GMIT Prospectus 2022/23

GMIT Science and Health

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in CommunityDevelopment andYouthWork (Level 8)

Code: GA892 Level: 8

Why study Community Development and Youth Work? The meaning of community development and youth work can be interpreted and understood in a variety of ways. It is apparent in today's contemporary societies that inequalities exist, environments are under increasing pressure and for some individuals, human rights remain unfulfilled. The degree encourages learners to engage in dialogue, lectures, group work, on-line learning, case studies and complete practice placements. Through these interactions learners develop skills, knowledge and practice to work in community development and youth work. The graduate as a critical thinker may work with different groups to promote social inclusion and transformation. What will I study? Year 1:

Year 4:

• Politics in Youth Work and Community Development • Supervision and Continuous Professional Development • Management, Strategic Planning and Evaluation

• Advocacy and Collaborative Approaches • Advanced Group Work, Conflict

Resolution and Mediation • Governance and Voluntary Organisations • Dissertation


• Youth Geography and Migrations • Sustainability and Development Goal

• Online Community Engagement • Community Work Approach to Supporting Families

All places are offered on this course subject to satisfactory Garda vetting clearance. Work experience : Professional Practice Placements arranged with the Placement Coordinator. What are my career options? The potential career paths for successful graduates of the course are varied. These may include: • National and International Youth Organisations and Services. • Childhood Charities • School Completion Programmes • Partnership Companies • Child and Young People’s Service Committees • Family Resource Centres • Education and Training Boards • Various Government Departments, e.g. Child and Youth Affairs or Rural and Community Development amongst others • Various research roles Follow-on Studies GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.

• Introduction to Sociology • Information Technology for Digital Media and Society • Introduction to Community Development • Reflective Personal Development • Invitation to Psychology

• Introduction to Law • Young People and Society • Group Dynamics and Development • Introduction to Social Policy • Creativity with Communities and Young People • Learning and Innovation • Legal Framework for Community Development and Youth Work • Digital Media Skills • Preparation for Placement in Community Development and Youth Work • Practice Placement 1

Year 2:

• Youth Work: Theory, Principles and Practice • Developmental Psychology • Civic Engagement and Leadership • Community Work: Theory, Principles and Process

Elective: • Entrepreneurship in Community and Youth Work • Community and Place

Year 3:

• Social Research • Diversity and Social Inclusion • Youth Cultures

• Promoting Health and Well-being • Human Rights and Equality • Practice Placement 2


• Rural Geography

• Organisational Behaviour

Department of Nursing, Health Sciences & Social Care

DURATION 4 years



Talk to us: Dr Sheila McArdle, Course Chair Tel: +353 94 9043118 | E-mail:


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