Module Title:Introduction to Sociology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures, reading, documentaries, online resources, classroom activities, discussion, e- learning, podcasts and guest speakers.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to introduce the discipline of sociology to learners and its application to early childhood. The module aims to develop the learners understanding of key factors which impact on the life of children, their families, and communities. 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. Sociological frameworks and theory will be examined, and aspects of Irish society will be explored from a sociological perspective.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss the development and role of sociology as a discipline which observes social life and offers social commentary which is relevant to Early Childhood.
LO2 Understand the social construction of young children’s identities within a range of social categories, culture, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, religion, and disability.
LO3 Examine the evolution, function and diversity of families and communities within an Irish context.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introducing Sociology
What is Sociology Key introductory ideas. Sociological perspectives. Macro and micro approaches – Roles, Groups and Social Networks Classical Sociological Theorists
Culture, Identity and Inclusion
The social construction and components of culture. Socialisation Process. Social identities. Intersectionality. Race, ethnicity, diversity, equality and inclusion in Early Childhood Practice.
Social stratification
Systems of stratification. Class structure. Social inequality, poverty and social exclusion. Equality of educational opportunity.
Sociology of the Family
Changing family structures and patterns. Sociological perspectives of the family. Relating an understanding of the Sociology of the Family to Irish ECEC policies e.g., Siolta (2006), Aistear (2009).
Sociology of Heath, Wellness and disability
The social construction of health, wellness and disability. Heath inequalities and life outcomes.
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 1,2,3 100.00 Week 12
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 6.73
Total Hours 125.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 7.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWECE_B Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Practice 1 Mandatory
CW_HWECE_D Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education and Practice 1 Mandatory