Module Title:Introduction to Sociology and Social Policy
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures, Case Studies, Documentaries, Group Work and Tutorials and DVD.
Module Aim: 1. To give the student an understanding of the discipline of social policy and sociology 2. To develop an understanding of the major institutions of modern society. 3. To give the student an understanding of the complexity of contemporary society. 4. To give students an understanding and knowledge of the historical development of the Irish welfare system 5. To give students an appreciation of the kind of influences which may affect policy formation 6. To promote students’ understanding of the social issues underpinning policy
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss the factors which shape Irish society.
LO2 Discuss the emergence of the Irish Welfare State
LO3 Recognise the factors which influence poverty, social exclusion and Social Class
LO4 Identify the main classical theorists in sociology and evaluate the interpretations of society offered by these theorists.
LO5 Describe the functions of the family.
LO6 Outline how socialisation impacts on culture and idenity
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Factors which influence the develpoment of Social Ploicy
Why Social Policy is relevant to Youth and Community Work The factors which influence the development of Social Policy. Political ideologies and perspectives on Welfare
The Development of the Irish welfare system
Introduction to the development of the Irish welfare system from early 19th Century. Esping Andersons three worlds of welfare and the Irish Mixed Economy of Welfare. Including the contribution of public, private, voluntary and informal welfare sectors. Universal and Selectivism.
The Development of Leglislation
The process by which private issues become public debates. The role of pressure groups , the media, church and ideology in this process. The stages of a bill and finally how a bill becomes a piece of leglislation.
Poverty and Social Inclusion
Poverty in Ireland Definitions and measurements Child and Family Poverty Educational disadvantage Anti- Poverty Strategy Anti - poverty and social inclusion strategy
Thinking Sociologically
An introduction to sociology and the changing nature of the social world. Classical Sociological Theory - Marx, Weber and Durkheim
Social Stratification
Dimensions of Social Stratification, Inequality, Social Mobility, theories of Social Stratification, Consumption and Social Stratification
Sociology of Family
Family, Marriage and Intimate Relationships, Broad changes in the family , theorizing the family and problems in the family. Sociology of childhood, youth and older person.
Culture, Idenity and Gender
Defining culture and cultural difference, emerging issues in culture Socialization Idenity Gender and sexuality
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project n/a 1,2,3 50.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 3,4,5,6 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Total Hours 90.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHYCW_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Youth and Community Work 1 Mandatory
CW_HWASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 1 Mandatory