BSOCSC SOCIAL SCIENCE
Social science is the study of how human societies are organised. It involves the analysis of the social forces that govern the world we live in and their impact on individuals, families, communities and countries. It's also the study of how class, gender, religion, and race affects groups of people and of the roles played by large institutions like political or education systems. This programme emphasises the study of applied social science through the subject Social Policy. This subject is concerned with government and institutional policies in relation to human welfare. As a student, you will get to grips with contemporary issues in society, especially Irish society, learning to explore practical problems using conceptual and analytical tools. You will be encouraged to rigorously and systematically scrutinise commonsense and partisan views of society, developing your skills of enquiry, research, and communication.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate with two Higher Level papers at C3 and four Ordinary or Higher Level papers at grade D3
This course requires 3 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
Mature Students must fill out the NUI Maynooth Mature Student Application Form available at http://admissions.nuim.ie/mature_students/mature_form.shtml. It is essential that you also apply to the CAO further details available at www.cao.ie.. Both applications must be received before the 1st of February. Candidates will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of an entrance test
For further information on mature student entrance tests please see our website at http://admissions.nuim.ie/mature_students/MatureTests.shtml
Candidates with a Disability
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (dyslexia) and require examination support for the written tests please download the form http://access.nuim.ie/news/mature-and-restricted-assessment-test from this page. Please send in this form with your supporting documentation to Ms. Rose Ryan, Disability Officer (telephone 01-708 6341), by 1st March each year.
Unfortunately we will be unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after the deadline. You can find further information on the supporting documentation required and examination and other supports available at http://access.nuim.ie/disability/prospective-students.
Mature students - Closing dates for application:
The closing date for mature applications is February 1st.
As a Double Honours Bachelor of Social Science degree, three subjects are taken in First Year and two in Second and Third Year. In First Year, all students take Social Policy, Sociology and choose one subject from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, or Philosophy. In Second and Third Year you continue with two Social Policy and one of your First Year subjects.
|Career and postgraduate options|
Applied social science can provide a valuable foundation in knowledge and skills for many vocations and occupations; it is particularly associated with the social professions of community work, youth work and social work. Graduates are also to be found in a wide range of other careers, including management and public administration, journalism, the media and social research. If you wish to become a professional social worker, you must undertake the National Qualification in Social Work. (The accrediting body is the National Social Work Qualifications Board; visit their website at www.nswqb.ie). Most social workers qualify by completing a Bachelor of Social Science first and, later on, a postgraduate professional qualification.
- MSocSc (Rights and Social Policy)
- Masters in Community & Youth Work
- MA (Applied Social Studies)
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site