NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

School of Political Science and Sociology College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE 1. Placement opportunities: Practice placements are carried out in a variety of settings, including those dealing with child protection, domestic violence, mental health, disability, and older people. 2. Employability: Excellent employment prospects. 3. Accredited : The programme is currently accredited by the statutory regulatory agency, CORU (see ), the Health and Social Care Professionals’ Council. CONTACT Academic curriculum queries: Professor Caroline McGregor T: +353 91 492 027 E: General enquiries: Ms Kay Donohue T: +353 91 492 290 E: PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MA DURATION: 2 years, full-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 25 COURSE INSTANCE(S): 1SK1 FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. GARDA VETTING/POLICE CLEARANCE: Garda vetting/ police clearance is required for this programme. Please see page 285 for further information. CLOSING DATE : 31 January 2021

Social Work

Your Course This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be registered as a social worker by the CORU registration body. It provides both university and practice-based learning to students, offering opportunities to learn about social problems and their causes, as well as policy solutions. It also equips students with skills in working with individuals, groups and communities, putting an emphasis on the promotion of human rights and social justice. Students complete two practice placements as well as a range of modules, such as Theory and Social Work; Social Work Practice, Law and Human Rights; Social Policy, Mental Health and Health Promotion; Working with Vulnerable Children and Adults; Crime Reduction and Probation Work; and Human Behaviour and the Social Environment. Career Opportunities Social workers are much in demand and deal with a range of issues that affect people, including poverty, violence, abuse, mental health, addiction and disability. A range of voluntary, public and private sector organisations require social work services, such as the Health Services Executive, Tusla (Child and Family Agency), the Department of Justice’s probation services and local authorities. The voluntary/ non-governmental sector includes specialist services to children and adults such as Ability West, Enable Ireland, Brothers of Charity Services, Galway Drugs Service, Jigsaw and COPE. Minimum Entry Requirements A primary undergraduate degree (minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2) in one of the following: BA with a major in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology Social Policy, Social Science, Social Studies, Social Care, Public and Social Policy, Youth and Family Studies, Childhood Education, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Community Development or other relevant qualifications deemed equivalent by NUI Galway. Applicants must have the equivalent of six months’ full-time relevant experience (960 hours) by the time of application. Up to 240 hours can be allocated to relevant placement, and the remaining must be from supervised practice in a relevant social service organisation. FIND OUT MORE AT: social-work.html

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