Short Title:Sociology 1
Full Title:Sociology 1
Module Code:SOCI H1092
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:To introduce students to the concept of Sociology. To interpret the use of sociology in the role of the Social Care Practitioner To apply sociological theory to the study of society
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify the various principles of sociology.
LO2 Recognize and apply basic sociological tools in making sense of society and human interaction.
LO3 Understand and apply the practical uses of sociology in Social Care
LO4 Explain how social inequalities influence the life chances of many individuals and groups in society
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) %
What is Sociology?
Why study Sociology as part of Applied Social Studies (Social Care/Professional Practice)? How Sociologists conduct their work.
History of development of Sociology as an independent academic discipline
Founding fathers of Sociology: Marx, Weber, Durkheim. Theoretical Perspectives: Functionalism, Conflict Theory, Interactionism.
Sociological Perspectives
Sociology and Culture: Sociological pespectives on the family, and gender
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Set project dealing with an aspect of socio-political ideology as it applies to practical scenarios taken from Irish society. 1,3 50.00 n/a
Presentation Group Presentation on topic to be decided. 3,4 25.00 n/a
Assignment In-class assignment 2,3 25.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written 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 & Corc M. 2007, A Sociology of Ireland, Gill & Mac Millan
  • Bernadette McDonald 2006, An Introduction to Sociology in Ireland, Gill & Mac Millan
Recommended Book Resources
  • O.E.C.D. 2006, O.E.C.D. Social Indicators – Society at a Glance, O.E.C.D.
  • Fanning B, Rush M 2006, Care and Social Change in the Irish Welfare Economy, UCD Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 1 Mandatory