Short Title:Social Institutions and the Early Years
Full Title:Social Institutions and the Early Years
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SOCI H1004
 
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Child Care and youth services
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Zuzana Tesarova
Module Description:This module moves students from an analysis of the social construction of childhood and childhood identities towards an examination of the interaction between the child and the broader environment, paying particular attention to the micro and macro systems that impact on the developing child. Students will examine the structured nature of the early childhood care and education/education system and the family from a sociological perspective. Social institutions such as the economy, the state, religion and the media will be examined as these institutions have a significant impact on socialisation and the life course of the child. Emphasis will be placed on the structured nature of social inequality in society, as the student explores the way in which children’s lives are shaped by broader systems of inequality, as well as being active in the construction of difference in the social world.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain social stratification (referencing class, gender, 'race' ) with a particular focus on child poverty in Ireland
LO2 Describe sociological perspectives on the family and the changing nature of the family in contemporary Ireland
LO3 Give examples of the family and the factors that impact their engagement in ECCE
LO4 Outline the nature of a range of social institutions (early childhood care and education/education, religion and the media, the economy and the state) and the way in which these social institutions influence social stability and social inequality and impact on childhood
LO5 Discuss the role of the large social context in shaping developmental processes and experiences of childhood
LO6 Identify the relationship between social change, social stratification and divisions in society that impact on both children and ECEC service providers in an Irish context
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation n/a 5 40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4,6 60.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus 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 No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Corsaro, W.A., The sociology of Childhood, 2nd Ed., Sage London
  • Gabriel, N. 2017, The Sociology of Early Childhood, Sage Publications Limited [ISBN: 9781446272985]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Fulcher, J., Scott, J. 2011, Sociology, Oxford University Press [ISBN: 0199563756]
  • Dahlberg, D., Moss, P. 2004, Ethics and Politics in Early Childhood Education, Routledge [ISBN: 0203463528]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HCHCE_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Care and Education 2 Mandatory