Students should note that all of the modules below may not be available to them.

Undergraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Undergraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

Postgraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Postgraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

SC1003 Criminology: a history and introduction
SC1004 Criminology: key concepts, studies and issues
SC1005 Introduction to Sociology (Part 1)
SC1006 Key Issues in Sociology (Part 2)
SC1011 Sociology of Health, Public Health and Health Promotion
SC1012 Introduction to Sociology (Part A)
SC1013 Key Issues in Sociology (Part B)
SC1014 Introduction to the Psychology of Crime
SC1015 Sociological Concepts For Nursing
SC1016 Sociological Concepts For Midwifery
SC2001 Foundation in Sociological Theory
SC2002 Research Project 1
SC2003 The Sociology of Class
SC2004 Political Sociology
SC2012 Race, Ethnicity, Migration and Nationalism
SC2017 Sociology of Education, Learning and Work
SC2018 Sociology of Culture and Art
SC2019 Economic Sociology
SC2021 Sociology of Crime and Deviance: 1897-1975
SC2024 Sociology of Crime and Deviance: 1975-present
SC2026 Sociology of the Family
SC2027 Sociology of Health, Illness and the Body
SC2034 Cultures of Cities
SC2053 Women, Confinement and Social Control in Ireland
SC2054 Crime, Urbanization and Cities
SC2056 Sex Offenders
SC2057 Policing Modern Society
SC2058 Life-Course Criminology and Desistance
SC2059 Victims and Victimology
SC2060 Comparative Perspectives on Policing
SC2061 Terrorism and Political Violence
SC2062 Education in Prisons
SC2063 Anthropology and Social Control
SC2064 Gender and Crime
SC3001 Social Theory II
SC3003 Sociology of Development and Globalization
SC3004 The Sociology of Community
SC3007 Introduction to Planning and Sustainable Development
SC3009 Sociology of Religions and Civilisations
SC3012 Sociology of the Media
SC3016 Research Seminars and Project
SC3017 Sociology of Law: Legal Justice, Human Rights and Social Change
SC3018 Research Essay
SC3019 Dissertation on Criminology: research design
SC3020 Citizenship and Global Community
SC3023 Sociology of Health and Illness: New Directions and Current Debates
SC3025 Health and Scientific Deviance
SC3029 Sociology of the Environment
SC3036 Living Spaces: Social Construction of Habitat
SC3037 Dissertation on Criminology
SC3039 Philosophy of Social Science
SC3046 Family, Gender, Sexualities
SC3051 Sociology of Evil
SC3055 Research Project 2
SC4001 Sociology of Health: Contemporary Debates and Holistic Healthcare for the 21st Century
SC6001 Economy and Society Summer School
SC6002 Economy and Society Summer School - 2
SC6601 Sociology of Crime and Deviance
SC6602 Rethinking Borders: Global Challenges to Social Justice
SC6603 Social Pathology and Civic Health
SC6606 Dissertation on Criminology
SC6607 Victimology
SC6608 Social and Sociological Theory
SC6611 Sociology of Crime and Deviance
SC6614 Sociological Methodology
SC6615 Dissertation in Sociology
SC6623 Globalisation and Culture
SC6624 Civilisation and Globalisation: The Rise and Dynamics of the Modern World in the Context of Civilisational Analysis
SC6625 Contemporary Ireland: Formations of Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Class
SC6626 Sociology of the Public Sphere
SC6627 Social Pathology and Civic Health
SC6631 Sociology of Sustainable Development
SC6632 Minor Dissertation
SC6633 Literature Review
SC6638 Rethinking Borders: Global Challenges to Social Justice
SC7106 Social Theory Paradigms and Thesis Definition I
SC7604 Sociology of the Mass Media
SC7623 Globalisation and Culture
SC7624 Civilisation and Globalisation
SC7626 Sociology of the Public Sphere
SC7627 Social Pathology and Civic Health
SC7628 Communication and Learning in the Constitution of Society

SC1003 Criminology: a history and introduction

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 20.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the basic components of criminology and a brief overview of its history.

Module Content: A history of criminology from biological and constitutional explanations of criminal behaviour, to the psychological and psychoanalytic studies, on to the sociological explanations of juvenile delinquency, before outlining the basic features of contemporary, more interdisciplinary and integrated criminologies. In the course of this tour, we will look at fundamental concepts in criminology, such as crime, deviance, criminalization, the state, the law, punishment, rehabilitation, desistance, norms, culture, explanation, and media.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Appreciate the broad outline and key features of the history of criminology.
· List the basic features of the different types of explanation of crime;
· Outline the key differences between the main disciplinary approaches to crime and deviance;
· Understand what different explanations of crime have to offer;
· Describe and illustrate the difference between the concepts of crime, deviance, negligence, disaster and accident;
· Understand the idea of the state.
· Describe the main social functions of the state.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2016. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Departments).

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SC1004 Criminology: key concepts, studies and issues

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 20.

Pre-requisite(s):

Co-requisite(s): SC1003

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the key concepts, acclaimed studies and debated issues of criminology.

Module Content: The relationships between crime, social deviance, anti-social behaviour, difference, accidents, civil torts, disasters and the major examples of social harm; problems of official criminal statistics;
studies of juvenile delinquency, of the nature and role of criminal law in society, of media imagery of crime and deviance, of women and crime, of the city and gangs, and of political dissent;
and debates on matters such as the death penalty and the handling of rape.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe accurately three major studies of crime or criminal justice;
· Outline at least three major methods of criminological enquiry;
· Understand the role of moral judgments in the designation or assignment of an event to the categories of crime
· Define the correspondence or non-correspondence between the censures of crime and anti-social behaviour and the main illustrations of social harm;
· Demonstrate a basic grasp of the different ways in which social blame is articulated or avoided.
· Understand the key components of the social process of criminalization.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 100 marks (2 hours); Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Essay, 2000 words max.).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2016.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2016. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Departments).

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SC1005 Introduction to Sociology (Part 1)

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 360.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Workshops.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology; Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to substantive themes and empirical topics in Sociology

Module Content: This module introduces students to the subject of sociology; to the development of modern society; to key people and ideas in sociology; and to issues and problems in contemporary society, both in Ireland and globally.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the field of sociology and outline its historical development
· Identify key people and their theories in the discipline of sociology
· Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of sociological concepts by applying them to analyse contemporary social issues.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (3 x 750 word essays (30 marks each) 90 marks attendance 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the department).

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SC1006 Key Issues in Sociology (Part 2)

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 360.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): SC1005

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Workshops; 12 x 1hr(s) Other (consultations).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology; Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology; Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to substantive themes and empirical topics in Sociology

Module Content: This module introduces students to a number of key issues in the discipline of sociology by focusing on debates about the nature of contemporary society such as Globalization, Politics, Economics, Culture, Environment, Family, Migration, Gender, etc.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Understand sociological theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and debates.
· Analyze aspects of modern society by applying sociological theories and methods.
· Formulate and explain particular social phenomena in terms of general sociological theories.
· Critically evaluate debates on issues in contemporary society.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 180 marks (1 x 3hr written examination); Continuous Assessment 20 marks (in class participation and contribution 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2016.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2016. The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward.

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SC1011 Sociology of Health, Public Health and Health Promotion

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6 (-).

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Other (20 Lectures/Discussions; 80hrs Coursework/Self-directed Learning).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Myles Balfe, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Myles Balfe, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To provide students with a basic introduction to sociology; to explore some key sociological concepts and examine their relevance for Public Health and Health promotion.

