DN750 BSocSc Social Policy and Sociology (SBU2)

If you are interested in a people-focused career, the newly restructured Social Science degree prepares you for a range of exciting career opportunities and post-graduate pathways. Pathways can be viewed by selecting the following link.

Curricular information is subject to change

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

The Bachelor of Social Science gives students an excellent grounding in the disciplines of Social Policy and Sociology. The degree provides a strong foundation for both postgraduate study and a wide range of careers in government, social services, NGOs, education, media and business. It is the standard qualification for those working in policy making and social servces. 

We value multidisciplinary exploration, understanding and critical reflection on societies and their contexts. We encourage our students to be critical thinkers, to develop an awareness of ethical issues, and to engage with civil society in order to act as socially aware, responsible citizens.

We provide a learning environment that supports and encourages the development of reflective  and analytic skills. Students will work individually and with their peers to evaluate evidence and identify solutions to key social challenges.

We offer students a variety of teaching and learning approaches. The primary approach is the combination of lectures and seminars. Alongside these we use active learning approaches, for example panel debates, lab work, policy evaluations, work placements, field work, poster sessions and group work. Face to face interaction between students, lecturers and tutors is supported by online tools. 

1 - Demonstrate a broad understanding of Social Policy and Sociology
2 - Demonstrate in-depth understanding of their chosen pathway
3 - Synthesise, evaluate, interpret and report theories and evidence in an open, analytical and critical manner.
4 - Apply their knowledge to find evidence-based, ethical and creative solutions to social issues.
5 - Use appropriate research methods to develop and answer research questions
6 - Communicate effectively using written and oral methods
7 - Work effectively and responsibly, using professional techniques, tools and technologies, as an individual and in teams

If you are interested in a people-focused career, the new Social Science degree prepares you for a range of exciting career opportunities and postgraduate pathways.

In a time of rapid change the Social Science degree (BSocSc) offers you the opportunity to explore and understand the society in which you live. In the Social Science degree you will examine the complexities of social life and see how individuals and groups live and work together. You will also explore how best to respond to individual needs and to the particular requirements of marginalised members of society.

These core modules in the first year of the degree allow you to take a sociological view of society and social life, looking at why people behave in certain ways and how they function in the different groups to which they belong – families, races, classes, religions and neighbourhoods. In this year you also study the fundamentals of Social Policy, looking at the most effective way to respond the social problems and social needs in areas such as housing, health and education. In Social Policy modules you explore the complexities behind such issues as poverty, gender inequalities and drug or alcohol abuse. You are taught by supportive staff who, using a mixture of lectures and small-group teaching, are interested in helping you choose the modules that best suit your interests and your career needs study.

Social Science in Focus

Stage 1

You will undertake compulsory modules in social policy and sociology. Students are not expected to have any prior knowledge of these disciplines; the first year modules will provide you with a comprehensive introduction.
Academic advice is available to help you choose the most appropriate combination of subject modules for your career choices and to allow you to progress to the path of graduate study most suited to your academic interest and career needs.

Stage 2

In Stage 2, you chose from one of three study paths that have been designed to allow you to directly enter the labour market or to progress to graduate study, leading to a range of interesting and rewarding careers.
Your choice of modules has been tailored to the type of career pathway that matches your particular interests and each student takes a unique combination of modules that best suits their needs. Psychology cannot be taken as a major subject in the Social Science degree, but some of the study paths contain specialist psychology modules.

Social Work and Social Professions Path: This pathway provides you with a strong foundation for professional social work or social service careers, in addition to careers in Counselling, Social care Management, and the Probation Service.

Society and Public Service: You will be introduced to statistics for Social Policy, social policy topics covering a wide range of social services and modules in public sociology. This pathway prepares you for a wide range of master’s programmes and employment in public services, NGOs, community development, youth work, social enterprise and public policy advocacy.

Work, Organisations and People: You will combine social policy and sociology with modules from organisational psychology and industrial relations. This pathway prepares you for study in a wide range of human organisation orientated Master’s programmes and employment in business and personnel management, industrial relations, marketing and corporate responsibility and governance.

You have the option of taking a four-year BSocSc (International) degree that incorporates an extra year of university study abroad as an integral part of the programme.

In Stage 2 you may apply to enter the international programme and, if accepted, you have the opportunity to attend one of a range of European universities during the following year.

The BSocSc provides a strong foundation for both postgraduate study and a wide range of careers in government, social services, NGOs, education, media, including new and online media (who are increasingly expressing an active interest in recruiting social sciences graduates) and business. Alumni include Orlaith Blaney (Marketing and Advertising, former CEO McCannBlue Dublin), Frances Fitzgerald (TD), Ali Hewson (Humanitarian) and Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (Humanitarian & Founder, Focus Ireland).

UCD Social Sciences,
Newman Building,
Dublin 4

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
SOC10010 Foundations of Sociological Thought Autumn 5
SOC10020 Introduction to Sociology Autumn 5
SOC10110 Sociology of Crime & Deviance Autumn 5
SPOL10010 Social Policy Theories and Concepts I Autumn 5
SPOL10030 Understanding Social Problems and Policies Autumn 5
SPOL10180 History of Irish Social Policy Autumn 5
PSY10050 Introduction to Psychology Autumn and Spring (separate) 5
SOC10060 Ireland in Comparative Perspective Spring 5
SOC10070 Sociological Analysis and Research Design Spring 5
SPOL10020 Contemporary Irish Welfare State Spring 5
SSJ10060 Inequality and Social Justice in Irish Society Spring 5
Stage 1 Core Modules
Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
You may choose an elective from the stage 1 elective section when it opens later in the year, or you may select the module below.
SPOL18130 Introduction to Social Work Spring 5
Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
You may choose an elective from the stage 1 elective section when it opens later in the year, or you may select the module below.
See the UCD Assessment website for further details

Module Weighting Info  
  Award GPA
Programme Module Weightings Rule Description Description >= <=
BHSOC011 Stage 3 - 50.00%
Stage 2 - 50.00%
Standard Honours Award First Class Honours



Second Class Honours, Grade 1



Second Class Honours, Grade 2






(Google Chrome is recommended when printing this page)