SOC06004 2016 Sociology 2: Making Sense of Society

General Details

Full Title
Sociology 2: Making Sense of Society
Transcript Title
Sociology 2
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Subject Area
SOC - Sociology
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Dr. Jacqueline O'Toole, Gwen Scarbrough, Mary Clarke
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice SG_WSOCI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice

The aim of this module is to build on ‘Sociology 1 - ‘Introduction to Sociology’ - which focuses on classical theory, social stratification based on social class and gender and also the social institutions of family and education. This module provides further development of contemporary social theory, sociological research, and social stratification by examining race, global divisions, age, and social class. The sociology of work, health, and wellbeing, social control and religion the will be introduced to enable students to mark a sense of society and get a full appreciation of the changing world as it applies to social care practice.

This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:

Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability

Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice, and Team working

Domain 3 Safety and Quality

Domain 4: Professional Development

Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Outline the development of contemporary theories in sociology (Domain: 3.5)


Discuss the role of the sociologist in examining inequality and stratification based on race, global divisions, age and social class (Domain: 1.8; 5.2)


Describe a number of experiences and challenges for Social Care Practitioners in relation to work, health and wellbeing, crime and religion. (Domains: 4.1)


Identify and select one of the specific areas to present as a research project (Domain: 1.8; 1.16; 1.18; 2.6; 2.7; 2.16; 3.5; 4.1; 4.4; 4.5; 5.2; 5.5; 5.7; 5.17)

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture and small group work including problem-based learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Problem based learning

The module assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:

Group work and individual assessment: (Domain: 1.8; 1.16; 1.18; 2.6; 2.7; 2.16; 4.1; 4.4; 4.5; 5.2; 5.5; 5.17)

Class Presentation: (Domain: 1.8; 1.16; 1.18; 2.6; 2.7; 2.16; 4.1; 4.4; 4.5; 5.2; 5.5 & 5.17)

Exam: (Domain: 3.5; 4.1; 5.2; 5.5; 5.7)

Repeat Assessments

Repeat all elements of assessment 

Indicative Syllabus

Contemporary social theory and sociological research

Equality, uniformity, diversity and social cohesion

Race, ethnicity, nationalism, ethnic ambiguity and the remix generation

Migration, settlement, multicultural, and hybrid identity

Global divisions and inequality

Age and life course perspectives

Sociology of work, employment, and inequality

Health, well-being, the body, media, and technology

Social control, crime, and punishment

Sociology of religion, secularisation, and radicalisation

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Group work and individual assessment Continuous Assessment Group Project 20 % Week 4 2,4
2 Class presentation Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 10 2,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % Week 17 1,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Flat Classroom Problem based learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Recommended reading

Cohen, R. Kennedy, P. and Perrier M. (2013)

Global Sociology, Palgrave Macmillan. 3rd edition (or recent editions)


Macionis, J. and K. Plummer (2011)


Sociology: A Global Introduction. UK: Pearson/Prentice Hall. 5th edition (or recent editions):-:-#160::::

Share, P.,M. Corcoran and B. Conway (2012)

A Sociology of Ireland. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. 4th edition



Supplementary reading

Bauman, Z. (1990)

Thinking Sociologically. UK: Blackwell

Beck, U. (2009).

World at Risk. Cambridge: Polity Press

Beck, U. :-:-amp:::: Cronin, C. (2014)

Cosmopolitan Vision. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Giddens, A. :-:-amp:::: Sutton, P. W. (2012)7th edition

Sociology. Palgrave

Harrison, G. :-:-amp:::: Melville, R. (2010)

Rethinking social work in a global world. Palgrave Macmillian.

Kingsbury, D. McKay, J. Hunt, J. McGillivray, M :-:-amp:::: Clarke. M. (2012)

International Development: Issues and Challenges. 2nd edition (or recent editions)

Urry, J. (2007)

Mobilities. Polity.

Wilkinson, R. :-:-amp:::: Pickett, K. (2010)

The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone. Penguin Books

URL Resources

Various websites advised to students on a yearly basis to ensure they are current.

Other Resources

Support for problem based learning in library resources, computers, audio visual materials and technology