Module Content: Introduction to Sociology; what Sociology is, and why we should care about it. This will be followed by specific classes on gender, health inequalities, illness, stigma, medicalisation, professional-public interactions, disability, sexuality, violence and race.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explain the utility of Sociology, and a Sociological perspective, for Public Health and Health Promotion
· Identify and define key concepts and ideas from Sociology that are useful for Public Health and Health Promotion.
· Apply Sociological concepts to particular health-related problems, issues and phenomena.
· Demonstrate an understanding of the role that social factors play in individuals' experience of health and illness.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC1012 Introduction to Sociology (Part A)

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 130.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Workshops.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology; Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to substantive themes and empirical topics in Sociology

Module Content: This module introduces students to the subject of sociology; to the development of modern society; to key people and ideas in sociology; and to issues and problems in contemporary society, both in Ireland and globally.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the field of sociology and outline its historical development
· Identify key people and their theories in the discipline of sociology
· Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of sociological concepts by applying them to analyse contemporary social issues.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (3 x 750 word essays (30 marks each) 90 marks, attendance and participation 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the department).

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SC1013 Key Issues in Sociology (Part B)

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 130.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): SC1012

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Workshops; 12 x 1hr(s) Other (consultations).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology; Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology; Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To develop students knowledge and understanding of substantive themes and empirical topics in Sociology

Module Content: This module introduces students to a number of key issues in the discipline of sociology by focusing on debates about the nature of contemporary society such as Globalization, Politics, Economics, Culture, Environment, Family, Migration, Gender, etc.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Understand sociological theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and debates.
· Analyze aspects of modern society by applying sociological theories and methods.
· Formulate and explain particular social phenomena in terms of general sociological theories.
· Critically evaluate debates on issues in contemporary society.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 180 marks (1 x 3hr written examination); Continuous Assessment 20 marks (in class participation and contribution 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2016.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2016. The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward.

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SC1014 Introduction to the Psychology of Crime

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology, Dr. Orla Lynch.

Module Objective: On completion of this module, students will have acquired a basic understanding of how psychological theories have been applied to the study of crime, and of the foundations of modern psychological criminology.

Module Content: 1. What is psychology?
2. An introduction to criminological psychology.
3. Applying psychology to understanding crime ? the strengths and limitations.
4. Foundational studies ? The Conformity Effect, The Bi-stander Effect and The Milgram Experiment.
5. Foundational studies ? The Robbers Cave and The Stanford Prison experiment.
6. Foundational studies - Crime, mental health and the aversion project.
7. Aggression and violent crime
8. Crime analysis and offender profiling.
9. Eyewitness accounts and jury behavior.
10. Policing, Investigative and Forensic Psychology.
11. Psychological Interventions with Offenders.
12. Psychological explanations of crime in context ? the individual in society.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the contribution of psychological research to explanations of crime.
· Explain the limitations and strengths of psychological approaches applied to explaining crime and understand how these theories might interact with sociological and criminological theories.
· Understand the key psychological experiments undertaken and explain their contributions to our current understanding of crime and criminality.
· Understand the key psychological experiments undertaken and explain their contributions to our current understanding of crime and criminality.
· Understand the role of psychology more generally in the criminal justice system including its role in jury behavior, the role of witnesses and the potential of investigative and forensic psychology.


· Students will be introduced to a number of key interventions undertaken with offenders.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (1 x 1,500 word assignment).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 90 min(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 90 min(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2016. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC1015 Sociological Concepts For Nursing

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24hr(s) Other (Lectures, Tutorials); 76hr(s) Other (Self-Directed Learning).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Myles Balfe, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Myles Balfe, Department of Sociology; Dr Angela Flynn, School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Module Objective: To introduce and develop students' knowledge and understanding of how social factors underpin a). health and illness and b). the provision of healthcare.

Module Content: This module will deliver an overview of key sociological concepts that are central to nursing practice. The first class will provide an introduction to sociology and will explore what sociology is and how social factors, particularly health inequalities, influence health. The class will also examine the inter-relationships between individuals and broader social environments and social structures, as well as discussing the relevance of sociology to healthcare. Specific classes will follow on gender (where we will examine sexual and domestic violence and the role of men and women in society), representations of health and healthcare professionals in the media, illness, stigma and medicalization. The module will attend to the role of the nurse in advocating for individuals, and the importance of social justice as a core nursing value. The role that cultural identity and intercultural communication play in nursing practice will also be explored, as will the utility of health promotion for nursing. Finally the module will investigate the socialisation of nurses.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explain the utility of sociology, and a sociological perspective, for nurses.
· Identify and define key concepts and ideas from sociology that are useful for nurses.
· Apply sociological concepts to particular health-related problems, issues and phenomena.
· Demonstrate an understanding of the role that social factors play in individuals' experiences of health and illness.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 50% is the pass standard for the College of Medicine and Health.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC1016 Sociological Concepts For Midwifery

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 15, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24hr(s) Other (Lecture, Tutorials); 76hr(s) Other (Self-directed Learning).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Myles Balfe, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Myles Balfe, Department of Sociology; Staff, School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Module Objective: To introduce and develop students' knowledge and understanding of how social factors underpin - a) health and illness and b) the provision of healthcare.

Module Content: This module will deliver an overview of key sociological concepts that are central to midwifery practice. The first class will provide an introduction to sociology and will explore what sociology is and how social factors, particularly health inequalities, influence health. The class will also examine the inter-relationships between individuals and broader social environments and social structures, as well as discussing the relevance of sociology to healthcare. Specific classes will follow on gender (where we will examine sexual and domestic violence and the role of men and women in society), representations of health and healthcare professionals in the media, illness, stigma and medicalization. The utility of sociology for midwives' day to day occupational activities will be explored. Finally lectures will investigate sociological perspectives on the family, pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the socialisation of midwives.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explain the utility of sociology, and a sociological perspective, for midwives.
· Identify and define key concepts and ideas from sociology that are useful for midwives.
· Apply sociological concepts to particular health-related problems, issues and phenomena.
· Demonstrate an understanding of the role that social factors play in individuals' experiences of health and illness.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1500 word Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 50%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward, Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2001 Foundation in Sociological Theory

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6 (-).

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To provide an overview of social theory up to the mid-20th Century, with a view to clarifying the principles of theory construction.

Module Content: This module provides a general yet contextually sensitive overview of 19th and early 20th Century social theory from a variety of perspectives. The major theoretical traditions are covered in a way that allows the students to develop an understanding both of leading authors and of basic concepts and theoretical models. While the module seeks to encourage a synthetic grasp of classical and modern social theory as such, the importance of developing a sense of the range of choices to be made in the course of theory construction is stressed throughout.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Give a historical overview of the development of social theory in relation to its changing socio-historical context between the 19th and the early 20th century.
· Outline what social theory is, and identify the major classical directions and the figures representing them.
· Compare and contrast the contributions of at least two major classical social theorists.
· Outline and critically evaluate the contribution of a major classical social theorist.
· Present and analyse the basic classical social theoretical concepts and models.
· Identify the range of options available for the construction of social theory, and demonstrate a justified choice of position.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 X 1,500 word essays - 50 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2002 Research Project 1

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6 (-).

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 6 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 2hr(s) Workshops.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology; Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology; Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To provide an overview of the various methodological approaches within Sociology and to explore the theoretical, practical and political/ethnical dimensions of the research process.

