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Bachelor of Arts (Children's Studies)
NUI Galway offers three exciting programmes dedicated to Children’s and Youth Studies, an interdisciplinary area, which examines the social, cultural, legal, psychological and historical discourses shaping the lives of children and youth today. The three programmes have been designed to provide graduates with different skill sets and academic knowledge. It is important to familiarise yourself with the differences between these programmes and make an informed choice about which one best suits your aspirations.
HELPING YOU MAKE AN INFORMED CHOICE ABOUT OUR ARTS (CHILDREN AND YOUTH STUDIES COURSES)
• If you just want to study ‘children’ along with two other traditional Arts subjects and progress to secondary school teaching for example, among other careers, maybe Arts with Children’s Studies is for you.
• If you want to study ‘children’ at an indepth level over four years in a degree that is practice based and pursue a career in primary school teaching for example, among other careers, maybe Arts (Children’s Studies) is for you.
• If you want to study Children, Youth and Family at an in-depth level over four years, at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (www.childandfamilyresearch.ie ), the University’s flagship institute for Applied Social Science, undertake a nine-month long work placement and be ready to take up employment upon graduation in youth work, child welfare and other areas, maybe Arts (Child, Youth and Family: Policy & Practice) is for you.
The 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.
Children's Studies at the Virtual Open Day
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Dr. Lindsay Myers, BA, MA, PhD
Dr. Michal Molcho, BA, MA, PhD
Dr. Kate Harvey, BA, PhD
Requirements and Assessment
Students are assessed in a variety of ways which include formal examinations, essays, independent projects, reflective journals, research reviews, placements and service learning journals.
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Next start date
A Level Grades (2020)
Mode of study
- Introduction to Children’s Studies
- Children in Social Contexts
- Children and Fairy tales
- Children and Health
- History of Childhood
- Child Development
- Exploring Irish Childhoods
- Adolescents in Ireland: Healthy and Risky Behaviour
- Research Methods
- Child Law
- Educational Pedagogies: Policies and Practice
- Children and Storytelling
- Child-Centered Research
- Children and Transition
- Children and Play
- Twenty-First-Century Young Adult Literature
- Semester-Long Placement/Exchange
- Children’s Rights
- Children and Theatre
- Children and Inequalities
- Children, Culture and Media
- Applied Behavioural Analysis
- Independent Project
Equivalent modules may be substituted from time to time for any of the above under exceptional circumstances and when approved by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
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.
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- 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.
- A module you may choose to study.
- 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 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 GR236: German Language I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional GR239: History of German Literature & Culture I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional FR266: French Language 5 - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional NG2101: An Gearrscéal sa Ghaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional IT2101: Oral (Communication and Presentation Skills) - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SH2101: Spanish Language II A: Ex-Intermediate - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SH2100: Spanish Language II B: Ex-Beginner - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SH2102: Spoken Spanish and Oral Presentation Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SH236: Cultural Debates in Latin America - 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 IT236: Intermediate language II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CSS1101: Irish Childhoods: Gaelic Language and Literature - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NG228: Teanga Na Nua-Ghaeilge II - 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 FR2100: Expressing French and Francophone Identities - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NG2109: Téamaí i Nuafhilíocht na Gaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional SH2103: Spanish Language II C - 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 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 CSS307: Children's Studies Abroad (Year Long) - 60 Credits - Semester 5
Required CN3101: Child Centred Research Methods - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional CSS306: Children's Studies Abroad - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Optional CSS309: Children's Studies Placement - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)Optional CSS304: Children's Rights - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional GR337: German Cultural Studies I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional GR341: German Language I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional IT342: Italian Culture & Society III - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SH336: Hispanic Literature & Culture III - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SH339: Spanish Language III - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional FR379: French Language 6 - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional FR371: French Literature & Culture 7 - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional CN4101: Health and E-Literacy in Young People - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional NG4101: Filí agus Filíocht na Gaeilge, 700-1900 - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional NG4113: Teanga Na Nua-Ghaeilge 111 - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional CN3105: Twenty-First Century Young Adult Fiction - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional CN4105: Connecting Research, Policy & Practice in Children's Lives and Services - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional TI317: Specialism 2 (Cultural Geography) - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional CN4100: Supporting Children with Diverse Needs - 15 Credits - Semester 8
Optional GR339: German Cultural Studies III - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional GR342: German Language II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional IT324: Language 111 - 10 Credits - Semester 8
Optional IT346: Oral, Presentation and Transferable Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SH340: Spanish Language IV - 10 Credits - Semester 8
Optional FR380: French and Francophone Studies 11 - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional CN4103: The World of Picture-books: Approaches and Aesthetics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional CN4102: Children, Culture, and the Media - 10 Credits - Semester 8
Optional NG4109: Próslitríocht na Gaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional NG4114: Teanga Na Nua-Ghaeilge IV - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Why Choose This Course?
The BA (Children’s Studies) provides students with the knowledge, confidence and transferrable skills to identify their preferred career path as well as to succeed in their chosen field nationally or internationally. Graduates will be well-placed to pursue careers in primary school teaching (this requires the addition of a Professional Master of Education), social care sectors and community development work as well as to gain entry to postgraduate degrees in play therapy, social work, health promotion, children’s librarianship, museum work, arts administration, special-needs teaching, public advocacy and activism. Over the years, 88% of the graduates from the BA CONNECT are in further education or in employment.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
EU Fees 2019/20:
- 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 Michal Molcho
College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
T: +353 91 493 668