Diploma Course Overview
This Diploma was developed in response to the continuing education needs of professionals in social and community settings in Ireland. In the context of professionalization of social care work, this course reflects the area of social care in Ireland from two perspectives.
Psychological Aspect of Social Care
Contemporary Social Care Practice in Ireland
The psychologicalcomponent provides a solid introduction to developmental theories across the human lifespan including influences on childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.
The practice component explores current social care practices, theoretical concepts and approaches in a variety of diverse settings in Ireland.
The course is designed primarily to meet the needs of employees of the industry that have practical experience in statutory, voluntary and private service and settings including independent and residential services for individuals with disabilities, residential and aftercare services for children, homeless services, services for older people and community support services.
The aim of the Diploma is to educate reflective practitioners who can continue to learn and develop their professional knowledge, interpersonal skills and self-awareness appropriate for careers in social care.
Anita Brady BSoc.Sc., MSoc.Sc. is a graduate of Maynooth University and a Bachelor of Sociology and Social Policy and holds a Master’s Degree in Rights and Social Policy. Upon completion of Anita’s undergraduate Degree, she was awarded a first-class honours in respect of her Dissertation which examined the experiences of whistleblowers in Ireland.
Anita has presented lectures on the experiences of whistleblowers from a sociological and policy perspective and was a tutor in Maynooth University where she tutored the module entitled: Political economy within the European Union.
Anita’s Master’s Degree explored from a social policy perspective, tribunals and inquiries in Ireland, with a particular emphasis on corruption, malpractice, wrongdoing and whistleblowing scandals in an Garda Síochána. Anita currently works in the area of social care; specifically, working with children who have experienced major trauma and in the care of the State. Anita currently lectures the Diploma in Social Studies in City Colleges Dublin.
Lifespan Psychological Development (weeks 1-5):
Psychology and its application to Social CareChildhood
Development including Attachment Theory and Emotional Development
Lifespan Learning and Development
Adolescence and Early Adulthood
Life Transitions in Adulthood
Old Age and End of Life Care
Social Care Applications (weeks 6-10):
Historical Context and Policy of Social Care in Ireland
Childcare practices including Children’s First Guidelines
Social Care Models and Service Provision
Care of the Older Person
Lectures are delivered classroom-based and online. All content is webcast live and recorded for review. Online content is available through Moodle.
Attendance and Assessment:
A ‘Pass’ grade on both the written assignment (Project) as well as in-class participation. A ‘Fail’ grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 course evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Likewise, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.
Students will be assessed through a written project to be submitted within one month of cessation of lectures. This written assignment will be a 2,500 word (+/- 200 words). Submitted essays will be graded with accompanying feedback. Referencing guidelines will be provided – students will be expected to support their views by referencing a certain amount of published material.
(€1,095 if paying in instalments)
Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)
If paying in instalments by direct debit, the deposit to book a place is €150 and the balance is split into three equal monthly payments.
Non-EU Students: Call +353 1 4160034
Why City Colleges?
- Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
- Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
- City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
- Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
- Study rooms and library in our City Centre location
- Limited class size