Module Content: In the first part of the module, lectures will provide an overview of the variety of methodological approaches within Sociology. In the second part of the module, workshop groups will be introduced to the theoretical, methodological, practical and political/ethnical dimensions of understanding research within sociology.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· To enable students:
· To identify and utilize the major theoretical-methodological paradigms of the discipline of sociology
· To understand basic approaches to conducting social research and the steps involved in doing a research project
· To select and to minimally elaborate a research project idea
· To conduct field research using a variety of different approaches
· To conduct illustrative field work.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (3 x Assignments 30 marks each; Attendance 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) (in lieu of Continuous Assessment) to be taken in Autumn 2016.

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SC2003 The Sociology of Class

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 8, Max 60.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To familiarise students with classical and contemporary theories of inequality and social stratification

Module Content: The course examines classical theories of class and inequality in the work of Marx and Weber. The work of contemporary social theorists in relation to class will then be considered, particularly Poulantzas, Wright, Giddens, Goldthorpe and Marshall. Among other themes explored will be the problem of measuring social class, women and class and class in European societies.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Students who attend lectures, complete assignments and fully engage with the course material offered in this module are offered a wide range of opportunities to develop new competencies and transferable disciplinary skills. On completion of the course, students should be able to
· List, describe and outline the main ideas and arguments of each of the theorists presented in the course
· Summarise, discuss and compare the theories and case studies presented in the course
· Critically evaluate the relevance of sociological concepts, theoretical insights and research data for the analysis of class, inequality and social stratification.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3000 word Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2004 Political Sociology

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 60.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology; Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To familiarise students with a number of sociological tools that can be used to understand politics in general, and Irish politics in particular.

Module Content: This module will focus on two major topics: the modern state and political culture.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Students who attend lectures, complete assignments and fully engage with the course material offered in this module are offered a wide range of opportunities to develop new competencies and transferable disciplinary skills. On completion of the course, students should be able to
· List, describe and outline the main ideas and arguments of each of the theorists presented in the course
· Summarise, discuss and compare the theories and case studies presented in the course
· Critically evaluate the relevance of sociological concepts, theoretical insights and research data for the analysis of politics and government.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 word essays 50 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2012 Race, Ethnicity, Migration and Nationalism

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology; Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: This module will examine race, ethnicity, migration and nationalism from historical and contemporary perspectives.

Module Content: This module will examine the historical trajectories and contemporary interpretations of the concepts of race, ethnicity and nationhood. Through critical engagement with classical and contemporary theories of race, ethnicity and nationhood the course will examine the role that these play in the construction of social and political identities, and in the development of the modern nation-state and nationalist politics. The module will then proceed to investigate the co-constitutive relationship between interpretations of race, ethnicity and nationhood, and historical and contemporary migration. Emphasis will be placed on the role of migration in the constitution of the modern nation-state, the relationship between migrant and minority politics, and the manner in which contemporary migration continues to be affected by discourses of race, ethnicity and nationhood.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate an understand the central theoretical perspectives on race, ethnicity and nationhood;
· Demonstaret an understand the origins and significance of racial, ethnic and national divisions, and their co-constitutive historical and contemporary relationships;
· Demonstate an understand the relationship between interpretations of race, ethnicity and nationhood and the politics of migration and citizenship.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 word assisgnments, 80 marks ; attendance 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the department. Marks for attendance carried forward).

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SC2017 Sociology of Education, Learning and Work

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 8, Max 60.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology; Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology; Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To familiarise students with theory, analysis and empirical research on the sociology of education.

Module Content: This module on Education will take up the challenge of re-imagining and reinvigorating the core ideals of education as the life-long cultivation of wisdom and civic virtue. Education that enables human flourishing and a healthy body politic means something more than 'skills training' to be utilized for work. Educare means to cultivate, to lead forth, to draw out from within; and wisdom is derived from vis in 'vision' and dom meaning judgment and authority. When we consider the challenges of recovery we realize that it is not just enterprise and innovation in economy and technology -education for work- that is at issue, but more fundamentally a revitalization of our political, cultural and moral institutions. Our individual and collective abilities to be innovative and creative, to adapt to change and to reinvent our society and our economy to face the challenges of recovery and the future, whether in the fields of science & technology, industry & economy, law and politics, culture and the arts will come primarily from vision and the exercise of judgment based on good authority, inspired and guided by the light of higher values and ideals.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate their knowledge of the theoretical perspectives, ideas and arguments presented.
· Summarise and apply the basic sociological concepts and theories presented to an analysis of contemporary issues in the field of education.
· Compare and contrast theoretical perspectives.
· Critique and evaluate the relevance of sociological concepts, theoretical insights and research data in relation to contemporary issues and debates
· Analyse the empirical data presented in relation to contemporary issues and debates.
· Apply appropriate theoretical perspectives, sociological concepts and methods to analysis ?and research in the field of education.
· Synthesise theoretical ideas and arguments to support and illustrate the students own ?arguments in the presentation of their work.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 word Essay (40 marks each); Attendance and participation 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2018 Sociology of Culture and Art

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology; Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: A theoretically and methodologically informed sociological
analysis of Culture and Art

Module Content: The objective of this module is to offer a theoretically and methodologically informed sociological analysis of culture and art. Dr Keohane will focus especially on the reciprocal interplay and influences between Irish literature and the philosophical discourse of modernity. Professor Szakolczai's part of the course will be based on his books Sociology, Religion and Grace: A Quest for the Renaissance, and The Re-Birth of Comedy: An effective history of the comic, from Commedia dell'Arte until the Russian Ballet of Diaghilev. The central aim is to explore the links between works of art; the character and life of the author as a personality in search of understanding; and the broader society or civilization in which it was created.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Utilize a basic knowledge of concepts from sociology, philosophy and criticism to understand & interpret culture and works of art.
· Examine and explore multiple meanings and interpretations in texts, artifacts, cultural objects and representations.
· Use information resources for critical research and inquiry into course themes and concepts.
· Use evidence to develop and evaluate positions regarding other topics covered in the seminar.
· Offer plausible interpretations and express informed opinions about topics covered in the seminar and communicate well in written and oral form.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 word essays (40 marks each); attendance 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2019 Economic Sociology

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 8, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology; Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: An introduction to economic sociology

Module Content: The module will introduce students to key figures and issues in the sub-discipline of economic sociology. It will show, historically, how the relation between economy and society was of great importance to the development of sociology as a discipline and how this relationship has been understood up to the present. Themes in the course will include economies and their societal environments, economic and social rationality, the culture of economic life, economics and the anthropology of the human being, national and global economic analysis, methodologies of economic sociology and economic sociology and societal discourses. The course will be both theoretical and case-oriented, the latter particularly focussing on dimensions of the contemporary economic and social problems to which economic sociology can make a major contribution.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Outline the central concepts of economic sociology;
· Be familiar with different theoretical and methodological approaches in economic sociology
· Describe and analyse processes in which the economy dynamically interrelates with other social spheres
· Evaluate the positive and negative outcomes generated by the interaction between the economy and other factors and forces involved in societal transformation.
· Relate their own beliefs, ideas and attitudes to contemporary economic developments and their analysis.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1500 word essays throughout the year 45 marks each; Attendance 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department. The attendance mark is carried forward.).

