SOC06008 2016 Introductory Sociology

General Details

Full Title
Introductory Sociology
Transcript Title
Introductory Sociology
100 %
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
Maire Hanniffy, Dr. Jacqueline O'Toole
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HEARL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HSOCI_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HEARL_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice

The module is an introduction to sociology with a focus on Irish society. One main task of sociology is to explain the social world in which we live. In doing this, it becomes more difficult for us to take for granted that things are as they are and less easy to assume that things could ever be different.  To do this, we examine the society in which we live now, but also at the very different ways in which human beings have organised their lives together, elsewhere and in the past.  This can give us an understanding not only of the perceived strangeness of other people's ways but of the strangeness of ourselves.  This module challenges students to confront some of their deeply held views within a sociological context and to engage in a dual process of reflective and interactive learning. The basic perspectives and methods of sociology will be explained and aspects of Irish society will be explored from a sociological perspective.

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 4: Professional Development

Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills

Learning Outcomes

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


Discuss the role  of the sociologist both as an observer of social life and as offering a social commentary relevant to social care and early childhood care and education (Domain 1.8, 1.17, 2.2, 4.1, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.7)


Outline the development of sociology as a distinct discipline (Domain 4.4, 5.1)


Describe a number of the main sociological theories and concepts (Domain 1.8, 4.4, 5.1, 5.7)


Evaluate key sociological debates (Domain 5.1, 5.2, 5.7)


Identify and select one of the specific areas to present on in class  (Domain 1.8, 1.17, 2.2, 2.6, 2.7, 2.15, 4.1, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.7, 5.17)


Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning is based on the notion of a shared experience approach to learning, peer support and guidance from the lecturer.

Module Assessment Strategies

Class Presentation. Exam

This modules assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:

Class Presentation (Domain 1.8, 1.17, 2.2, 2.6, 2.7, 2.15, 4.1, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.7, 5.17)

Exam (Domain 1.8, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.7)

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Exam.

Written Project.

Repeat Module

Indicative Syllabus

1.        An invitation to sociology: thinking sociologically

•·       the emergence of sociology as a distinct academic discipline: what is sociology

•·       the sociological imagination

•·       the main theoretical perspectives in sociology

•·       culture, society, socialisation and the individual

2.        Groups, Networks and Social Institutions

•·         institutions have been defined as a ‘fairly stable cluster or norms, values, statuses, and roles... centered on some social need'

•·         two main institutions in Irish society and their influence on our own lives: family and education

3.        Social Stratification, Social Inequality and Power

•·       explain the contemporary approach to an analysis of social stratification based on the classical Marxist and Weberian approaches

•·       conceptualising social class and gender as forms of stratification

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation Class, group presentation Continuous Assessment Group Project 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Year 1,2,3,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecturing 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Giddens, A. and P. Sutton (2013)

Sociology. UK: Polity Press. 7th edition

Macionis, J. and K. Plummer (2011)

McIntrye, L.J. (2005)

Sociology: A Global Introduction. UK: Pearson/Prentice Hall. 5th edition

The Practical Skeptic, Core Concepts in Sociology. Boston: McGraw Hill

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

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


Supplementary reading

Berger, P. (1966)

Invitation to Sociology. London: Penguin

Bilton, T. et al (2002)

Introductory Sociology. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 4th edition

Bauman, Z. (1990)

Thinking Sociologically. UK: B;ackwell

Haralambos, M and M. Holborn (2008)

 Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. London: Collins Educational. 7th edition

O' Connor, P. (1998)

Emerging Voices: Women in Contemporary Irish Society. Dublin: IPA



Many journals can be accessed online

The Irish Journal of Sociology, Sociology

URL Resources

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