Full Title:Sociological aspects of working with children and families
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SOCS N8024
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will equip the student with a broad view of the important role the family plays in the life of the child. The student will be able to recognise that parents are the primary educators of the child and have a per-eminent role in promoting his /her wellbeing, learning and development (Siolta 3 'Working with parents and families').
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Understand sociological concepts and processes of socialisation of the child and the acquisition of culture.
  2. Analyse the major influences on families and family life.
  3. Explain the diversity of family forms and childhoods

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Sociology, socialisation and the acquisition of culture
Introduction to Sociology.Components of culture. Concepts and processes of socialisation.
Major influences on family life.
Social stratification and effects of social class on the child and family. The determinants of health and well being within the family context.The economic and social functions of family in society.
Family types and diversity of family form
Sociological perspectives of the family. Diversity of Family form. Family life cycle model.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment The student will submit an academic piece of writing examining the sociological issues impacting on health and well being of children and families. 1,2,3 100.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture, Class Discussion, Group Work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 70.00 Once per semester 4.67
Directed Reading No Description 25.00 Once per semester 1.67
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Chambers D. 2012, A Sociology of Family Life, Polity press
  • McDonald, B. 2009, An Introduction to Sociology in Ireland,,, 2nd Ed., Gill & Macmillian Dublin [ISBN: 978-07171-4550-8]
  • Giddens, A. 2012, Sociology, 7th Ed., Polity Press Cambridge [ISBN: 9780745652931]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • website: Economic & Social Reseach Institute www.esri.ie
  • website: Institute of Public Administration www.ipa.ie
  • website: World Health Organisation www.who.org
  • website: Office of Social Inclusion www.socialinclusion.ie
  • Link: Library Catalogue
  • Link: Library Catalogue

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
nocode9 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies (Exit Award) 4 Mandatory
nocode10 Higher Certificate in Arts Early Childhood Studies (Exit Award) 4 Mandatory