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SC2021 Sociology of Crime and Deviance: 1897-1975

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars; 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To describe, explicate and illustrate the main sociological theories and research studies of crime and deviance from 1897-1975

Module Content: Within an historical narrative of their context, the module describes and assesses the main sociological theories of crime and deviance on the basis of their theory, their evidence and their research methods.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· understand the main explanations and interpretive frameworks in the sociology of crime and deviance;
· evaluate the main explanations and interpretive frameworks in the sociology of crime and deviance;
· assess critically key empirical studies in this field;
· demonstrate an analytic skill set in critical thinking about complex moral phenomena;
· locate sociological theories of crime and deviance within their socio-historical context and within the history of the field;
· illustrate a sensitivity to the moral and political resonances of the key moral debates in the twentieth century.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (In-class test mid-semester (50 marks) , 1 x 1500-word essay at end (50 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC2024 Sociology of Crime and Deviance: 1975-present

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars; 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To describe, explicate and illustrate the main contemporary sociological theories and research studies of crime, deviance and social censure.

Module Content: An account of contemporary sociological theories and studies of crime, deviance, criminal justice and social censure.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· understand contemporary explanations and interpretive frameworks in the sociology of crime and deviance;
· evaluate contemporary explanations and interpretive frameworks in the sociology of crime and deviance;
· describe and critically assess the key studies in this field in this period;
· demonstrate a skill set in critical thinking, research methodology and the explanation of complex moral phenomena;
· locate sociological theories of crime and deviance within their socio-historical context and within the history of the field;
· explicate a sensitivity to the various linguistic modes of representing deviance and crime;
· illustrate a critical awareness of contemporary forms of media re-presentation of crime and deviance;
· understand the complex relationships between forms of social censure and their empirical referents.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (2 x 2000-word essays (2x100 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC2026 Sociology of the Family

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 60.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To examine specific aspects of contemporary family life in relation to social research and theory.

Module Content: Families encompass a complex array of relationship networks, including: those living in heterosexual, legally-contracted unions (lifelong and re-constituted) with children; those cohabiting in heterosexual and/or same-sex partnerships without children; lone parents and their children; three generational, extended or sibling families. Families continue to flourish in their diversity. This module examines specific aspects of contemporary family/personal life in relation to social research and theory. Part 1 provides a critical analysis of theoretical approaches to the family, intimacy and personal life (including Carol Smart and David Cheal) and elucidates macro social trends and processes. Part 2 examines specific dimensions of contemporary family life, personal life and intimacy and challenges current debates. The Irish case is considered in each section.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Students who take this course should be able to:
· Examine specific aspects of contemporary family life in relation to research, policy and social theory.
· Critically analyse theoretical approaches to the family
· Identify social trends and processes in the arena of family life
· Evaluate the changes occurring in contemporary family life.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the department).

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SC2027 Sociology of Health, Illness and the Body

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6 (-).

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To provide a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of health and illness.

Module Content: Students will be introduced to classical and new social theories in the area of health and illness. The various perspectives and analytical approaches will be developed in connection with a number of substantive areas and topics. These will include the history of the changing concepts of health and illness, medicine as a form of social power and the historical formation of health-care professions and occupations, the biomedical model and medical discourse, sociological critiques of the general model of illness categories and the various shifts that have occurred in the nature and understanding of health and illness. The course will also explore the social causation of health and illness, socio-economic inequalities and gender issues in health. A case study approach will be adopted as a way of introducing students to some of the changing concepts and pressing issues that have entered health discourse and practice, for example the concepts of risk, responsibility and lifestyle.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Give a historical overview of the development of the sociology of health, illness and the body.
· Outline key concepts of the field of health, illness and the body.
· Understand what is at stake in the construction of health, illness and the body as a field of study, and critically engage with some of the dominant historical and contemporary assumptions and trajectories of the field.
· Outline major themes in the sociology of health, illness and the body, and analyse the issue(s) at stake therein.
· Outline and evaluate the contribution of major sociologists of health, illness and the body.
· Compare and contrast the basic methodological paradigms in the field.
· Analyze contemporary social debates on health, illness and the body.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 X 3,000 word essay 90 marks, attendance 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessment, as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2034 Cultures of Cities

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 70.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology; Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To explore key classical and contemporary theorists of urban culture within the broader context of Modernity and post-Modernity.

Module Content: This module looks at characteristic aspects of cultures of cities in terms of their being symptomatic of broader processes of transformation of Modernity. The module begins by showing how the discussion of urban cultural forms is synonymous with the study of modernity in general. The city is first sketched within the terms of classical social theorists Weber, Marx, Durkheim, Freud and others. Next, the formulations of the city by George Simmel and Walter Benjamin are examined, and the methodology for the study of urban culture proffered by their work is considered.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate the following sociological cognitive competencies: Knowledge; Comprehension; Application; Analysis; Synthesis; Evaluation.
· Describe the field of the cultures of cities outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
· Identify major sociological theories and paradigms and define key concepts and ideas in the discourse of the cultures of cities.
· Apply sociological theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and phenomena in the cultures of cities.
· Analyze aspects of modern city cultures and illustrate them in terms of sociological theories and concepts.
· Explain urban cultural phenomena and formulate particular problems in terms of general sociological theories.
· Criticize aspects of contemporary urban cultures and evaluate issues and debates.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 essay (40 marks); in class test (40 marks), Attendance 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2053 Women, Confinement and Social Control in Ireland

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology, Dr. Deirdre Ni Chuanachain.

Module Objective: To introduce and develop students' knowledge and understanding of coercive confinement in post-independence Ireland.

Module Content: This module provides an overview of the development of a culture of coercive confinement in Post-Independence Ireland. It examines a range of institutions other than prisons utilised to confine those deemed to be deviant.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the central historical and contemporary perspectives on incarceration in a web of institutions such as magdalen laundries, mother and baby homes, industrial schools, reformatory schools and psychiatric hospitals.
· Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between and the overlapping roles of the Church, the State and the Family.
· Understand the shapes and forms of regulatory control.
· Use resources for critical research and inquiry into the course themes and concepts.
· Analyse and apply the concept of social control to regulatory methods in twentieth-century Ireland.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 word essays - 50 marks each.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2054 Crime, Urbanization and Cities

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures (and Seminars).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Mr Lorcan Byrne, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To explore classical and contemporary theories of urbanisation and crime within a broader context of modernity and post-modernity.

Module Content: This module looks at characteristic aspects of crime, urbanisation and cities in terms of their being emblematic of wider processes of transformation of Modernity. The module will look at classical social theorists such as Mumford, Benjamin, Weber, Simmel, and Durkheim; American criminologists such as Merton, Miller, Cloward & Ohlin, Becker, Matza,; European conflict perspectives of Taylor, Walton, Young, and Stuart Hall; and the contemporary work of Wacquant, Davis, Venkatesh and Hallsworth.

Substantive topics will include: Urbanisation, crime and deviant identity; Sub-cultures and gangs; The Chicago School and ethnographies of crime and the gang; Street corner society, hobos and migratory cultures; Mainstream culture, subculture and youth culture; Sub-cultural groups and social reaction - Bikers, Teddy Boys, Mods, Rockers, Punks, Skinheads and Hooligans; Sub-cultural theory and crime- status frustration, opportunity structures, delinquency and drift; Deviance and middle class youth; Teen gangs, girl gangs, postcode gangs, ethnic gangs, criminal gangs; Criminal Gangs and Globalisation; Gangs and cartels; Gangs and modern cities; Gangs, the Irish experience.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Critically evaluate perspectives from sociology which explain and describe the city and its effects;
· Describe the relationships between subcultures, class, ethnicity, territory and social identity;
· Identify the defining characteristics of urban gangs and subcultures, particularly their social organisation, composition, social and criminal practices;
· Compare and assess different types of crime, the fear of crime, and postcode stigma in terms of different forms and processes of urbanisation;
· Assess the relationships between the criminal underworld and the urban poor;
· Describe the forms of social regulation of urban crime.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay (50 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 90 min(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2016.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 90 min(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2016. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2056 Sex Offenders

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Ciara Staunton, School of Applied Psychology.

