Online Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice

Applications are now open for the online Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma delivered by the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. This course provides students from all disciplines with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role that social policies play in shaping our societies. Students will be exposed to the arguments for developing policy interventions in areas such as social security, health and housing, and the challenges of implementing and changing policy in these areas at a national and global level.

Applications are now open for the online Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma delivered by the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. This course provides students from all disciplines with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role that social policies play in shaping our societies. Students will be exposed to the arguments for developing policy interventions in areas such as social security, health and housing, and the challenges of implementing and changing policy in these areas at a national and global level.
The programme attracts those from the community and voluntary sector as well as the public and private sectors who are involved in:
• delivering and managing social service provision e.g. housing, health, child and family and disability services
• designing, developing or funding social policy
• advocating for social policy change
• seeking career change or career development
• interested in further study
The programme has particular appeal to graduates who wish to pursue a Master’s programme in social work, social research and social policy but who do not have an undergraduate qualification in these fields. This Postgraduate Diploma can act as a conversion course for such graduates and enhance their application for specialised programme such as a Master in Social Work.
Eligible graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma also have the option of a second year of online study leading to a M.Sc. in Social Policy and Practice.
Online Delivery and Assessment
The course is delivered and assessed entirely online. Students engage in weekly learning activities in their home or workplace as there is no requirement to attend classes at the Trinity campus in Dublin. They are given access to online learning materials in a virtual learning environment and engage with other students and lecturers using discussion board and blogs.
The programme runs over three terms from September until May. Students participate in weekly live online tutorials with their lecturer and other students. There are no terminal examinations on the course. A range of continuous assessment methods are used including projects, blogs, reflective journals, essays and case studies.
The course consists of the following six modules:
Crime and Punishment in Irish Society
Leading Human Service Organisations
The Family and Society
Principles of Social Policy
Human Rights in Practice (Disability)
Contemporary Social Policy Debates & Analysis
Admissions
The programme is open to graduates from all disciplines. Successful applicants will normally hold a level 8 undergraduate degree in any subject at a minimum of Upper Second Class Honours degree (2.2). We are now accepting electronic applications for the 20/21 academic year.
Fees
Tuition Fee: Please see www.tcd.ie/swsp
Application Fee: €55 (to be paid online)
Fees may be subject to change
Further Information Join us for our online Open Evening on Tuesday 25th February at 6.30pm. This fully online event will give you the opportunity to: • Learn how this online course is structured and delivered • Talk to the lecturers about the course and career opportunities • Meet current students and find out more about their experiences • Find out about the other courses this programme will support you to access, including the Masters in Social Work
To attend this online event please register here. If you have any questions, please contact Jason O’Callaghan at ocallajw@tcd.ie. Find out more about this course at: http://www.tcd.ie/swsp/postgraduate/Social-Policy-Practice/