These courses will prepare you to be an active, professional community leader, helping communities to help themselves. You will study a wide range of subjects applied to Community Development and Social Policy Analysis.
Graduates can find jobs in many areas of social and community work often becoming civic leaders, local government advisors, councillors or community programme co-ordinators. Other opportunities include working with youth groups, marginalized or disadvantaged groups and ethnic minorities; and working with Local Authorities, Local Drug Taskforces, Local Area Partnerships and Family Resource Centres.
Are you interested in exploring the various functions and institutions of society from a range of perspectives and do you also enjoy working with people from all walks of life? If you’re interested in social issues and social change and you’re committed to promoting social justice, equality and human rights, then this is the course for you.
By allowing students to explore and analyse social issues and social change at community, local and national level, these courses introduce them to the concept of culture and cultural diversity in the context of the community
and society. Students apply their learning in a variety of social and community development contexts through fieldwork, which also gives them the opportunity to develop personally
Each course provides an inclusive learning environment where every person is valued and respected allowing them to develop an awareness of how to influence and change issues of concern to them.
Modules include sociology, psychology, health and well-being, cultural competence, communication, community studies, group dynamics and human rights as well as personal development and creative studies.
Garda Vetting Requirements
In addition to the choices above, students will complete a professional project practice in year 2 and year 3 that will allow them to use diagnostic skills and identify models and programmes that can implement change within the community
These professional project practices will require each student to undergo the ITB Garda Vetting process. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, the Institute is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake specific parts of the programme. Without satisfactory Garda clearance, students will be unable to complete the project practice and thus will not be able to complete the programme or receive an award. All places on the social and community development courses are provisional and subject to the student obtaining satisfactory Garda vetting from the Central Garda Vetting Unit.
The current legal minimum age for sole application for Garda vetting is 18 years of age. In the event of an applicant being between 16 and 18 years of age, written consent is also required from a parent or guardian.
In addition to Garda vetting a medical assessment and provision of personal references may be required in regard to suitability for the professional project practice.
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