Module Objective: To provide students with an understanding of the varied nature of sexual offences and types of sexual offenders from psychological, cultural and legal perspectives.

Module Content: Sexual crime presents itself in a range of guises. The focus of this module is on violent crime where there is a sexual element attached to the violence so that, in law, it is a sexual offence. This module will consider the aetiology, assessment and treatment of sexually motivated offenders. Topics will include:
· Sexual deviance & culture;
· Investigating Sexual Crime;
· Theories of Sexual Offending and Sexual Violence;
· Mental illness and Sexual Predators;
· Deviant Sexual Interests & Paraphilias;
· The Sex Offenders Act 2001;
· Paedophiles and Child Molestation;
· The Crimes of Rape and Sexual Assault;
· Female Sex Offenders;
· Youthful Sex Offenders;
· The Role of the Internet (Paedophile Websites);
· Victims of Sexual Abuse;
· The Assessment of Sex Offenders including Psychophysiological Assessments;
· The management of sex offenders in prison including Sex Offender Treatment Programmes (SOTPs).

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Define the term sexual deviance and discuss the issues that can arise in differentiating between normal and abnormal sexual behaviour;
· Differentiate between different types of sexual offences;
· Describe the content of the Sex Offenders Act 2001;
· Demonstrate an understanding of how the legal system operates in relation to the crime of rape;
· Evaluate the effectiveness at least two sex offender treatment programmes;
· Integrate current research and thinking on the issue of young people who sexually abuse;
· Evaluate the role that the internet can play in supporting sexual offending;
· Discuss life after sexual violence;
· Discuss the challenges faced by the police in the investigation of sexual crimes.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1x 3,000 word assignment (excluding references) 100 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2057 Policing Modern Society

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology; Steven Robinson, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To understand the nature of the police force and other forms of policing in terms of modern society, with particular focus on policing within an Irish context

Module Content: This module will explore the main sociological roles of policing in modern society, locating them within an historical context and analysing their political and cultural circumstances. The module will also assess the key features and types of policing in our modern society.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Understand various forms of policing;
· Critically assess different policing techniques and choices within their cultural and socio-political contexts.
· Appreciate the complicated co-dependent relationship between police forces and the State.
· Locate the main theories of policing within their socio-historical context.
· Assess and evaluate key empirical and ethnographical texts within the field.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (In-class test mid-semester - 50 marks; 1 x 1500 word essay at end of semester - 50 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2058 Life-Course Criminology and Desistance

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology, Barry Owen.

Module Objective: To introduce the concept of Disistance and it's importance for Life-Course Criminology

Module Content: Introduction to offending over the life course and desistance - theories and research. Early formation - the family as precursor? Onset and maintenance in adolescence. The role of place and community in offending. Understanding recidivism. The impact of imprisonment - living with conviction. Pathways to desistance. Models of desistance.
Desistance and the Criminal Justice System. Influencing the life-course: models of intervention. Forms of intervention in Ireland

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the theories and research methods that make up LifeCourse Criminology (LCC) and Desistance Studies
· Understand pathways to offending
· Appreciate processes of individual change
· Describe forms of intervention
· Assess the varieties of intervention in Ireland
· Envisage the policy and operational challenges that arise from LCC and Desistance Studies.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 word essays - 50 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2059 Victims and Victimology

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology; Dr Orla Lynch, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: On completion of this module, students will have acquired a critical and in-depth analysis of key issues in understanding victimhood and the discipline of victimology.

Module Content: 1. Understanding Victimology ? the development of the study of victimisation
2. Measuring Victimisation (NCVS, BCS, ICS, Irish victim surveys; Repeat victimization)
3. Theoretical perspectives on victimology
4. The ideal victims and claims to victimhood.
5. Victims' role in the criminal justice system ? rebalancing in favour of the victim.
6. Victim offender overlap
7. In class assessment
8. The vulnerable victim (youth, mental illness, intellectual impariment)
9. Victims of Sex crimes (child victims, trafficing)
10. Victims of state and corporate crime
11. Overcoming victimisation
12. Guest speaker - Victim support organisation

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of the subject area, including established techniques of enquiry and research methodologies.
· Evaluate approaches to measuring and researching victimisation.
· Critically analyse perspectives related to the social construction of victims and victimhood.
· Compare and analyse theoretical perspectives within victimology.
· Understand the position of the victim in the criminal justice system.
· Understand issues related to victim facilitation, proneness, blaming.
· Critically evaluate the notion of vulnerable victims.
· Understand the impact of victimisation on individuals.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay - 50 marks; 1 x in-class exam - 50 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2060 Comparative Perspectives on Policing

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology, Martin Hopkins.

Module Objective: To identify and analyse the foundations of policing from a comparative perspective.

Module Content: The module offers an experiential insight into the policing of modern Ireland using a comparative analytic lens to explore the problems and issues in policing modern western democracies.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify key concepts and movements within modern policing through the conceptual lens of sociology.
· Appreciate the cultural and socio-political dynamics specific to policing in the Irish context.
· Evaluate the relevance of sociological concepts for modern policing problems.
· Compare and contrast policing approaches across jurisdictions.
· Understand the historical narratives and micro-dynamic contexts of contemporary policing concepts globally.
· Recognise the impact of criminological theory on the application, collation and analysis of crime statistics.
· Explore and question the relationship between police tactics, crime, deviance and social control.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 500 word topic papers (2 x 20 marks); 1 x 1,500 word essay (50 marks); Attendance 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2061 Terrorism and Political Violence

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology; Dr Orla Lynch, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: On completion of this module, students will have acquired:
- an understanding and mastery of theories for analysing terrorism and political violence.
- skills to critically analyse conceptions of terrorism internationally
- knowledge of how terrorism at an individual and group level can be conceptualized, how it might be managed, and how effective counter-terrorism strategies can be conceptualized, developed, and evaluated

Module Content: 1. Thinking about Terrorism; definitions, history and the international system.
2. Theoretical perspectives on terrorism 1 (Wave Theory, Relative Deprivation, Psychopathy, individual differences)
3. Theoretical perspectives on terrorism 2 (Grievance theory, Group dynamics, Lone Wolf, Radicalisation)
4. Theroetical Perspectives on terrorism 3 (Radicalisation, Horgan's Process Model)
5. Intergroup conflict
6. Sub-state Terrorism
7. State Terrorism
8. In class exam
9. Counter terrorism
10. Terrorism and Crime
11. Case Study - Al Qaeda
12. Case study - Northern Ireland

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss with, and explain to, others what terrorism is, what it is not and distinguish between different types of terrorism;
· Understand the historical development of the concept and its changing meanings over time;
· Appreciate how and why terrorism as a form of political activity has the potential to significantly impact existing systems.
· Understanding the power of ideas, especially religious or ideological, in determining certain courses of political action;
· Become acquainted with legal and extra-legal measures to suppress terrorism
· Be able to understand the nexus of terrorism in terms of its relationship with both crime and domestic and international conflict;
· Perceive the importance of propaganda for terrorist movements; Understand the internal dynamics of different types of terrorist movements and their links to the outside world

· Understanding the notion of moral panic in relation to terrorism.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 90 min(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 90 min(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2016. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2062 Education in Prisons

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology, Kevin Warner.

