GMIT Prospectus 2022/23

GMIT Science and Health

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care (Level 8)

Code: GA889 Level: 8

Why study Applied Social Care? We live in a world of growing inequality and injustice. Do you want to change this? Social Care is a profession dedicated to changing peoples’ lives for the better so that they can be full and empowered participants in shaping their social world. If you want to be a change agent, then this course is for you. You will learn about the multiple causes of social oppression and ways of working with people with a variety of needs so they can be healthy, resilient and free contributors to a caring society. Social care is about liberating people to achieve a better world. This degree is underpinned by an educational philosophy based on dialogue and lived experience. We have a dedicated full-time placement coordinator who works closely with students to ensure the best possible placement experience. Our small class sizes help enrich students’ understanding of what is involved in an authentic and therapeutic

relationship driven by a person-centred approach toward independence and care. All places are offered on this course subject to satisfactory Garda vetting clearance.

What will I study?

What are my career opportunities? The career opportunities for the Social Care Worker is vast and varied. Students may pursue postgraduate studies in social care and social work or gain employment in areas including: • Mental health services • Community & voluntary organisations • Care of the older person • Youth work • Supporting those in residential care • Intellectual disability • Addiction services

Year 1: • Learning and Innovation Skills • PC Applications • Introduction to Social Care • Exploring Values • Introduction to Sociology • Introduction to Psychology • Legal Frameworks for Social Care Year 2: • Professional Practice 1 (12-Week Block) • Social Care Theory & Practice • Applied Social Theory Year 3: • Professional Practice 2 (14-Week Block) • Preparation for Social Care Practice • Pedagogical Practice and Social Care • Regulatory Framework • Developmental Psychology Year 4: • Social Theory • Ethics for Social Care • Relationships in Social Care • Health Promotion: Theory & Principles • Human Rights • Child Care • Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Recovery • Addiction and Care • Arts Based Community Development

• Reflective Personal Development 1 • Group Activities for Social Care Practitioners • Professional Practice Skills in Applied Social Care 1 • Creativity in Social Care

• Advocacy in Social Care • Introduction to Health Promotion • Philosophy of the Self

• Traveller groups • Childcare services • Working with individuals or the broader community

• Social Research and Evaluation Methods • Professional Practice Skills 2 in Applied Social Care

Social Care Work is now regulated by CORU under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. Students who wish to use the professional title of ‘Social Care Worker’ must register with CORU after completing their studies.

Student experience

Electives: • Dissertation • International Social Care Project • Youth Work • Disability & Social Care • Offenders, Ex-Prisoners and Care • Recovery in Mental Health • Therapeutic Applications of Adventure and Nature

Washington Marovatsanga

As this course was my first encounter with social sciences/social care studies at a higher level, I benefited immensely from the

conducive grounding that ensured not only a successful career in social care initially, but also subsequent acquisition of transferable academic skills, knowledge, ethics, requisite disciplines and a sociological imagination that has enabled me to successfully pursue post graduate studies in Social work, and ultimately engage in research work at the highest level of academia. I’m presently doing a PhD on intercultural social work practice. This is an area of great importance for social work and care so that we can respond to all people with cultural sensitivity and justice. Otherwise we risk imposing our own norms on others in a way that could be quite oppressive.

Please Note: Students may exit with a BA in Applied Social Care (Level 7) on successful completion of Year 3.

Department of Nursing, Health Sciences & Social Care

DURATION 4 years



Talk to us: Dr Mark Garavan, Course Chair Tel: +353 94 9043143 | E-mail:


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