The Bachelor of Social Science degree (BSocSc) studies how human societies are organised, the social forces, institutions and ideologies that shape society, and the factors that influence the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities, and countries.
You will learn to analyse contemporary social problems, issues and policy responses, related to poverty and social exclusion, drugs, criminal justice, housing, migration, ethnicity, disability ageing and gender. A key focus is on how to address inequality and promote rights and entitlements to services for all. You will also learn about social professions such as social work, community work and youth work, and may pursue postgraduate opportunities in these fields at Maynooth as a postgraduate.
The degree is organised as a double major programme with the core subject of Social Policy and one of the following subjects: Sociology, Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Geography or Economics. The core subject of Social Policy focuses on government and institutional policies concerned with human needs and welfare in the broadest sense, and how these needs are addressed.
Why choose this degree?
- Social Policy is available to study only in the Bachelor of Social Science degree.
- This subject is the basis for careers in policy research and policy analysis.
- This degree is prescribed as the basis for undertaking a Master’s in Social Work.
- The scope of the course includes key topics like class, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and ageing, It also covers policy issues such as poverty, child and family policy, housing, criminal justice and drugs.
- Social Policy
- Critical Skills for Social Sciences
- 1 of the following subjects: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History or Philosophy
- Continue with Social Policy and 1 of your 1st year subjects as a Double Major Bachelor of Social Science degree
- Optional 10 credit Electives in second year
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Mature student applicants who have a disability
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2022 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline.
01 February 2022
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- EU/EFTA/UK students
- International students (outside the EU)
- QQI (Further Education) students
- Transferring students
- Deferring students