Module Objective: To gain a broad understanding of the theoretical, policy and practical issues that arise in the provision of learning opportunities for people held in prison, both in Ireland and internationally.

Module Content: 1. The development of educational opportunities within prisons, in the context of the development of prisons, in Europe and North America.
2. Adult education traditions in the wider community (e.g. Freire, Brookfield, Mezirow; Council of Europe and EU).
3. Contrasting penal policy, including 'penal-welfarism' and 'the culture of control', and approaches in Anglophone and Nordic countries, and in the Council of Europe. The implications of these various approaches for services to people in prison, in particular education.
4. An outline of penal policy in Ireland in recent decades, and the development of prison education within that context.
5. European thinking and practice in prison education (EPEA, Bergen University research, Costelloe/Warner).
6. Educational provision within prisons and post-release, in Ireland and beyond. Prisoners' experiences of prison and of learning within prison. Research on education in prisons, in particular in relation to benefits.
7. North American experience of 'correctional education', in the context of wider penal policy (Eggleston, Gehring, Wright, Duguid, Stern).

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Assess the main concepts of adult education;
· Describe the structure and content of prison education in Ireland and some other countries;
· Appreciate the problems inherent in seeking to provide education in prison settings;
· Understand trends in overall penal policy and practice, and in policy in relation to prison education;
· (5) Demonstrate insight into how people experience imprisonment, their experience of learning in prison, and their experience of attempting to continue learning beyond prison.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 word essays, 50 marks each.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2063 Anthropology and Social Control

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr James Cuffe, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Mr James Cuffe, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to anthropological work on social control.

Module Content: Anthropological studies and theories of the relationships between law, social control, anti-social behaviour, cultural norms and practices; case-studies of European and non-European social systems; critical anthropological debates on normative phenomena.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Understand issues and concerns raised by the `imposition of law?, and how the law is manifested, mobilised and deployed in different cultural settings.
· Appreciate how experience, meaning and categories under social order are construed.
· Describe and assess systems of social control, and the factors shaping the relationship between law, authority and society.
· Identify and critically analyze important issues concerning a wide range of social problems and conflicts and be able to recognise shared representations and aspirations in experience.
· Be able to make informed arguments and justify them both orally and in writing using a range of sources.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word essay - 60 marks; Group presentation - 30 marks; Attendance - 10 marks.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC2064 Gender and Crime

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To describe, explicate and illustrate theories of the role of gender in causing, defining and dealing with crime and social deviance.

Module Content: Using contemporary understandings of gender, the module will address both the causes and the regulation of crime and social deviance - in terms of the role of gender in determining their form and content, compared to other social divisions and looking at different periods of history and social development.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Understand the main theories of the role of gender in determining both the form and content of crime and social deviance;
· Appreciate the relationships between gender and the regimes and forms of social regulation of crime and social deviance;
· Compare gender with other forms of social division in the determination of crime and its regulation;
· Locate gendered forms of crime and regulation within particular historical periods or within particular cultures;
· Assess different forms of gender theory in relation to feminism and other relevant social theory.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 word essays - 50 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC3001 Social Theory II

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6 (-).

Pre-requisite(s): SC2001

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology; Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology; Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology; Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To provide an overview of contemporary social theory with a view to clarifying the principles of theory construction.

Module Content: This module provides a general yet contextually sensitive overview of post-war and especially 20th Century social theory from a variety of points of view. The major theoretical traditions are covered in a way that allows the student to develop an understanding both of leading authors and of basic concepts and theoretical models.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Learning Outcomes
· On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Give a historical overview of the development of social theory in relation to its changing socio-historical context between the mid-20th century and the present.
· Outline what social theory is, and identify the major contemporary directions and the figures representing them.
· Compare and contrast the contributions of at least two major contemporary social theorists.
· Outline and critically evaluate the contribution of a major contemporary social theorist.
· Present and analyse the basic contemporary social theoretical concepts and models.
· Identify the range of options available for the construction of social theory, and demonstrate a justified choice of position.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1500 word essays - 50 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (As prescribed by the Department).

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SC3003 Sociology of Development and Globalization

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 70.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To introduce the current state of theory in the Sociology of Development and to illustrate how Globalization has transformed understandings of development.

Module Content: The course beings with a historical overview of the concept of globalisation. The second section examines the roots of the development project and the major schools of development theory. The third part of the course reviews various theories of globalisation and explores how these frameworks have altered development theory. The final section of the course examines responses to globalization and reviews case studies illustrating the impact of globalization on development projects.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· List, describe and outline the main ideas and arguments of each of the theories presented in the course;
· Summarize, discuss and compare the theories and case studies presented in the course;
· Critically evaluate the relevance of sociological concepts, theoretical insights and research data for the analysis of global inequality in economic, political and cultural forms;
· Draw on their experiential knowledge and on theoretical and empirical knowledge in the synthesis of new understandings of contemporary globalization and development issues.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC3004 The Sociology of Community

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 60.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology; Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To understand community as social system, as concept, as ideology and as utopia.

Module Content: To sensitise the student to the many manifestations of community and thereby to encourage greater awareness of developments, in both sociological theory and method, which are more appropriate for handling a phenomenon such as community. The module will also explore not only the nature of community per se, but also will examine its social and political contexts.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the field of the sociology of community outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
· Identify key sociological theories and paradigms and define key concepts and ideas in the sociology of community
· Apply sociological theories and concepts to key debates and controversies in Ireland.
· Analyse emerging forms of community using sociological concepts and theories.
· Explain the development of contemporary theories and models of community.
· Critically evaluate the idea of a decline of community in contemporary society.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1500 word essays, 50 marks each.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (As prescribed by the Department).

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SC3007 Introduction to Planning and Sustainable Development

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Mr William Brady, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: This module will introduce students to the history and the development of planning as a professional practice.

Module Content: Core principles of modern planning, planning theory, settings and contexts of planning, values and ethics, underpinning contemporary planning, corruption, crime and the Planning Tribunals.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate an understanding of issues in strategic planning
· Describe the main planning process
· Understand the dynamic influence of society, the environment and the economy
· Engage with contemporary dialogues in planning.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay (40 marks), Field visit report 1,500 words (40 marks); attendance 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward. Students failing continuous assessment in the Summer must submit alternative Continuous Assessment as prescribed by the Department.

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SC3009 Sociology of Religions and Civilisations

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To develop themes and issues in the sociological study of religion, in the framework of commparative civilisational analysis. The course will incorporate developments in related disciplines like anthropology and archaelogy.

Module Content: Understanding religion in modernity; secularisation revisited; Civilisational analysis; religion and the civilising process; the rise of new religious movements; Traditionalism and fundamentalism in contemporary religious movements, varieties of religious experiences.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· present a historical overview of the main approaches in the sociology of religion, especially the historically and anthropologically based ones;
· understand and evaluate the theories of secularisation and their problems;
· gain an understanding of the contexts in which the main world religions emerged and developed;
· gain familiarity with some of the main current issues in the sociology of religion, like fundamentalism, the practice of pilgrimage, and the nature of religious experiences;
· compare the rise and spread of Christianity and Islam.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 67 marks; Continuous Assessment 33 marks (1 x 2,000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2016.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2016. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC3012 Sociology of the Media

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To assess, from a range of perspective, the nature of mediated communication, the history, form and impact of contemporary mass media, and the inherent challenges and limits of publishing and public discourse.

