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Bachelor of Arts (Children's Studies)
Course OverviewThe 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.
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Who Teaches this Course
Dr. Lindsay Myers, BA, MA, PhD
Dr. Michal Molcho, BA, MA, PhD
Dr. Kate Harvey, BA, PhD
Requirements and Assessment
Next start date
A Level Grades (2017)
Next start date
Mode of study
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.
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.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- 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.
- 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. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- 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.
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- 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.
- 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 NG1107: Scéal agus Pobal na Gaeilge - 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
Optional NG1106: Litríocht agus Cultúr na Linne - 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 GR239: History of German Literature & Culture I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required CN2101: Research Methods: Quantitative Approaches - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required CN2107: European Educational Approaches, Policies and Practices - 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 3
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 CN2100: Adolescents in Ireland: Healthy and Risky Behaviour - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required CN2106: Children and Storytelling - 10 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)Optional CN3101: Child Centred Research Methods - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional CN3102: Children's Studies Abroad (Sem 1) - 30 Credits - Semester 5
Optional CN3103: Children's Studies Placement (Sem 1) - 30 Credits - Semester 5
Optional CN3104: Transition in Childhood and Adolescence - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional CN3105: Twenty-First Century Young Adult Fiction - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional CSS300: Connecting Research, Policy & Practice in Children's Services - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional CSS301: Designing Play - How to create & deliver a workshop in creativity for Children - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional CSS306: Children's Studies Abroad - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Optional CSS307: Children's Studies Abroad (Year Long) - 60 Credits - Semester 5
Optional CSS309: Children's Studies Placement - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)
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Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
- 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
College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
T: +353 91 492 396