Module Details

Module Code: SOCS N7001
Full Title The Voice of the Child and Social Policy
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Owner: Lyn Bowers
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: The aim of this module is to provide the students with knowledge of the principles, problems and practice of Social Policy in Ireland and in particular considering the voice of the child.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Outline the development of social policy in Ireland, relating to the early childhood sector.
MLO2 Identify and discuss the influences of social policy.
MLO3 Describe specific areas of social policy provision.
MLO4 Recognise the importance of the voice of the child.
MLO5 Discuss issues relating to the development of social policy on early childhood health, education and play in Ireland.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Unit 1. Introduction to Social Policy.
Introduction to social policy. Development of social policy. Influences on social policy. The child in society.
Unit 2. Social Policy Provision.
Direct and indirect social policy provision. Health, Education, Play, children with Special Needs. Ecological Systems Theory.
Unit 3. Voice of the child.
Voluntary and Statutory organisations responsible for recognising the voice of the child. Advocacy. Methodologies employed to 'hear' the voice of the child. National Strategy on Children and Young People's Participation in Decision-Making 2015-2020
Unit 4. Children as consumers of Social Policy.
Social understanding of Childhood; Young children within the early childhood sector, children with special needs; children as citizens
Unit 5. Policy development for Early Childhood.
National and International policy. Contemporary strategies and schemes - The National Policy Framework for Children & Young People 2014-2020: Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures; First 5, A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families, 2019-2028, Early Education & Care: Government schemes to support children's early learning, care & development. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter. 2016. The Work Force Development Plan. The future of social policy.
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 100
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students are required to produce a substantive piece of work that meets the learning outcomes for this module
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Repeat project.

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


Module Workload

This module has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Practical Contact workshop Once per semester 0.20 3
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.50 2.5
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 5.00 5
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.70
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.20
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs. (2015), National Strategy on Children and Young People's Participation in Decision-Making, 2015-2020, Government Publications, Dublin, [ISBN: 9781406428742].
  • Considine, M; Dukelow, F.. (2017), Irish Social Policy: a Critical Introduction., 2nd. Policy Press, Dublin., [ISBN: 9781447329619].
  • Kilkelly, U. (2013), Children's Rights in Ireland: Law, Policy and Practice, 2nd. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, [ISBN: 9871780432267].
  • Wright, H. (2015), The Child in Society, SAGE Publications Ltd, London, [ISBN: 9781446266335].
  • Mhic MhathĂșna, M. Taylor, M.. (2012), Early Childhood Education and Care: An Introduction for Students in Ireland, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, [ISBN: 9780717153244].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Quinn, S. (2005), Contemporary Irish Social Policy, 2nd Ed. University College Dublin Press, Dublin..
  • Healy, S., and Reynold, B. (2006), Social Policy in Ireland: Principles, Practice and Problems., Liffey Press, Dublin..
  • Program Committee for a Workshop on Improving Research on Interactive Media and Children's Health, National Research Council, Alexandra Beatty (Editor). Studying Media Effects on Children and Youth, (electronic source). National Academies Press, Washington D.C., [ISBN: 0309102758].
  • Yeo, A and Lovell, T. (2007), Sociology and Social Policy for the Early Years, Hodder Arnold, London..
  • Flood, E. (2010), Assisting Children with Special Needs, Gill and Macmillan Ltd, Dublin., [ISBN: 9780717147588].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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