Undergraduate Humanities and Social Sciences
Why this programme?
- Set yourself apart with the only BA dedicated to International Relations in Ireland
- Investigate the organisation and interaction of modern societies
- Avail of the opportunity to study abroad or undertake an INTRA work placement
- Be part of a School known for its expertise in Governance and International Relations
- Benefit from the skills and experience of our dedicated, supportive and highly qualified academic team
The BA in Social Sciences and Cultural Innovation seeks to develop in students the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to thrive in a globalised world defined by exponential technological growth, unprecedented access to real-time information, and unparalleled levels of human mobility and interconnectivity. The programme gives you 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.
Media Studies (DC291)
Select Media Studies + One other subject from:
English | International Languages | Politics
Media Studies: You'll learn how we are shaped by culture, about the social and economic pressures on media organisations and the way mass media are used by government, corporations and others to influence us as citizens and as consumers.
Select Law + One other subject from:
History | International Languages | Media Studies
Law: You will take a wide range of law subjects which will provide you with an insight into the complex and interesting nature of the Irish and EU legal systems.
History: You will explore how human beings behave grounded on a close examination of how they have behaved in the past in all spheres of the world but with a particular emphasis on Ireland.
Select Politics + One other subject from:
Geography | History | Law | World Religions and Theology
Politics: You'll study areas as diverse as international political economy, international development, the politics of climate change, politics of the Middle East, Chinese foreign policy, and conflict, security and peace.
Students will study modules in climate science, geography, environmental policy and Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing. During the programme, you will gain analytical, research, teamwork and problem-solving skills that will be attractive to a range of employers. You will be studying innovative modules such as Sustainable Food Security, Environmental Change and Human Health, Natural Ecosystem Solutions and complementary modules that are drawn from the Geography offering on other programmes.
The BA in Journalism offers some scope for specialisation with optional modules, but every student takes the same broad range of core modules in their three years.
An essential element of the final year of the course is an eight-week placement in a media organisation where you’ll trial your abilities in the working world. Every journalism student must complete a relevant work placement arranged or approved by DCU.
The programme includes modules such as climate change, politics, design thinking, international development, data analytics, public policy, artificial intelligence, security and peace studies, ethics, social science options to study China, Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, as well as the USA. There will be technology options, such as sustainable design, the Internet of Things, digital interaction and opportunities for rapid prototyping of technological solutions. The highlight of each year will be an extended team challenge, which requires the…Find out more
The Communications Studies course is structured around four key elements: foundation modules, core modules, production modules and optional modules.
The foundation modules in Year One provide a basic grounding in the disciplines you’ll need for more advanced work in later years.
Core modules in Years Two and Three help you develop a critical awareness of developments in the areas of communication, media and cultural studies.
In the course of your Multimedia degree, you’ll acquire a command of the concepts and practices in digital text, image and sound manipulation, and multimedia authoring. In this way, you will be equipped to contribute to multimedia product development and to manage a diverse range of multimedia projects. You will participate in many group-based projects, reflecting the media design and production industries that this programme prepares graduates for and developing your skills in effective and creative teamwork.
For the 2020/21 academic year, the course will feature blended learning, with online and in-person learning opportunities.
With close attention to particular religious traditions, ethical issues, and interreligious dialogue, students will engage with the sources, beliefs, and practices that have shaped the societies and cultures in which we live.
The course offers intensive jazz and contemporary music education within a focused, supportive learning environment. It is designed to provide a balance of “traditional” jazz techniques alongside contemporary approaches to improvisation, so that students can experience the full breadth of the contemporary music world and develop into creative, versatile and employable musicians.