Social Justice

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN700
CAO Points Range 2019: 389
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 social justice modules will develop your knowledge of racism, political economy, gender, power and politics, as well as your understanding of human rights and social justice.

Third Year

In third year, you can choose to study the ‘experiential’ modules ‘Social Justice & the City’ and ‘Social Justice Movements’ and a range of additional modules on key Social Justice issues. Students can apply to study abroad in Year 3 or undertake an internship.

Fourth Year

Fourth year provides the opportunity for you to enhance your research skills by engaging in a research-based group project. Students will also have an opportunity to build on their knowledge of Social Justice, and of key societal issues, choosing from a range of modules addressing issues such as labour market inequality; gender, war and violence; and childhood and global justice.


A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the Social Justice programme, including essays, reports, presentations,
reflective writing, problem-based learning, projects, examinations and critical commentaries.

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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.


“I am currently studying Social Justice as a joint major with Politics and International Relations. I’m very satisfied with how well the two disciplines complement one another, especially in the areas of development, human rights, and public policy. The first- year modules in Social Justice are very varied and I have studied Social Justice Perspectives, which introduced us to concepts from oppression, privilege, inequalities, to questioning how we view the world due to the information we consume and reproduce. The school of Social Justice has also provided enlightening and interesting modules and its faculty members are helpful and supportive in any issues or queries students may have.”

Rory Wasylyk, Student

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