Short Title:Applied Sociology 1
Full Title:Applied Sociology 1
Module Code:SOCI H2092
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:Elizabeth Mathews
Module Description:• Application of Sociological concepts and theories to gain understanding of particular issues of Social Care • To expore the experiences of specific groups of marginalised people in society from a sociological perspective
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify and apply sociological concepts and theories in understanding and analysing human interactions, institutions, and daily life situations.
LO2 Explore issues relating to gender, sexuality and family using sociological theory.
LO3 List factors of health, wellbeing and illness using sociological theories and concepts.
LO4 Analyse the experiences of particular marginalised groups in society namely disabled people, people with mental health difficulties and older people using sociological theory and concepts.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Sociology explanations for social reality
Functionalism, Marxism and Feminism.
Family, Gender and Sexuality
Gender, sexuality and family as social constructs. Changes in family structure in Ireland. Concensus and Conflict theories of family. Case study on domestic violence.
Sociology of Health and Wellbeing
Socioligical understanding of health - health as a social construct. Fuctionalist, Marxist and Feminist understandings of health and wellbeing. Social responses to illness. Social epidimeology (social factors influencing health and wellbeing). Sociology of mental illness. Mental illness as a social construct. Stigma and mental illness. Case study: men & suicide or women & over-diagnosis of mental illness.
Sociology of the Body
The rise of the body in sociology. Politicisation of the body, consumerism, and the body as a project. The body and ageing. Age as a social construct.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description   50.00 Sem 1 End
Continuous Assessment n/a   50.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Tovey, H, Share, P.& Corcoran M. 2007, A Sociology of Ireland, Gill and Macmillan
Recommended Book Resources
  • Cleary and Treacy 1997, The sociology of Health and illness in Ireland, U.C.D. Press
  • Marsh I 2000, Sociology, 2nd Ed Ed., Pearson Educational
  • Kimmel 2000, The Gendered Society, Oxford University Press
  • R. Layte, T. Fahey and C.T. Whelan 1999, Income, Deprivation and Well-Being among Older Irish People, Dunlin: National Council for Ageing and Older People
  • Bernard J. Gallagher 2002, Sociology of Mental Illness, The, Prentice Hall
  • Wilkinson, T. & Pickett, K. 2009, The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, Penguin
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Sociological Association of Ireland Irish Journal of Sociology
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 3 Mandatory