Module Content: An exploration of the key sociological aspects of mass media past and present, and of the location of mass media within theories of society, political hegemony and contemporary communications.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· develop a critical but appreciative understanding of the problems of mass communications,
· develop an ability to read media discourse or output, a sound outline of the history of the mass media
· develop a solid understanding of the logistics of news production
· develop a clear view of the place of mass media within modern society.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1500 word essays (50 marks each)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (As prescribed by the Department).

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SC3016 Research Seminars and Project

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2. (Third year Research Project which must be taught in Semester 1 and Semester 2).

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): SC2002

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars; 48hr(s) Directed Study.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology; Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology; Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology; Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology; Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology; Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology; Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology; Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To provide a discursive environment enabling students carry out an extensive research project.

Module Content: Taking the form of seminars, this module focuses on a substantive research topic (e.g. the symbolic order of waste, blood and society, Northern Ireland, risk and responsibility, the media, gender and development, feminism, globalisation and the economy, subcultures, etc.). Through the discussion of theory, methodology and research, the participants are initially prepared for individual research on selected aspects of the topic. Subsequently, the emphasis shifts to the discussion of the research in progress and the presentation of research projects and research essays to the group.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Students who liaise with their supervisor and complete their Sociology Research Project are offered a wide range of opportunities to develop new competencies and transferable disciplinary skills.
· On completion of the project students should be able to:
· Describe both the subject matter and aim of the research
· Summarize and discuss the theoretical literature relevant to the substantive subject matter of the project
· Critically evaluate the methodological literature relevant to the project and clearly describe the methods utilized during the course of empirical research
· Synthesize their empirical research and theoretical knowledge in order to develop new understandings of their selected topic.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (1 x 10,000 word Research Project 255 marks, submission of literature review 30 marks, Attendance 15 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Resubmission of revised Project, as prescribed by the Department.

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SC3017 Sociology of Law: Legal Justice, Human Rights and Social Change

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology; Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: A theoretically and methodologically informed sociological clarification of law in contemporary society.

Module Content: Within the framework of the development of society from the early modern to the currently emerging global period, the module focuses on the place and role of law in the constitution and organization of social life. Law is understood in terms of a system of coercive norms and a process of constitutionalisation that both creates and protects freedoms. However, law also exists as a resource used by actors to challenge conventional readings of democracy, justice and right in a highly contested environment. This series of lectures recounts current sociological thinking on the evolving function and interpretation of law in light of debates on the ethics of contemporary war, humanitarian intervention, international tribunals and human rights violations. Attention is given to major trends and to the partially contradictory pursuit of international justice and peaceful relations amongst a community of sovereign states.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Outline the concept of law and locate it within the broader framework of society, particularly in relation to morality and politics.
· Compare and contrast different theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of law.
· Describe and analyse processes in which law dynamically interrelates with other (e.g. economic, political and cultural) factors and forces in the constitution and organization of society.
· Evaluate the positive and negative outcomes generated by the interaction between law and other factors and forces involved in societal transformation.
· Relate their own beliefs, ideas and attitudes to contemporary legal developments and their analysis.
· Design a sociological analysis of law in society.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word essay 90 marks; attendance 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Completion of one 3,000 word essay and weekly attendance.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC3018 Research Essay

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): SC2002

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology; Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology; Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology; Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology; Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology; Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology; Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology; Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To provide expert support and guidance to students in the completion of a sociology research essay.

Module Content: Taking the form of seminars, this module initially focuses on a substantive research topic (e.g. identity, Europe, migration, crime & deviance, social integration, the city, minorities, environment, politics, the media, gender, development, feminism, globalisation, the economy, etc.). Students will be required to collect and review literature relevant to the topic of their research essay. In addition to Sociology literature this will include research Reports, government statements , policy documents and similar materials.Through the discussion of theory, policy literature and research methods, participants are initially prepared for planning the layout and argument structure of a research essay on a selected topic. Subsequently, the emphasis shifts to a regular discussion of the research in progress and the presentation of arguments and research findings first in an extended essay format and finally, in a seminar setting.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· show competencies in research essay writing, as well as transferable disciplinary skills.
· describe both the subject matter and aim of the research
· summarize, discuss and critically evaluate the literature relevant to the topic of the research essay and clearly describe the methods utilized over the course of empirical research
· synthesize their research and theoretical knowledge in order to develop new understandings of their selected topic and present such findings in structured essay format.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 5,000 word Research Essay 70 marks; Submission of a literature review 20 marks; Attendance 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC3019 Dissertation on Criminology: research design

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): SC2021 or SC2024

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 6 x 1hr(s) Directed Study (or supervision); 6 x 1hr(s) Seminars (directed groupwork).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Psychology; Staff, Department of Sociology; Staff, School of Applied Social Studies; Staff, Faculty of Law.

Module Objective: To prepare a research design for a summative literature review or piece of research on a criminological topic of the student's own choice.

Module Content: Drawing on meetings with the dissertation supervisor, the student will develop a research proposal for that dissertation. That research proposal could be the design of an empirical research project or the design and specification of a literature review and library search.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· describe the purpose, scope, key questions, core concepts, sources and methods of the proposed research;
· formulate a research question within criminology, showing an awarerness of the existing literature and the state of knowledge in that area;
· demonstrate an ability to work independently and to access information;
· attend regular meetings with a supervisor prepared to discuss the proposed reseearch;
· express the essence of their research proposal within a working group;
· synthesise their work with the sub-field of enquiry and thus distinguish the meaning and value of their own contribution.
· write up a detailed research proposal in a clear and precise format.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000-word dissertation proposal).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Resubmission of revised project as presscibed by the department.

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SC3020 Citizenship and Global Community

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2. (This module, SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, is available both in Semester 1 and Semester 2).

No. of Students: Min 10 (per Seminar).

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars (for students taking the module in semester 1); 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars (for students taking the module in semester 2).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: This module focuses on the political, social, cultural, ecological and economic systems that define the global community.

Module Content: This module (SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS) explores the processes and experiences by and through which people are transformed into citizens and members of global communities. The module is organized around a theoretical paradigm that explains transformative experiences in terms of their being structured as rites de passage. These transformative rites of passage range, for example, from large scale historical transformations, such as the manifold structured experiences through which people from traditional rural communities were transformed into citizens of modern society throughout the 19th & 20th century; the experiences of emigrants and immigrants as they are dis-embedded from their normative contexts and become members of diasporas and citizens of a New World; to the more mundane and personal experiences of transitioning from school to University and international 'study abroad' experience.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Utilize a basic knowledge of concepts from anthropology and sociology to understand & interpret the transformation of persons into citizens of global communities.
· Examine critically what it means to be constituted as a citizen / subject in a global community.
· Appreciate a culture other than one?s own.
· Use information resources for critical research and inquiry into course themes and concepts.
· Use evidence to develop and evaluate positions regarding other topics covered in the seminar.
· Offer plausible interpretations and express informed opinions about topics covered in the seminar and communicate well in written and oral form.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Written assignment - 50 marks; Attendance and participation - 25 marks; In-class presentation - 25 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the department; marks for attendance and in-class presentation are carried forward).

