SPOL10180 History of Irish Social Policy

Academic Year 2023/2024

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
Continuous Assessment: One coursework assessment exercise totalling 30 percent Unspecified n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay assignment

Please not that students must complete an online Academic Integrity Course
in order to be able to submit their essay.
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
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Fri 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 5, 10 Fri 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 3, 5, 10 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 3, 5, 10 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 3, 5, 10 Wed 13:00 - 13:50