Short Title:Social Policy
Full Title:Social Policy
Module Code:SOPO H2001
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:• To raise awareness of social policy in Ireland. • To familiarise the students with Social Policy relevant to the Social Care Practitioner. • To examine developments in social and personal services in the context of national policy changes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain social policy in terms of its relationship to personal and social services.
LO2 Identify the stages of development, structure and functioning of social policy at national, local and agency levels.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
History of development of Social Policy in Ireland. Development of the Welfare State in Ireland. Poverty and Inequality in Ireland.
Factors determining how Social Policy is Decided in Ireland
Socio-demographic factors. Economic factors. Social Expenditure. Social Indicators and Social Planning. Interest and Pressure Groups. Advisory and research agencies. Impact of European community.
Social Services
Objectives and functions of Social Services system. Development and delivery of Social Services. Statutory and Voluntary Social Services.
Health Services
Development of Health Services in Ireland. Eligibility Issues and access to care. Current Health policy and effect on client groups. Health inequalities and implications for social policy.
Income Maintenance System
Principles of Selectivity and Universality. Social Insurance and assisted schemes. Income maintenance and following care groups. Physical and sensory disability. Mental Health. Children and Families. Elderly.
Accommodation Issues - (a) Housing stock and trends in Ireland
Housing and social exclusion in Ireland. Housing Sectors in Ireland. Access to Housing sectors in Ireland. Special Needs, Accommodation and Social Policy. Physical and Sensory Disability. Children and Families. Elderly. Mental Health. Residential Care. Marginalised Groups e.g. Asylum Seekers and Refugees.
Accommodation Issues - (b) Homelessness in Ireland
Overview of Homelessness as a social problem. Current social policy.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project A project will be undertaken by students exploring the relevance to the Social Care practitioner how social policy impacts on service provision and planning. 1,2 50.00 Sem 1 End
Short Answer Questions This will test studnt understanding of the principles, practices and porblems associated with Social Policy in Ireland.   50.00 Week 10
No End of Module Formal Examination

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Quin S, Kennedy P, & kiely G (ed) 2005, Contemporary Irish Social Policy, U.C.D. Press Dublin 2
  • Quin S & Redmond B(ed.) 2003, Disability & Social Policy in Ireland, U.C.D. Press Dublin 2
  • Social Policy in Ireland: Principles, Practice & Problems 2006, Social Policy in Ireland: Principles, Practice & Problems, Liffey Press
  • Lalor K, de Roiste A & Devlin M 2007, Young People in Contemporary Ireland, Gill & MacMillan
  • McCashin A 2004, Social Security in Ireland, Gill & MacMillan
  • Brian Nolan, B. Maitre, D. O’Neill and O. Sweetman, 2000, The Distribution of Income in Ireland, Oak Tree Press Dublin
  • B Nolan, P J O'Connell and C T Whelan (eds.) 2000, Bust to Boom? The Irish Experience of Growth and Inequality, Institute of Public Administration Dublin
  • O.E.C.D. 2001, O.E.C.D. Social Indicators – Society at a Glance, O.E.C.D.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 3 Mandatory