Lectures, tutorials, practicals, peer assessments and a research dissertation constitute the pedagogical means used. The programme is currently offered full time. All students must pass a module on Research Methods before they are allowed to present their Dissertation.
A key Irish source of information related to social care practice can be accessed at http://www.socialstudies.ie
Social Care Work is a profession where people work in partnership with those who experience marginalisation or discrimination or who have special needs. Social care practitioners may work, for example, with children and adolescents in residential care; people with learning or physical disabilities; people who are homeless; people with alcohol/drug dependency; families in a community setting; or recent migrants to Ireland.
Social care practitioners may be employed in either the state (statutory sector i.e. the Dept. of Health and Children) and what is termed the non-governmental sector i.e. organisations such as Barnardos, Enable Ireland, Focus Ireland, The Brothers of Charity and many others.