Module Overview

Understanding Human Rights and Diversity

The purpose of this module is to increase the student’s awareness of the need to practice in a non-discriminatory, culturally sensitive manner with respect for diversity and human rights and to develop his/her competency in this regard. This module aims to provide the student with an overview of equality and diversity in the current Irish legislative context and the current situation in Ireland in terms of cultural and ethnic diversity. It allows the student to reflect on his/her own ethnic heritage, cultural/ethnic identity, values and communication methods and styles and the need to modify in order to develop his/her intercultural competency. The module looks to develop the student’s understanding of culture, the diversity within groups, various approaches to integration, and issues facing migrant, their offspring and Travellers in social care practice. Finally, the module introduces the student to a human rights based approach and its application in social care with particular reference to people with disabilities.

Module Code

SSSC H1018

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Diversity and Equality in an Irish context

Defining diversity;The myth of diversity as a new phenomenon in Irish society;The concept of equality in Irish legislation;Exploring the nine grounds of anti-discrimination

Cultural Diversity in an Irish Context

Defining culture and ethnicity;Cultural and ethnic diversity in contemporary Irish society;Diversity within cultures – disability, sexuality, age etc.

Development of Intercultural Competence

Reflective issues on cultural/ethnic identity and values;Challenging Stereotypes and Prejudices;Intercultural communication – verbal and non-verbalCommunication with non-native speakers of English;The use of a translator in practice

Integration and inclusion in Social Care

Integration in the Irish context;Assimilation, multiculturalism and interculturalism;Asylum seekers v refugees – the asylum process;Separated children in Ireland;The Traveller experience; Ethnic minorities in education;Discriminatory issues and challenging it in practice

The Human Rights Based Approach

Defining human rights and the human rights based approach;Disability as a human rights issue;The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) 2006;Using a human rights based approach to underpin service provision in disability settings

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40