SPOL10180 History of Irish Social Policy

Academic Year 2022/2023

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the range and scope of social policy analysis by showing how the subject has developed over time. The module covers the history and development of Irish social policy. It examines how social change has influenced and has been influenced by social policy developments since the nineteenth century.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course the student will have a grounding in the history and development of Irish social policy, on the interrelationship between social change and social policy in the Irish case, on the evolution of the Irish mixed economy of welfare.

The student will also have developed skills in reading and contextualising books, articles and research reports.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, active/task based learning; peer and group work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Two coursework assessment exercises totalling 30 percent Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Ms Amy Stapleton Tutor
Caroline Walsh Tutor