The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence required for employment in a Social Care Setting. It will introduce learners to the area of sociology and social studies and to develop their understanding and awareness of social issues in their own lives and society in general. Learners will develop basic research skills and learn to recognise the complexity of social issues.
Learners will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of sociology and its relevance to understanding their position as an individual, a family member and as part of a community and wider society
2. Discuss the process of socialisation and the agents of socialisation by analysing family peer groups, education, media and how they impact on their lives
3. Examine the area of social stratification in Irish society and describe how this society can be divided into different social strata ie class, gender, race/ethnicity
4. Discuss the impact of discrimination on individuals in society by looking at discrimination and its impact on the following members of society – travellers, the socially marginalised, elderly people, immigrant and migrant workers of diverse racially and cultural backgrounds, minority religions and homosexuals and transsexuals
5. Explore the role and function of the family as a social unit, the changes that have taken place in the family within an Irish context taking into account the implications of martial breakdown
6. Acquire basic research skills by summarising the differences between primary and secondary research and qualitative and quantitative methods
7. Design appropriate survey methods e.g. questionnaires, interviews, observation as investigate strategies to unfamiliar social problems
8. Use a variety of media to access information e.g. new information technology, the library classification system
9. Explore the importance of documenting and acknowledging all relevant sources consulted by employing the Harvard system of referencing and identifying and applying skill of producing a well constructed bibliography
10. Exercise initiative and independence by investigating the experience of discrimination/discriminating practices encountered by one group in Irish society
11. Plan direct and manage time and work independently to provide evidence of research e.g. correspondence, note taking, interviews, tape recordings
12. Process and present findings from research and draw conclusions from their analysis that discusses possible strategies for alleviating discriminating practices for a number of groups in Irish society.
Project – 50%
Examination – Theory 50%
Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided.
If completing the course online, attendance and participation is tracked through Moodle.
A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma.
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.
(€1,095 if paying in instalments)
Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)
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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