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At the end of this module, a student, who has attended lectures, engaged with directed readings, and completed all assessments, will be able to:
LO1: Appreciate the interrelationship between policy, politics, administration and law in the arena of social inclusion as relevant to social welfare law and housing law;
LO2: Evaluate legislative entitlement to social welfare and housing in Ireland, broadly, and with respect to identified societal groups.
LO3: Appraise the utility, or otherwise, of Irish constitutional law and international human rights law in protecting persons rights to welfare and/or housing.
LO4: Interpret and apply primary legal materials and research legal problems;
LO5: Formulate opinions and communicate ideas in an appropriate manner to different target audiences.
Social Inclusion Law reflects on the role of the law and the legal system in protecting persons from poverty in Ireland. With a focus on social inclusion and the Irish legal system, this module examines three two interlinked issues in order to reflect on the role of law in promoting social inclusion: (1) Law & Social Inclusion; (2) Law and Welfare and (3) Law and Housing.
(1) In Law and Social Inclusion, the concept of social inclusion and the role of law is examined. In commencing our exploration, we will engage extensively with Bunreacht na hÉireann (the Irish Constitution) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ICESCR). The limits, but also the potentials, for Bunreacht to further protect housing and welfare rights, as two types of social and economic right, will be considered. Ireland has signed and ratified significant international legal instruments such as ICESCR. We examine how Irish domestic law engages with these freely accepted legal obligations throughout part (2) and (3) of the course also.
(2) In Law and Welfare, the role of Irish legislation in protection persons against poverty will be described, analysed and critiqued. Key legislative qualification criteria for social welfare payments will be discussed. Detailed insights into the legal basis and judicial interpretation of social welfare law in Ireland will be considered. This may focus on administrative and judicial systems for determining qualification entitlement, as well as on select societal groups in other to provide a deep understanding of how general rules of applicability, may impact differently on societal groups.
(3) In Law and Housing, we will engage in a detailed exploration of housing and social welfare law, local authority housing allocation law and Travellers and housing rights. Issues of housing have dominated political discourses in Ireland over the last decade. The retreating role of the State in housing provision has led to complex legislative rules and criteria that will be considered.
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Not applicable to this module.
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|Assignment: Completion of a 1,500 word assignment. Released in Week 10 and due by end of Trimester assessment period.||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Released in Week 4 and completed by end of Week 7. Completion of a 1,000 word essay/policy proposal/blog (form may vary) relating to the module.||Week 7||n/a||Graded||No||
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• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities
Should students require feedback on their learning for this module, then students are encouraged to self-assess their learning, and seek clarification from the lecturer, by arranging to meet the lecturer during office hours or through use of the Brightspace Q&A forums. Group class feedback will be available on the essay/policy proposal/blog (form may vary) element of this module and feedback with provisional results will be released within 20 working days of submission (tbc). Group class feedback on the end of semester assignment will be available once grades are confirmed by the University. To gain individual feedback on module assessments students follow UCD School of Law requirements for requesting an individual feedback meeting once grades are approved. Full information on this process will be provided to students via Brightspace.