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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BACHELOR OF ARTS (HONOURS) Ab Initio


LC297 (Limerick)


LC407 (Thurles)


What is the programme about?


This programme has been designed in consultation with employers, so its content is relevant to employment in the development sector in Ireland. There is a substantial practical component to this programme so students will develop the real skills and competencies required for the workplace. A practical placement in years two and three is a key element of the programme which will allow students apply their learning in a real-life environment.


Students on this programme will develop competencies and skills that will enable them to enter careers in development and social inclusion work. Students will develop practical skills based on the study and analysis of Irish Society and Irish communities; the social, economic and political issues affecting Irish society and different social groups; the role of development in addressing poverty, inequality and social exclusion; the impact of global processes on Irish society.


Potential Applicants please note:


This programme specialises in Community Development and as such it does not offer a specialisation or qualification in Social Care. All applicants accepting a place on this programme will be required to obtain Garda Clearance prior to full registration on the programme.


Who is the programme suited to?


This programme will be of interest to students interested in working in the areas of community development, the voluntary sector or in social inclusion.


Modules


Year 1: Semester 1: Introduction to Community Work 1, Interpersonal Communication, Active Citizenship & Volunteering, Applied Research & Writing Skills, Political Ideology, Introduction to Homelessness (Elective), Introduction to Working with Vulnerable Young People (Elective). Semester 2: Introduction to Community Work 2, Introduction to Group-Work, Politics in Ireland, Introduction to Creative Studies, Introduction to Sociology, Psychology 1.


Year 2: Semester 3: Professional Development, Social Policy, Models of Community Work 1, Organisation Behaviour in the Community Sector, Psychology 2, Group-Work 2, Poverty & Policy. Semester 4: Inequality & Policy, Organisation Behaviour in the Community Sector, Social Policy & Provision, Facilitation Skills in Community Work, Management in the C&V Sector, Models of Community Work 2.


Year 3: Semester 5: Professional Placement (15 weeks) Semester 6: Sociology & Diversity, Psychology of Stress & Distress, Professional Development, Project Management for Community Groups, Quantitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods.


Year 4: Research Thesis, Sociology in Practise, Participatory Techniques in Community Work, Training & Development Skills, Governance & Programme Management in the Community & Voluntary Sector, Current Issues in Community Work, Global Development Theories & Practice, and there are two electives to choose from either Practice Social Enterprise or Psychology in Practice: Approaches to Addiction.


What can I do after the programme?


There are increasing opportunities for paid professional work and career progression within the community and voluntary sector in Ireland. Graduates will be eligible to work in various roles and in a range of development organisations. Examples of positions available in the development sector include: Community Development Worker/Coordinator, Community Youth Worker, Policy Worker, Social Researcher/Research Assistant, Group Worker/Facilitator. Some graduates work for Family Resource Centres, Shannon Development, LEADER companies, An Garda Síochána.


Programme Code LC297 (Limerick) LC407 (Thurles)


Programme Level Level 8


CAO Points 2015 205 (Thurles)


New Programme (Limerick)


Duration 4 Years


Including Work Placements in Year 2 & Year 3


Class Contact Hours 20 hrs per week.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Location


Moylish Campus, Limerick & Thurles Campus


Minimum Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate (2017): A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. Mathematics is not a subject requirement for this programme.


QQI FET/FETAC Applicants & Mature Applicants: Refer to section ‘Entry Requirements’ for further information.


> 98 Undergraduate Prospectus 2017/2018


Contact Mr. Paul Keating, Programme Leader


Tel: 0504 28115 Email: paul.keating@lit.ie Web: www.lit.ie/Courses/LC297 www.lit.ie/Courses/LC407


LIT students pictured at the LIT Charity Christmas Fair.


LIT MOYLISH CAMPUS, LIMERICK &


LIT THURLES CAMPUS


Department of Applied Social Sciences


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