational therapy

* speech and language therapy

* planning and sustainable development

* community and youth work

* social policy and social research

* criminology

* teaching

* marketing and management

* journalism

 

Students who are interested in person-centred careers – but who may be undecided about what particular area they would like to specialise in – will enjoy space and time to grow and mature and to explore their options. Along the way, the degree enables students to develop valuable transferable professional and academic skills including critical thinking, problem solving, social analysis, writing and research skills.

Requirements

Leaving Cert entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

English

Irish

Other Language

O6/H7

O6/H7

O6/H7

FETAC Requirements.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2019/20 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €250.

 

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact

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