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Social Science Maynooth

  • 21-07-2016 10:42pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1 Lilmissy299

    Is there anyone doing this course or have completed it that can tell me how many hours there are per week?:)
    And if there are days off? :)
    What is the workload like?
    Any info is appreciated :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 12 plainlazy

    Im doing this degree, starting this september. Trying to find out similar information as im hoping to work part time around it. Im also trying to find out what career/employment opportunities will be available if i get the degree. Any ideas?? it seems to be a bit of a grey area, sounds like a masters afterwards is needed in a specialised area to make it of any use. Id love to hear from anyone that has completed this degree and get their opinion on its value and what employment is available with it. From what ive heard the workload is not too heavy for the 1st year.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,683 ✭✭✭ Subcomandante Marcos

    The subject you pick as your elective (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History or Philosophy) will determine your employment path to be honest.

    But with a good degree (first or a high 2:1) in the BSocSci course in Maynooth you will have plenty of postgraduate studies and graduate level jobs opportunities open to you.

    In first year you do Social Policy, Sociology and one of the five listed above, in 2nd and 3rd year you carry on with social science and pick one of Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History or Philosophy and that becomes your double major.

    I'd recommend not jumping straight into any subject based on preconceived ideas you have right now.

    As a heads up, you'll be doing lectures in (at least) two different departments. Your social policy lectures will be through the department of applied social studies. The class sizes will be extremely small and the department staff are extremely friendly, helpful and laid back. Too laid back at times, lectures can often start late, exams and assignments can take a while to be graded, but they are good people and a joy to work with.

    The other lectures will be mostly be through the dept of Sociology and one of either the dept of Anthropology, dept of Economics, Finance and Accounting, dept of Geography, dept of Philosophy.
    These departments will generally have much bigger classes, you might go from one lecture in a small room of less than 30 people into one in the large lecture halls with hundreds of people back to back. The bigger departments tend to have a less hands on approach, are less easy to deal with on a personal level, but tend to be more organised.

    It's a really good degree choice and gives you near limitless options for employment and postdrad studies.

    If you're interested in working in policy/NGO at a national, european or international level it's the the perfect place to be, the department of applied social studies especially have extremely strong links to many ngo's as well as government departments, EU bodies and the UN.