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Archived Version 2019 - 2020

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces the discipline of sociology, through the concept of the ‘sociological imagination’. It explores key aspects of sociological thought; the emergence and development of the discipline; key theorists and methods and applies these approaches to the analysis to selected aspects of Irish society, including: development; power and class; education; identity and culture; media and consumption. It concludes with an examination of future development and challenges for the discipline.

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply a ‘sociological imagination’ to the social world
2. Outline key sociological theories and methods
3. Account for the development of sociological thought
4. Complete a small piece of sociologically-oriented research
5. Identify and discuss key ethical issues in sociology
6. Apply sociological analysis to selected aspects of Irish society
7. Reflect on their own potential as a sociologist

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial15Online distance education tutorials
Online activity60Student-Tutor and Student-Student interaction through discussion forums and other media
Independent Study300Using self-directed learning module learning materials, textbooks and other resources
Total Workload: 375

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

Part 1
Thinking sociologically, The changing social world, Introducing social theory: the key thinkers, study skills

Part 2
The practice of sociology, Creating sociological knowledge, Public sociology and sociological research methods, study skills

Part 3
Irish society: continuity and change, Power and class, Gender and sexuality, study skills Education

Part 4
Sociology and Irish society: culture and everyday life, Identities and culture, Media and information technologies, Work, consumption and everyday life, Sociology and the future, study skills

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Plummer, K.: 2016, Sociology: The basics, 2nd, Routledge, London, 978113892745
  • Share, P., Corcoran, M.P., & Conway, B.: 2012, A Sociology of Ireland, 4th, Gill & MacMillan, Dublin, 978071714984
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