Full Title:Sociology 2
Module Code:SOCS H8011
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2012/13 ( February 2013 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Description:This module introduces students of Social Care to the discipline of Sociology. The subject provides a perspective through which the individual, society and the interaction between the two are examined.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Understand and apply some of the key terms, concepts and perspectives of Sociology in explaining the nature of modern Irish society.
  2. Identify and describe key features of the main social institutions in Ireland today.
  3. Show awareness of the social impact of recent economic prosperity.
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of at least one aspect of stratification in Irish society.
  5. Explore on the social impact of economic growth.
  6. Understand differing stratification models throughout the world, comparing with the Irish system.
  7. Theorise family sociological frameworks in Ireland and globally.
  8. Conceptualise sociological perspectives on gender.
  9. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the sociological theories of race and racism.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Changing times, economic prosperity, quality of life, population and Migration
Social structures:
Social institutions e.g. family, religion, economy and work
Systems of stratification: social class, age, gender, race
Materialist or post-materialist?
Social indicators of the quality of life – inequality in wealth, work and health
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment n/a 1,3,4,5 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

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
Tutorial n/a 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecture n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • McDonald, B., An introduction to Sociology in Ireland, Gill & Macmillan (2006)
  • Tovey, H., Share, P. & Corcoran, Mary P., A Sociology of Ireland, Gill & Macmillan (2007), 3rd edition
  • Macionis, John J & Plummer, Ken, Sociology, A Global Introduction, Prentice Hall Europe (2005) 3rd edition
  • Schaefer, Richard T, Sociology, McGraw Hill (2006) 9th edition
  • Fahey, T, Russell, H & Whelan Christopher T (eds), Best of Times? The Social Impact of the Celtic Tiger, IPA (2007)
  • Lawlor, K, de Roiste, A & Devlin, M, Young People in Contemporary Ireland, Gill & Macmillan (2007)
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: Combat Poverty Agency www.combatpoverty.ie
  • Website: Economic and Social Research Institute www.esri.ie
  • Website: The Office of Social Inclusion www.socialinclusion.ie
  • Website: National Study of Children/ESRI www.growingup.ie
  • Website: The Irish Times www.ireland.com
  • Website: Citizens Information Centre www.oasis.ie
  • Website: Institute of Public Administration www.ipa.ie

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 2 Mandatory
DK_HCYWO_7 Bachelor of Arts in Community Youth Work 4 Mandatory
DK_BSSC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care 2 Mandatory
DK_HCSSC_C Higher Certificate in Arts in Social Care 2 Mandatory
DK_HCYWO_C Higher Certificate in Arts in Youth Studies 4 Mandatory