Entry Points (2017)
306

Course Overview

This programme is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key trends and changes in family life and child and youth development, with a specific focus on Irish society. There are two underpinning beliefs built into the programme, one being that children and young people need to be valued, listened to and enabled to reach their full potential and the other that at some stage, all families, no matter who they are, need help and support to function.

Given this, the programme places specific emphasis on developing the knowledge and practical skills required to work in the youth work, family support and community development sector.

The core strengths of this programme include:an eight-month work placement in year three; small group teaching delivered in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, the University’s flagship Institute for applied social science research that informs policy and practice (www.nuigalway.ie/ilas); and teaching that is led by professionals working in practice and staff from the internationally recognised UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (www.nuigalway.ie/childandfamilyresearch).

Please see brochure for more information: BA Child, Youth and Family: Policy & Practice

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

none
Duration

4 years

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

CCC or equivalent combination

Average intake

40

Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY120

PAC code

Course Outline

This course is delivered through a series of modules centred around child, youth and family studies. These modules introduce students to the disciplines of political science, sociology, public and social policy, economics, psychology, the creative arts, information technology and law. Many of the modules have a strong focus on personal and professional skills development, equipping students with both research skills and the range of skills necessary to work in the sector.

Year 1
  • Introduction to Child, Youth and Family Studies
  • Introduction to Politics and Sociology
  • Practising Sociology and Politics
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Applied Public Policy
  • Applications Programming
  • Youth Development
  • Development Psychology
  • Concepts and Practices of Politics and Sociology
  • Applied Economics
  • Internet and Web Development
Year 2
  • Youth Work Principles and Practice
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Understanding Family and Society
  • Economics of Public and Social Policy
  • Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Families
  • Human Rights, Inter-culturalism and Equality
  • Developmental work through the outdoors
  • Child, Youth and Family Service Provision in Ireland
  • Youth Development
  • Communities in Focus
  • Professional Skills
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Economics of Family Policy
Year 3
  • Work Placement
Year 4
  • Connecting Research, Policy and Practice in Children’s Services
  • Theatre of the Oppressed in Youth and Family Work
  • Child Protection and Welfare
  • Children’s Geographies
  • The Value of Arts in the Lives of Children
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Project Planning and Evaluation
  • Family Law
  • Issues in Contemporary Families
  • Current Debates in Youth and Family Work
  • Option Modules

Equivalent modules may be substituted from time to time for any of the above under exceptional circumstances and when approved by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

Further Education

Graduates with this degree will be eligible to apply for a range of postgraduate courses on offer at NUI Galway. These include the MA in Social Work, MA in Family Support Studies, MA in Community Development and MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This degree programme will offer a variety of career opportunities, in areas such as youth work, family support, community development, public administration, education, international organisations, research and access to a range of postgraduate opportunities.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

Dr Cormac Forkan
Course Co-ordinator

T: +353 91 49 3653
E: cormac.forkan@nuigalway.ie  

Dr. Danielle Kennan
Deputy Programme Director

T: +353 91 49 5731
E: danielle.kennan@nuigalway.ie