Full Title:Social Policy
Module Code:SOCS H8020
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:no description provided
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explain and understand the development of the welfare state in Ireland
  2. Reflect on the concept of equality as a central objective of Irish social policy
  3. Analyse the development of social policy in the areas of health, education, employment, income maintenance, employment and housing.
  4. Critically analyse the central theme of equality in specific areas of social policy provision which include housing, health, education, employment and social security.
  5. Examine and analyse how social policy impacts on the lives of service users whom they will work with.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
What is Social Policy?
Historical origins and development of social policy in Ireland. Influences on social policy, the policy making process.
Principles and concepts of social policy
Equality as an objective of Irish social policy. Equality of outcome, equality of opportunity and equity.
Poverty and Social Exclusion
Defining and measuring poverty in Ireland. Policy initiatives to measure and combat poverty in Ireland. The effects of poverty and social exclusion on children and families
Increasing participation and tackling disadvantage in primary, secondary and third level.
Social Security
Factors influencing the development of social security, welfare dependance. Welfare to work policies.
Housing legislation, tenure types, homelessness, housing need, policy development.
Employment and unemployment, gender, social policies to tackle unemployment.
Eligibility for health services. Financing health care. Socioeconomic inequalities in health care.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Essay n/a 2,4 50.00 0 0 Week 9 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Tutorial 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Healy, S. & Reynolds B., Social Policy in Ireland: Principles, Practice and Problems., 2006 Dublin. Oak Tree Press.
  • Curry, John, Irish Social Services, 2005. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration
  • Suzanne Quin, Kennedy, P., O’Donnell, A & Kiely, G (eds), Irish Social Policy in Context, 1999 Dublin: University College Dublin Press
  • Suzanne Quin, Kennedy, P., O’Donnell, A & Kiely, G (eds), Contemporary Irish Social Policy, 2005. University College Dublin Press
  • Blakemore, Ken, Social Policy: An Introduction, 2003.Buckingham: Open University Press
  • P. Alcock et al (eds.), The Student’s Companion to Social Policy, 2003. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers
  • Whyte, J, Church and State in Modern Ireland., 1971. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.
  • Burke, H. 1987, The People and the Poor Law in 19th Century Ireland, The Women’s Education Bureau
  • Considine, M. and Dukelow, F. 2009, Irish Social Policy: A Critical Introduction., Gill and Macmillian Dublin
  • Fanning, Kennedy, Kiely and Quinn. 2004, Theorising Irish Social Policy, UCD Press Dublin
  • Leahy and Wiley. 1998, The Irish Health System in the 21st Century., Oak Tree Press. Dublin.
  • Archer and Weir 2005, Addressing Disadvantage, A Review of International Literature and of Strategy in Ireland, Report on Educational Disadvantage Committee, ., Educational Disadvantage Committee Dublin:
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: http://www2.rgu.ac.uk/publicpolicy/intro duction
  • Website: http://www.cpa.ie/povertyinireland/publi cations.htm
  • Website: http://www.cpa.ie/publications/conferenc epapers.htm
  • Website: http://www.cori.ie/justice/soc_issues/na ppse/2006_08/NAPincl_191005
  • Website: http://www.cso.ie/eusilc/documents/eusil c.pdf
  • Website: Irish Social Policy Association www.ispa.ie
  • Website: UK Social Policy Association www.spa.com
  • Website: Central Statistics Office www.cso.ie
  • Website: CORI www.cori.ie
  • Website: Dept of An Taoiseach www.taoiseach.gov.ie
  • Website: NESC www.nesc.ie
  • Website: NESF www.nesf.ie

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 5 Mandatory
DK_BSSC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care 5 Mandatory