BA Social Sciences and Cultural Innovation

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BA Social Sciences and Cultural Innovation


The BA in Social Sciences and Cultural Innovation is a new offering in Irish higher education, providing students with a unique suite of modules from the fields of Sociology, Media, Politics and Innovation. This future-focused programme is designed to equip students for the 21st century workplace and a world defined by increased connectivity and rapid technological change. It aims to bring an applied focus to the Social Sciences, providing students with the opportunity to actively engage with areas such as social entrepreneurship and cultural innovation.  The programme is defined by both flexibility and focus, as students have the opportunity to explore multiple disciplines, before going on to specialise in their area of choice.


The BA in Social Sciences and Cultural Innovation also places a strong emphasis on the development of transferable skills, such as creativity, leadership, ethical and critical thinking, digital literacy, intercultural competence, and future thinking, all which have been identified as important for 21st century living and working. With this in mind, parallel to studying Social Sciences, each year students will undertake a variety of modules which focus on fostering these transferable skills. The programme gives students an in-depth understanding of the many forces that define our individual and collective experiences, and is structured around three core pillars relating to the study of Culture, Media and Politics respectively.


Given the programme structure, content, and objectives, graduates of the BA in Social Sciences and Cultural Innovation will be well-positioned todevelop careers in a wide variety of sectors, and adapt to the inevitable changes that will emerge. These sectors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Communications
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Public or State organisations
  • Public Relations
  • Online media
  • Media production
  • National and international political institutions
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Social Enterprises
  • Think-tanks and lobby groups
  • Policy development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Cultural and creative industries


INTRA Internship

Students studying for BA Social Science and Cultural Innovation are required to complete a twelve month INTRA placement at the end of second year.


Course Modules

Core Modules

  • Analysing Media Content
  • History and Structure of the Media
  • Cultural Studies
  • Power, Self & Society
  • Language, Culture & Society
  • Contemporary Cultural Debates
  • Personal Leadership for University & Life
  • Interculturalism in Practice
  • Introduction to Modern Ireland
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations & Security

Core Modules

  • New Media & Society
  • Journalism History
  • Ireland, Sex & Text
  • Applied Ethics
  • Effecting Social Change: Social Innovation
  • The Making of contemporary Europe
  • America and the wider World
  • Foreign Policy
  • Theoretical Approaches to International Politics


Optional Modules

  • Analysing Advertising
  • Crime, Policing and the Media
  • Global Cultures
  • Representing Otherness
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Western Political Thought

INTRA (Optional)

Core Modules

  • Creativity and the Emerging Future
  • Issues in Multiculturalism


Optional Modules

  • Media Law
  • Television Drama
  • Media Religion and Society
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Perspectives on the Information Society
  • Communication, Media & Cultural Diversity
  • Science, Technology & Society
  • Journalism in the Hybrid Media System
  • Ireland, Sex and Text
  • Perspectives on Children’s Literature
  • Applied Ethics
  • Dissertation
  • Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland
  • Intercultural Business Communication
  • Sexualities, Languages and Societies
  • Post-Soviet Politics
  • Contemp. Politics of the M. East & N. Africa
  • U.S. Interventions in Global Politics
  • Political Terrorism
  • Issues in European Integration


If you would be interested in hiring from this programme, please get in touch.


INTRA Coordinator  Email Address  Contact Number
Sarah Fleming 01-7006375