Module Details

Module Code: EDUC N7012
Full Title Sociological aspects of working with families and children
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Owner: Lyn Bowers
Departments: Unknown
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').
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Understand sociological concepts and processes of socialisation of the child and the acquisition of culture.
MLO2 Recognise the major influences on families and family life.
MLO3 Describe the diversity of family forms and childhoods
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Sociology, socialisation and the acquisition of culture
Introduction to Sociology.Components of culture. Concepts and processes of socialisation through the family, early years setting and through wider society.
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. Ecological Systems Theory. Direct and indirect influences on family life
Family types and diversity of family form
Sociological perspectives of the family. Diversity of Family form. Family life cycle model. Evolution of the family. Importance of identity & belonging to the child and their family. Impact of marginalization on the family. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time

No Course Work
Assessment Type Project % of Total Mark 100
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,2,3
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students are required to produce a substantive piece of work that meets the learning outcomes for this module. This will incorporate both written and practical elements
No Practical
No Final 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.
Reassessment Description
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. 100%

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


Module Workload

This module has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.20 1.2000000476837158
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 5.00 5
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.50 2.5
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.70
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.20
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Chambers D.. (2012), A Sociology of Family Life, Polity press, [ISBN: 9780745695341].
  • McDonald, B.. (2014), An Introduction to Sociology in Ireland,,, 3rd. Gill & Macmillian, Dublin, [ISBN: 9780717156221].
  • Giddens, A; Sutton, P.. (2017), Sociology, 8th. Polity Press, Cambridge, [ISBN: 9780745696683].
  • Maybin, J; Woodhead, M.. (2003), Childhoods in Context, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, [ISBN: 0470846933].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Donohue, J; Gaynor, F. (2011), Education and Care in the Early Years, 5th. Gill & Macmillan Ltd., Dublin, [ISBN: 9780717149759].
  • Moloney, M; McCarthy, E.. (2018), International Leadership for Effective Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care, Routledge, Oxon, [ISBN: 9781138092884].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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