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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Schooling and Society
Module Code ES544
School 76
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Majella McSharry
Semester 2: Majella McSharry
Autumn: Majella McSharry
Module TeachersIrene White
Majella McSharry
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Reflective Case Study

Students will discuss the major competing sociological paradigms in education, issues associated with inequality of educational opportunity, the school as an organisation and the roles of teacher, administrator and the State.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically reflect on different sociological theories and appraise their impact on teaching and learning in contemporary Post Primary Education
2. Synthesise major sociological concepts and theoretical perspectives and interpret their influence on education policy and practice in contemporary post primary education
3. Appraise the relevance of diversity and equality in the development of the Irish post primary education system
4. Investigate how human rights theories inform the practice of post primary teachers in the Irish education system
5. Apply a critical understanding of diversity and equality and recognise their manifestation in modern day, post primary education.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Social Contexts & Diversity
Group work24Applied Case Study
Independent Study77Related to Case Study and Reading
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Society and Wellbeing
Kinship and Constructions of Family

Society and Wellbeing
Generational Concepts and Characteristics

Society and Wellbeing
Exploring Family Systems

Society and Wellbeing
Racism and Ethnic Diversity

Society and Wellbeing
Sociological Perspectives on Suicide

Society and Wellbeing
Sexual Orientations

Society and Wellbeing
Sociology of Spirituality

Society and Schooling
Gender and Education

Schooling and Wellbeing
Religion Church and Education

Schooling and Wellbeing
Schooling and Social Inequalities

Schooling and Wellbeing
Homophobic Bullying in Schools

Schooling and Wellbeing
Travelling Community and Schooling

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing
Concepts of Wellbeing

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing
Pastoral Care in Schools

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentReflective Professional Case Study100%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • O'Higgins-Norman, James: 2008, Homophobic Bullying in Irish Secondary Education, Academica, Palo Alto, California, 9781933146454
  • Lodge, K., Lynch, K.: 2004, Diversity at School, Equality Auhtority, Dublin, 1904541194
  • Renehan, C.: 2006, Different planets? ; gender attitudes and classroom practice in post-primary teaching, Liffey Press, Dublin, 9781905785162
  • Robert K. Yin (Editor): 2009, Case Study Research: Design and Methods, Sage, Thousand Oaks, California, 9781412960991
  • Michael Bassey: 1999, Case study research in educational settings, Open University Press, Ballmoor, Buckingham, 0335199844
  • Walsh, Brendan: 2011, Education Studies in Ireland: The Key Disciplines, Gill and MacMillan, Dublin, 9780717147663
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
PMEProfessional Master of Education
SMPESingle Module Programme Education
Date of Last Revision06-NOV-08

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