Entry Points (2017)
348

Course Overview

The BA (Children's Studies) is an interdisciplinary degree designed to equip students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the lives of children and youth today. This four-year degree draws on expertise from a wide range of areas including the creative arts, literature, law, health, human rights, history, sociology and psychology, and incorporates the optional study of one modern language. Community-based service-learning and enquiry-based learning are embedded across the degree and the third year placement combines valuable practical experience with specific career-orientated goals.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Dr. Lindsay Myers, BA, MA, PhD

Dr. Michal Molcho, BA, MA, PhD

Dr. Kate Harvey, BA, PhD

Requirements and Assessment

Students are assessed in a variety of ways which include formal examinations, essays, independent projects, reflective journals, research reviews, placements and service learning journals.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

Students must satisfy the Garda/police vetting requirements.
Duration

4 years

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

Average intake

40

Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

240

Award

BA

CAO

GY121

PAC code

Course Outline

Year 1: Introduction to Children's Studies

The first year focuses on providing the foundations of the programme and builds core study skills, by introducing students to essay writing, discipline-specific research skills, service-learning and guided enquiry-based learning.

 Year 2: Children in the Irish Context

The second year focuses on the position of children and young adults in Ireland from historical, cultural, legal and societal aspects. It builds on the study skills acquired in the first year, and introduces students to the concepts of child-centred research.

 Year 3: Children in Global Context

The third year focuses on developing comparative views of children and young people across nations.  It provides an opportunity for students to have real-life work placements in the national and international community and it includes an optional international exchange.

 Year 4: Contemporary Issues in Children's Lives

Year four concentrates on current issues in the lives of children and adolescents. It is centred on cutting-edge topics and phenomena, and it includes a guided research project designed to enable students to develop the knowledge gained in the previous three years.

 International Links

Students who take a foreign language as part of their BA(Children’s Studies) will have the option to study for a semester at a European University under the ERASMUS exchange programme and/or carry out their second semester work placement abroad. A limited number of international exchange opportunities (consideration for which is based on grade averages) are also available to students not studying a foreign language.

Modules for 2017-18

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Optional GR1101: German Language and Culture (Beginners) - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FR1100: Introduction to French Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IT1100: Italian Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH1101: Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GR1100: German Language and Culture (Advanced) - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH1100: Intensive Beginners Spanish Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SP158: Introduction to Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GR1102: Skills for studying German (Advanced) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GR1103: Skills for studying German (Beginners) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH1102: Mundo hispano: An Introduction to the Hispanic World - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IT1101: Italy at the movies - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional NG1105: An Teanga Bheo - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional NG1103: Litríocht agus Cultúr na Gaeilge 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional NG1104: Litríocht agus Cultúr na Gaeilge 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CN1100: Children and Health - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CN1104: Fairytales and Children - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CN1101: Children and Creativity - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CN1106: Introduction to Children's Studies - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FR1101: Introduction to French Literature in Context - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional SP160: Problems in Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional SP159: Concepts and Practices of Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CN1105: The Child in Film - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required CN1103: Children in Social Contexts - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required CN1102: The History of Childhood, 1500-2001 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PS1101: Developmental Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Year 2 (60 Credits)

Optional IT235: Intermediate Language I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional IT238: Italian Culture & Society I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SH226: Spanish Language II A - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SH227: Spanish Language II B - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CN2104: Marginalised Children's Groups in Ireland - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CN2105: Understanding Children’s Medicine - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional FR269: Lecture du français: Textes, Contextes, Idées - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional NG227: Teanga Na Nua-Ghaeilge I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional NG259: An Nualitríocht I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional GR236: German Language I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional HI492: The Family in Modern Ireland - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional GR239: History of German Literature & Culture I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required CSS2100: European Educational Pedagogies, Policies and Practices - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required CN2101: Research Methods: Quantitative Approaches - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional IT210: Oral - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional IT236: Intermediate language II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional SH228: Spanish Language II C - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional FR266: French Language 5 - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CSS1101: Irish Childhoods: Gaelic Language and Literature - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional FR268: Identités francophones - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NG228: Teanga Na Nua-Ghaeilge II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NG262: Teanga agus Pobal I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional GR237: German Language II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional GR235: History of German Literature & Culture II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CSS2102: Children and Storytelling - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CN2100: Adolescents in Ireland: Healthy and Risky Behaviour - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required CSS201: Introduction to Child Law - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required CN2103: Careers and Professional Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required CN2102: Research Methods: Qualitative Approaches - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Year 3 (60 Credits)

Year 4 (60 Credits)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The BA (Children’s Studies) provides students with the knowledge, confidence and transferrable skills to identify their preferred career path as well as to succeed in their chosen field nationally or internationally. Graduates will be well-placed to pursue careers in primary school teaching (this requires the addition of a Professional Master of Education), social care sectors and community development work as well as to gain entry to postgraduate degrees in play therapy, social work, health promotion, children’s librarianship, museum work, arts administration, special-needs teaching, public advocacy and activism. Over the years, 88% of the graduates from the BA CONNECT are in further education or in employment.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

Dr Lindsay Myers
Programme Director
College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

T: +353 91 492 396
E: lindsay.myers@nuigalway.ie


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