Social Justice

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN700
CAO Points Range 2018: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

The subject of Social Justice draws on a range of academic disciplines in order to advance understanding of issues such as inequality, discrimination and human rights abuses. It will appeal to those who would like to acquire the knowledge and skills to understand and challenge injustice and help bring about social change.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

At the end of their four-year programme, graduates of Social Justice have acquired knowledge and skills relevant to a range of fields of study and employment, including in-depth knowledge about the most pressing societal and global challenges of our time and advanced critical, analytical and communications skills.

The degree will provide a strong foundation for careers in: research, policy and advocacy in national and international non-governmental organisations; and public sector agencies. Relevant graduate study progammes include:

  • Equality Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Human Rights
  • International Development.

What Will I Study

Undergraduate modules in Social Justice address themes such as global poverty and inequality; gender and sexual inequality; human rights and social justice; inequality in Irish society; childhood inequality; egalitarian social movements; racism; and the problems and possibilities of economic development. Over the course of your four-year programme, you will advance your knowledge about the key social issues of the 21st century, while developing your skills in relation to critical thinking, analysis, research, problem solving and communication. An emphasis on participatory learning means that your studies will take place within a supportive and stimulating environment, where you will have the opportunity to engage with like-minded people who share your interest in social justice.

First Year

In first year, you will engage with four key themes:

  • Social Justice Perspective
  • Gender
  • Global justice
  • Inequality and Social Justice in Irish Society.

All first year social sciences students also study the core module, Societal Challenges in the Twenty First Century, plus another subject, plus an Elective module.

Second Year

In second year, the modules will develop your knowledge of social justice movements, gender inequality, and childhood inequality, as well as your understanding of what it means to look at the social world through a social justice lens, plus another subject, plus Elective modules.

Third Year

In third year, modules will advance their knowledge of economic inequality and gender inequality and will also have the opportunity to learn about other important social justice issues.

Fourth Year

Fourth year provides the opportunity for students to enhance their research skills by engaging in a group-based research project. Students will also have an opportunity to look at issues relating to social justice and the city. You will build on their knowledge of Social Justice, and of key societal issues.


A variety of continuous assessment methods are used throughout the social justice programme, including essays, reports, oral presentations, reflective writing, problem-based learning exercises, projects, and critical commentaries on designated readings.

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How Will I Study

International Study Opportunities

Study abroad for a semester or a year in third year. Destinations include the US, Australia, China, Canada. Study abroad for a semester or a year in third year. Destinations include the US, Australia, China and Canada.


“The multidisciplinary nature of Social Justice – including topics such as feminist theory and critical theories of international economics – has refined my analytical skills. To those who seek not only to understand how the world is, but also why it is that way, I recommend studying Social Justice in UCD”.

Adam Boyle Law with Social Justice (International) Stage 4

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