Module Title:Introduction to Sociology for Social Care Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures, group work, tutorials, documentaries, online resource, podcasts, e-learning portfolio and reflective journals. Guest speakers from Social Care Practice and relevant agencies and advocacy groups.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to introduce the discipline of Sociology to learners and its application to Social Care Practice. The module aims to develop the learners understanding of the complexity of contemporary society and the cultural and social factors which influence our personal and professional development. The module will encourage the learner to examine and reflect on the social world in which we live and to explore the different ways in which human beings have organised their lives together. As well as the social issues which impact on the individual’s ability to participate on an equal basis in society. The module also provides learners with an opportunity to reflect and develop self-awareness and encourages the learner to see the world as others see it and to understand the actions and feelings of others. There is emphasis placed on the importance of practicing in a non-discriminatory, non-judgmental, and culturally sensitive way. Sociological frameworks and theory will be examined, and aspects of Irish Society will be explored from a sociological perspective. Throughout the module ‘real life’ examples and links will be made to social care practice.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss the role of sociology as a discipline, its observations of social living and how it influences social care practice. D1( P23) D4( P4) D5 (P1,P2.P6,P7,P14)
LO2 Examine how personal values and belief systems emerge and there impact on our world view and how we engage with those around us. D1 ( P8,P22, P23) D4 (P4) D5 ( P19)
LO3 Discuss the factors which shape and influence culture, diversity, and discrimination across societies. D1 (P8, P22, P23) D2 (P2) D4 (P4) D5 (P1, P2, P6, P7, P14, P19)
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

8834 SOCG H1404 Introduction to Sociology for Social Care Practice
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Thinking Sociologically
What is Sociology ? Key introductory ideas. The Sociological Imagination. Macro and micro approaches – roles, groups and social networks Classical Sociological Theorists - Durkheim (Social Solidarity) Marx (Class Conflict) and Weber (Social Action) Feminist Theory (overview). D5 (P1,P2,P6,P7,P14).
Social stratification, inequality and social exclusion
Systems of stratification, Class structure, Poverty, inequality, marginalisation, and social exclusion. Theory of Intersectionality. D1 (P8, P22, P23) D5 (P1, P2, P6, P7, P14).
Culture, Identity and Belonging.
Meaning and importance of culture, cultural competence in social care practice. The concepts of identity and belonging. Socialisation. Family, marriage and intimate relationships, changes in the social construct and structure of the family. Gender, disability, race and ethnicity. Prejudice, bias, unconscious bias and Stereotyping. Anti - racist, anti- oppressive and cultural sensitive approaches for social care practice. D1 (P8, P22, P23) D2 (P2) D4 (P4) D5 (P1, P2, P6, P7, P14, P19)
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Portfolio Students will be required to keep a learning portfolio and provide a weekly reflection or summary on classroom and independent learning activities .D1 (P8, P22, P23) D2 (P2) D4 (P4) D5 (P1, P2, P6, P7, P14, P19) 1,2,3 100.00 Week 12
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Tutorial 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHPSC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Professional Social Care Practice 1 Mandatory
CW_HHSST_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies 1 Mandatory
CW_HHPSC_D Bachelor of Arts in Professional Social Care Practice 1 Mandatory