Last week the Irish minister for Children and Youth affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, officially launched NUIG’s new BA in Children’s studies, making it the first undergraduate course of its kind to be launched within the European Union.
The programme hopes to become a leader in the development and growth of children’s studies in Ireland. What separates this new degree from those already established in Ireland and the EU, is that the focus is put on children entirely, truly making them the centre of the investigation. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the degree is designed to supply students with the necessary practical and theoretical knowledge of the lives of children and young people in Ireland and beyond, in the past and the present. The degree, which is taught over the course of four years, draws on key areas of subjects such as the creative arts, literature, law, health and human rights to name just a few.
Whilst speaking at the launch, Dr. Zappone had this to say of the new course offering,
“For more than a decade, NUI Galway has established its position as leading in the field of child and adolescent’s research and education, with excellent international reputation, and this new programme adds another layer to the wonderful work that is already being undertaken here.”
Those who choose to undertake this degree will become valuable assets to the labour market upon graduation, in areas working with or on the behalf of, children in Ireland and abroad. They will also play crucial roles in the implementation of strategies that are currently in place, as well as those that are being currently developed, in the areas of child development and safety.
Course Director, Dr Michael Molcho has said,
“This programme was developed on the shared understanding that this area is important. We all believe in the importance of understanding children, listening to their voices, and bettering their lives. With this in the core of our teaching, our graduates will value the uniqueness of each child and acknowledge the significance of listening to each child’s voice, be culturally aware, and enhance the care of children from all walks of lives, ethnicity, and abilities.”
This course will be open for CAO applicants this year and will be welcoming its first students in September 2017.