SOC06011 2017 Key Issues in Sociology: Inequality and social exclusion

General Details

Full Title
Key Issues in Sociology: Inequality and social exclusion
Transcript Title
Key Issues in Sociology
70 %
Subject Area
SOC - Sociology
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Susan McDonnell
Programme Membership
SG_HJOIN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics

This module introduces students to key themes in Sociology, focusing on debates and perspectives around issues of inequality and social exclusion in contemporary society. Sociological concepts and theories will be applied to the analysis of a range of social phenomena. Further, principles of intersectionality will provide a lens for understanding multidimensional influences of social locations in people’s experiences of privilege and oppression.

Learning Outcomes

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


Understand sociological theories and their applications to particular themes, issues and debates


Analyse aspects of contemporary society by applying sociological theories and perspectives


Evaluate academic and popular debates on 'social problems'


Discuss the importance of representation and resistance in establishing/ challenging power structures


Describe intersectionality as a lens for understanding social locations in experiences of privilege and marginalisation

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will be delivered using lectures, class discussions, problem-based learning

Module Assessment Strategies

There are two assessment components for this module:

  1. Reflective journal
  2. Group project

Repeat Assessments

It is expected that repeat component will be a project.

Indicative Syllabus

During this module, students will explore, examine and debate key sociological issues as:

  • Class, Poverty and Welfare
  • Crime and Justice
  • Social Change and the Environment
  • Race and Migration
  • Family, Gender and Sexuality
  • Health and Illness
  • Intersectionality
  • Representation, power and resistance

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reflective journal Continuous Assessment Written Report 40 % OnGoing 1,2
2 Project Project Group Project 60 % Week 10 3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 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

Baumann, Z. and May, T. (2001) Thinking Sociologically

Crenshaw, B. (1995) Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, identity politics and violence against women of color. In Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that formed the movement. New York, New York Press

Haralambos, M. and Holborn, M. (2013) Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Macionis, J. and Plummer, K. (2002) Sociology: A Global Introduction. Prentice Education Limited

Saraga, S. (1998) Embodying the Social: Constructions of difference. London, Routledge

Yuval-Davis, N. (2011) The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional contestations. London, Sage

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