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At the end of this module, a student, who has attended lectures, engaged with directed readings, and completed all assessments, will be able to:
LO1: Appreciate the interrelationship between policy, politics, administration and law in the arena of social inclusion as relevant to social welfare law and housing law;
LO2: Evaluate legislative entitlement to social welfare and housing in Ireland, broadly, and with respect to identified societal groups.
LO3: Appraise the utility, or otherwise, of Irish constitutional law and international human rights law in protecting persons rights to welfare and/or housing.
LO4: Interpret and apply primary legal materials and research legal problems;
LO5: Formulate opinions and communicate ideas in an appropriate manner to different target audiences.
Social Inclusion Law reflects on the role of the law and the legal system in protecting persons from poverty in Ireland. With a focus on social inclusion and the Irish legal system, this module examines three interlinked themes in order to reflect on the role of law in promoting social inclusion: (1) Law and Welfare; (2) Law and Housing and (3) Law & Socio-Economic Rights.
(1) In Law and Welfare, the role of Irish legislation in protection persons against poverty will be described, analysed and critiqued. Key legislative qualification criteria for social welfare payments will be discussed. Detailed insights into the legal basis and judicial interpretation of social welfare law in Ireland will be considered. This may focus on administrative and judicial systems for determining qualification entitlement, as well as on select societal groups in other to provide a deep understanding of how general rules of applicability, may impact differently on societal groups.
(2) In Law and Housing, we will engage in a detailed exploration of housing and social welfare law, local authority housing allocation law and Travellers and housing rights. Issues of housing have dominated political discourses in Ireland over the last decade. The retreating role of the State in housing provision has led to complex legislative rules and criteria that will be considered.
(3) When legislative entitlement does not meet needs of individuals, attention often turns to Bunreacht na hÉireann (the Irish Constitution). The limits, but also the potentials, for Bunreacht to further protect housing and welfare rights, as two types of social and economic right, will be considered. Ireland has signed and ratified significant international legal instruments such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. We examine how Irish domestic law engages with these freely accepted legal obligations.
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Not applicable to this module.
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|Project: A 2,000 word legal policy submission on a specified area of the module or on a topic of particular interest to a student (with agreement from the lecturer).||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Multiple Choice Questionnaire: A MCQ of up to 45 mins, testing students knowledge and application of law and policy covering materials from Weeks 1 to 5 (inclusive) of this module. Extensions/late submission not permitted.||Week 6||n/a||Graded||No||
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• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities
Should students require feedback on their learning for this module, then students are encouraged to self-assess their learning, and seek clarification from the lecturer, by arranging to meet the lecturer during office hours. Prior to the release of the Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ), students will have an opportunity to complete a 'test run' MCQ, and will be provided with automated online feedback on performance. For the MCQ, students will be examined on their knowledge, understanding and application of law and policy covered in Weeks 1 to 5 of this module. Online automated feedback will be provided, with students seeing their individual result upon completion of the MCQ in Brightspace . The precise date and time for the MCQs will be communicated to students at the start of the Trimester. As an MCQ that delivers feedback upon completion, and is time sensitive, alternative dates/times for completion and/or late submission cannot be permitted in line with para 6.1 of UCD Late Submission of Coursework Policy. Group class feedback will be available on the project element of this module and released as per School of Law instructions once results are confirmed. Full information on this process will be provided to students via Brightspace. Individual feedback on the project will be available once grades are confirmed by the University, and students follow UCD School of Law requirements for requesting viewing of their graded project. Full information on this process will be provided to students via Brightspace.