Ordinary Bachelor Degree
Programme Code: DK_BSSC_7
Mode of Delivery:Full Time, Part Time, Modular
No. of Semesters:5
NFQ Level:7
Programme Credits:180

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner should be able to :

PO1Knowledge - Breadth
 (a)Specialised knowledge across a variety of areas
 (b)Specialised knowledge of social systems and structures and social care, e.g.: - Political system in Ireland - Power and its use and abuse - Inequality and cycles of poverty - Social inclusion theory and methods - The causes and dynamics of challenging behaviours and proactive/reactive approaches to them Specialised knowledge of systems and regulations applicable to social care, e.g.: - Contemporary social care in Ireland - Legislation and regulations relevant to social care - Health and welfare systems - Professional obligations under child protection and welfare guidelines and duty of care - Professional obligations for the protection, care and welfare of vulnerable people Knowledge of the principles governing professional regulation and oversight Specialised knowledge of professional social care practice and the roles of the social care professional, e.g.: - Systematic approaches to social care practice - Service models in social care - Organisational behaviour and dynamics - Dilemmas and constraints arising in social care work - Scope, benefits and limitations of inter- professional work Knowledge of human rights and social justice discourses and their application in social care, e.g.: - The ethical underpinnings of established professional values and codes of practice Knowledge of social care’s main research, enquiry and analysis methods, e.g.: - Systematic approaches to appraising evidence - Critical understanding of the main research methodologies and methods - Research ethics Knowledge of the principles for the presentation of professional reports
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)Demonstrate specialised technical, creative or conceptual skills and tools across an area of study
PO3Skill - Range
 (a)Demonstrate specialised technical, creative or conceptual skills and tools across an area of study
PO4Skill - Selectivity
 (a)Exercise appropriate judgement in a number of complex planning, design, technical and/or management functions related to products, services, operations or processes, including resourcing
 (b)Think critically, analyse, and solve problems in the development and management of the provision of social care, e.g.: - Inspect and assure quality of service including outcomes and the protection of service-users - Supervise, support and monitor performance of social care teams - Evaluate and address education and training needs - Formulate policy and procedures for social care and the administration of its provision - Discern and reconcile the interests of the key stakeholders (e.g. the state, the service provider, the social care profession and the service-user) in the provision of service Communicate using advanced skills and tools in a variety of social care settings
 (c)Write research proposals and conduct research under supervision
 (d)Demonstrate specialised technical, creative or conceptual skills and tools across an area of study
PO5Competence - Context
 (a)Utilise diagnostic and creative skills in a range of functions in a wide variety of contexts
 (b)Meet daily social care needs in a variety of social care settings under supervision implementing planned activity to achieve agreed outcomes, e.g.: - Maintain unconditional positive regard for service-users - Support service-users’ participation in natural networks and the community - Provide developmental care to help service- users achieve their maximum potential (e.g. by individualised planning) - Apply the concepts and skills of empowerment and advocacy Operate critically in inter-professional contexts and participate in collective decision making Analyse selected research and conduct well defined research in the social care field
PO6Competence - Role
 (a)Accept accountability for determining and achieving personal and/or group outcomes; take significant supervisory responsibility for the work of others in defined areas of work
 (b)Operate reflexively in an inter- professional context Engage in self-directed practice and keywork (with service-users, groups, communities) seeking professional support/guidance where necessary, e.g.: - Contribute to the learning experiences of colleagues/teams through support - Support the service-user in positively valued social roles - Manage relationships resiliently - Respect the expertise of other professionals and work collaboratively with them - Increase public awareness of the value of social care - Take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding people’s lives - Seek and understand the information required to support effective evidence-based practice Take responsibility for the safeguarding and protection of service-users appropriately identifying and managing risk Identify potential harm to service-users and respond/manage appropriately Ensure the safety of service users proactively Act professionally and ethically with an appropriate level of autonomy, proficiency, accountability and responsibility in social care practice
PO7Competence - Learning to Learn
 (a)Take initiative to identify and address learning needs and interact effectively in a learning group
 (b)Take responsibility for personal professional development, e.g.: - Take direction, accept supervision/ management and use feedback from a range of stakeholders to enhance personal practice - Reflect on personal experience and group practice to integrate experiential learning with theoretical knowledge - Self-direct personal lifelong learning in a culture respectful of professional, academic and ethical standards
PO8Competence - Insight
 (a)Express an internalised personal world view, manifesting solidarity with others
 (b)Express a personalised professional identity manifesting solidarity with others, e.g.: - Recognise how matters of social justice (including awareness of oppression and inequality) impact on the quality of life of the individual - Recognise when personal values/beliefs clash with the needs or expressed wishes of others and respond appropriately - Approach practice in a way that comprehends and emphasises personal growth of self and others

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
SOCC H8007 Issues in Social Care
PSYC H8001 Psychology 1
RESA H8016 Study, Research & Writing Skills
SOCS H8010 Sociology 1

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
PRPF H7003 Skills Development
PRPF H7004 Personal and Professional Development 1
SOCS H8011 Sociology 2
SOCS H8018 Creativity and the Arts in Social Care ( Part 1 of 2 )
SOCC H8017 Themes and Concepts 1

Stage 2 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
PLCE H8066 Practice Placement 1
SOCS H8018 Creativity and the Arts in Social Care ( Part 2 of 2 )

Stage 2 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
PSYC H8054 Psychology 2
HLST H8007 Holistic Health and Wellbeing
HLST H8008 The Discourse of Ageing
ART H8001 Art in Community and Social Contexts
LAW H8013 Legal Framework for Social Care

Stage 3 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
SOCS H8020 Social Policy
RESA H8017 Qualitative Research
SOCS H8021 Gender and Social Change
PRPF H8008 Personal and Professional Development 2
SOCS H8022 Themes and concepts 2