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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contemporary Culture and Society

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Contemporary Culture and Society

  • CAO CodeDC238
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Duration 3 or 4 Years

The Contemporary Culture and Society degree explores how the relationships between individuals and societies function and how they interact within the contexts of interculturalism, globalisation, migration, mass media, multilingualism and accelerated technological change.

The course is particularly salient in today’s current climate and will equip you with the skills to understand and communicate how cultural, ethnic and religious diversity relate to modern media, business, politics, and society, both at home and globally.

Why do this course?

  • Study a field pertinent to current events
  • Design your degree around your developing interests
  • Specialise in your final year
  • Prepare for engagement with the world of work
  • Lay the foundations for further study

Graduate View

DCU student Lindsay Butler talks about her experience in the Contemporary Culture and Society undergrad course.

About the course

The Contemporary Culture and Society course will give you an excellent understanding of the issues that shape the culture and society you live in through core modules each year.

In Year One, you’ll study a suite of core modules that will lay the foundation for the strands you’ll choose from later in the course.

In Years Two and Three, you specialise in two of the three following strands:

  • Intercultural Studies: a study of the cultural, ethnic and religious diversity that has become a part of the globalising world order.

  • Contemporary Politics and Law Strand: the rules and norms that structure the contemporary public sphere: the politics, history and culture of a particular country or multinational region.

  • Media and Society Strand: the complex role that media play in how we view contemporary social and communication issues.
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Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


This course of study suits careers in:

  • Public Service

  • Community-based Organizations

  • EU Bodies

  • International Advisory Bodies

  • International Affairs

  • Policy Evaluation

  • Research

The degree also provides a strong foundation for further study.

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

GCE A Level

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas.

Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here