Short Title:Family Studies
Full Title:Family Studies
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:FAMS H4002
 
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 on sociology brings the student to the study of the family, a fundamental unit in the context of childhood; an institution that mediates between the child and the wider social world. The aim of this module is to investigate the family as a social institution, with a focus on the changing nature of the family, family processes and the nature and extent of social problems that impact on children in the context of a family setting. Through this module students will also explore macro structures such as the economy, the state and the media and examine the impact that these structures have on children’s lives through the social institution of the family.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse demographic trends in Ireland in relation to the family and family change.
LO2 Evaluate different sociological perspectives related to the family in a contemporary society.
LO3 Examine family processes, the family life cycle, social systems theory and changes in family relationships.
LO4 Analyse a range of social problems, stresses and changes in context of the family.
LO5 Critique range of social institution including state policies and processes that impinge on and help structure family organisation.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Case study 1,2,4 40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 3,4,5 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
  • Cheal, D. 2002, Sociology of Family Life, Palgrave [ISBN: 0333665783]
  • Connolly, L. 2014, The 'Irish' Family, Routledge [ISBN: 1135008140]
  • Price, C. A. Bush, K. R., Price, S., J. 2015, Families & Change, SAGE Publications [ISBN: 1483366766]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Allan, G. 1999, The Sociology of the Family, Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 0631202684]
  • Chambers, D. 2015, A Sociology of Family Life, John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 0745695345]
  • Jenson, J. M., Fraser, M.W. 2015, Social Policy for Children and Families, SAGE Publications [ISBN: 1483344541]
  • Weber, J.G. 2010, Individual and Family Stress and Crises, SAGE [ISBN: 1452237271]
  • White, J. M., Klein, D.M. and Martin, T.F. 2014, Family Theories, SAGE Publications [ISBN: 148332169X]
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_HCHCE_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Care and Education 8 Mandatory