Students will consider the role of social policy in addressing some of the ‘wicked problems’ that contemporary societies face. Wicked problems are complex interdependent problems such as crime and poverty, which are often resistant to the policy solutions put in place by governments. Students will be exposed to the arguments for developing policy interventions in areas such as social security, health and housing, and the challenges of implementing and changing policy in these areas at a national and global level.
The Social Policy and Practice (Online) course at Trinity College Dublin attracts individuals from the public, private and community and voluntary sectors who want a sound grasp of the principles that underpin social policy and social service provision. This includes those:
- delivering and managing social service provision e.g. housing, health, child and family and disability services
- designing, developing or funding social policy
- advocating for social policy change
- who require an understanding of social problems and social policy responses to fulfil their organisation’s corporate social responsibility commitments
- seeking career change – e.g. the programmes acts as a conversion course for those without a social science degree who want to be a social worker and must apply for a Master in Social Work
- seeking career development - e.g. promotion in social services delivery or management
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- Principles of Social Policy
- Contemporary Social Policy Debates and Analysis
- Leading Service Human Organisations
- Responding to Homelessness: International and Irish Experiences
- The Family and Society
- Human Rights in Practice
- The programme is open to graduates from all disciplines. Successful applicants will normally hold a level 8 degree in any subject at a minimum of Lower Second Class Honours degree (2.2). Admission to the course is based wholly on the application form and supporting documentation; applicants should ensure they complete all parts of the application to a high standard.
- Complete official transcript displaying minimum required (2.2) overall grade in Honours Bachelor’s Degree (if there is one)
- 2 references (at least one should be academic from a third level institution where the applicant has studied and one should be professional from an organisation where the applicant has had relevant work experience) – these should be on official headed paper or the TCD reference template provided and must be dated within the last year.
- A CV detailing their work experience and education (specifically location and duration) is required, this is for fee purposes.
International14513 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 14513 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA7241 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7241 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
- EU/EEA: €6,129
- Non-EU/EEA: €11,696
Non-EU applicants who apply by the 15th of April will be considered for the school's International Taught Postgraduate Scholarship.
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