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Social Science

Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 4th
2 Helpful votes.
Student Type Traditional
From Offaly
Social Life

Why did you choose to study this course?

I was interested in becoming a social worker and was advised by my school guidance counsellor that this was an aptly broad course.

Are you happy with your choice of course?


On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

I am happy with my choice as I have made great friends in UCD but I am not happy with the course as a whole. I think a lot of people go into social science thinking they will be a qualified social worker at the end (myself included) and we only find out that this is not the case when we have already started. I think the lack of work experience opportunities is laughable and when compared with similar courses throughout the country, UCD seems to be one of the only places not offering work placement options for social science students. On reflection, I would have preferred to study abroad also.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week?


Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?


Is your course weighted more on continuous assessment or end of year exams?

Continuous assessment

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?


If you studied abroad, is there any advice you would give someone looking to study abroad?

Did not study abroad.

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

The type of people who seem to enrol in the course. The fact that it is based on campus.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

The workload. Some of the lecturers. The fact it does not qualify me for anything. The lack of work placement or work experience.

Was your course what you expected?


What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

I wish I knew that I would not be qualified in ANYTHING after completing the course. I also wish I had been told about the expenses I would incur throughout UCD (including food, sports, entertainment etc) as there seems to be no student prices.


I have found that the library does not stock enough copies of certain books. There are also not enough plug sockets at all and I think each desk should have a plug socket as this would reduce time wasting roaming the library to find one. I think certain foods should be allowed once they don't make a mess or make too much noise (eg fruit, but no crisps).

Is there a good social life on your course?


Please describe

The class reps have always organised plenty of class parties and because we often have tutorials or seminars, we could get to know people better through small groups.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty


Please rate your course in terms of workload

More than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?


If yes, please name the societies

UCD SVP, Equestrian Club.

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

The UCD SVP is a great way to volunteer. It provides great opportunities and contacts to engage in charity work throughout 1 and further a field and is a great way to meet other like-minded students.

Are you a member of any sports clubs?


If yes, please name the sports clubs?


Are your training facilities easily accessible?


Are your training facilities easily accessible? - if no, why not?

The riding stables are far away from UCD and there is no good public transport system from UCD to them in Carrickmines.

Are your training facilities at a good standard?


Do you feel that you are playing at a standard that matches your ability?


How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?


Do you or have you lived away from home during college?


How would you recommend this college to a friend?

If you get involved you will enjoy it. UCD is good because it is so big that you are almost definitely likely to make friends!

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