Personal profile


Michael Tobin has been teaching in the School of Humanities, at South East Technological University, Waterford campus, since 2010.

University Roles

  • Academic Council 2024 - present
  • Currently a member of the School of Humanities Reseach, Ethics, Teaching and Learning, and Internationalisation Committees.
  • Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Social Science - 2018-2023
  • International Placement Coordinator for the Department of Applied Arts - 2015-2020
  • International Exchange Programme Coordinator - partnership with University College Leuven Limburg (UCLL), Belgium - 2015-2020

Research Interests

Michael is a member of the Analysing Social Change Research Group. He has a keen interest in technology enhanced learning, digital and AI literacy skills.


Research interests include: Irish and comparative social policy, citizenship, nationalism, street-level bureaucracy, European studies and the Media.


Outlined below are the courses on which Michael currently/previously worked on, and the complete list of modules currently/previously delivered.


  • BA (Hons) in Social Science
  • BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice
  • BA in Applied Social Care (level 7 and ACCS)
  • BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Add-on course)
  • BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
  • BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies
  • Higher Certificate in Arts in Custodial Care


  • Social Policy, Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Citizenship, Social Justice and Rights
  • EU and Globalisation
  • Irish Social Policy
  • Comparing Social Policies
  • Social Policy and Welfare
  • Social Policy and Ideology
  • Social Policy Processes
  • Dissertation Supervision
  • Applied Social Studies 
  • History of Social Care  
  • Social Care Practice Placement
  • Challenges for Irish Social Policy
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Sociology of Contemporary Ireland 
  • Understanding Sociological Perspectives
  • Introduction to the European Union 
  • Workplace Reflective Practice 1

Tutorial classes:

  • Introduction to Sociological Problems 
  • Irish Society and the Media 
  • Modern Social Theory 
  • Social Facts and Structures

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Board Member, Raheen Community Development Group CLG

2022 → …

External Examiner, Munster Technological University


Board Member, Social Justice Ireland

2017 → …


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