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SC3023 Sociology of Health and Illness: New Directions and Current Debates

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To provide students with a thorough grounding in contemporary sociological debates on the collective mental health of communities, as well as classical sociological explorations of encounters with suffering, memory, trauma, alienation, violence and denial. To connect these sociological debates to some of the more pressing concerns of contemporary societies, including collective efforts to come to terms with war, global climate change, the threat of terrorism, widespread famine and human suffering.

Module Content: This course examines those aspects of health associated with the psycho social and emotional well being of communities. In particular, it will explore various collective strategies adopted to selectively know and understand inhumane conduct and consider how publics morally disengage from acts of extreme violence and rationalize inhumane conduct, especially during periods of war or social unrest. It further assesses how societies adopt collective strategies of 'unknowing' violence (i.e., 'doing denial'), that is, devises ways of looking at the social world without seeing it, or listening without hearing its distress cries. It asks if social and political under-reactions to widespread evidence of violence, hunger, poverty, or ecological destruction today offer us any insights into the relationship between knowledge of suffering (its production and dissemination), social relations among humans, and propensity to act? Using classical Marxist and Weberian analysis, it will explore how social and affective identification with fellow humanity is routinely blocked. It will also assess the role of narrative in establishing the acceptability and coherence of certain violent realities today (e.g., those associated with escalating climate destruction, terrorism, poverty, and war).

The second part of this course considers occasions when societies choose to engage with traumatic memories of violence. It asks what are the triggering mechanisms forcing publics out of a state of denial in this instance? What social, political and cultural factors awaken societies to histories of abuse and accept perpetrator guilt, thereby precipitating a publicly staged 'coming to terms' with issues of responsibility?

Topics: collective trauma, denial, societal guilt, inhumanities, the by-stander society, alienation, societal learning.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate the following sociological cognitive competencies: Knowledge; Comprehension; Application; Analysis; Synthesis; Evaluation.
· Specifically, students should be able to: Describe the field of the sociology of health and illness, outline its relevance to understanding how societies deal with the question of collective guilt, collective trauma, an come to terms with the question of responsibility and learn from a violent past.
· Identify major sociological theories and paradigms that offer key concepts and ideas for understanding how societies respond to trauma, deny the relevance of some peoples' suffering and justify the ongoing use of violence.
· Apply sociological theories and concepts to specific areas of interest and relate particular problems and issues to the field of health and illness.
· Analyze aspects of modern society that relate to issues of health and illustrate them in terms of sociological theories and concepts.
· Criticize aspects of contemporary society as they pertain to health and illness and evaluate issues and debates.
· Identify and define key concepts and ideas in the field of sociology of health. Apply sociological concepts and relate them to particular health-related problems and ongoing issues. Use sociological concepts to analyse and explain health-related aspects of modern society.
· Critically appraise the strengths and weaknesses of traditional thinking on the topics looked at in the module. Explain why and how societies register, explain and justify violent behavior.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks ( 1 x 3,000 word essay 90 marks, Attendance and participation 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC3025 Health and Scientific Deviance

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Myles Balfe, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Myles Balfe, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to key examples of health-related and scientific deviance; and to understand why health-related and scientific deviance occurs.

Module Content: This module will provide an overview of health-related and scientific deviance, explore key examples of this type of deviance and investigate why it occurs. The module will examine in detail the corruption of public health under the Nazi regime during World War 2. Additional topics will examine: healthcare professionals and torture; deviant human experimentation; the use of science and public health knowledge to facilitate apocalyptic terrorism; forbidden data; corruption and whistle-blowing in healthcare organisations; and fraud and deception in research.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explain what health-related and scientific deviance is.
· Identify and define key sociological concepts and ideas that can explain health-related and scientific deviance.
· Apply these concepts to new deviance related problems, issues and phenomena.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC3029 Sociology of the Environment

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 85.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology; Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To trace the social, historical and cultural bases of environmental concern and the development of the institutional framework for environmental protection in Ireland.

Module Content: An examination of the evolution of environmental concern in Ireland in a comparative sociological perspective. This module looks at the formation of voluntary organisations, the construction of a state apparatus for environmental protection and the key changes in environmental concern up to the 1980s. Specific attention will be given to recent developments in social theory regarding the relationship between culture and nature. In particular, the module will explore the basis of environmental controversy in Ireland, in the context of broader changes in attitudes towards nature.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the field of the Sociology of the Environment, outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
· Identify key sociological theories and paradigms and define key concepts and ideas in the sociology of the environment
· Apply sociological theories and concepts to key debates and controversies in Ireland and the EU more generally.
· Analyse specific controversies, problems and issues using sociological concepts and theories.
· Explain the social and political institutionalisation of environmental discourse in Ireland.
· Evaluate the social dimensions of contemporary environmental issues.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks (1 X 1500 word Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2016.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2016. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (As prescribed by the Department).

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SC3036 Living Spaces: Social Construction of Habitat

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 10 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 2hr(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology; Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: Through substantive sociological and social policy analysis the module will focus on historical, contemporary and emerging practices of architecture, housing, consumption and home-making.

Module Content: Historical and contemporary housing models will be examined using sociological and social policy paradigms to explore the relationship between the built environment and social order and reproduction. In particular it will examine social constructs such as: Social architecture, planning and models of the good society; Home ownership, membership and social exclusion; The subject of private household/the object of public housing; The citizen-consumer/the welfare client; the good neighbourhood the dangerous ghetto; Domestic bliss/ delinquency and the broken home; The house as commodity fetish and the consuming practices of home-making; Sustainable living spaces for the future.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate the following sociological cognitive competencies: Knowledge; Comprehension; Application; Analysis; Synthesis; Evaluation.
· Specifically, students should be able to:
· Describe the field of living spaces, housing & habitat, outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
· Identify major sociological theories and paradigms and define key concepts and ideas in the discourse of living spaces, housing and habitat .
· Apply sociological theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and phenomena in the field of living spaces.
· Analyze aspects of living spaces, housing & habitat and illustrate them in terms of sociological theories and concepts.
· Explain phenomena and formulate particular problems pertaining to the field of living spaces, housing & habitat in terms of general sociological theories.
· Criticize aspects of contemporary living spaces, housing & habitat and evaluate issues and debates.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1500 word assignments, 40 marks each, Attendance 20).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% Students must pass both in-class assignments, participate in the field trips and have a minimum of 75% recorded attendance.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC3037 Dissertation on Criminology

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): SC2021 or SC2024, and SC3019

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 48 x 1hr(s) Other (Independent research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Psychology; Staff, Department of Sociology; Staff, School of Applied Social Studies; Staff, Faculty of Law.

Module Objective: To complete a summative literature review or piece of research on a criminological topic of the student's own choice.

Module Content: A supervised and substantial literature review and/or a small piece of empirical research on a criminological topic of the student's choice.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· describe the purpose, scope and limits, questions, concepts, questions, sources, methods and main conclusions of the research;
· demonstrate an ability to work independently and to access information;
· summarize and critically evaluate the literature reviewed; or if doing empirical research, to detail the limits and effectiveness of the research;
· synthesise their work with the sub-field of enquiry and thus distinguish the meaning and value of their own contribution;
· learn how to draw upon assistance from others in the construction, design and execution of a research project;
· write a report on a substantial piece of independent research or enquiry;
· use the various facilities of a research library and know how to find the sources usually needed in the construction of criminological knowledge.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 8,000-10,000-word dissertation).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Resubmission of revised project as presscibed by the department.

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SC3039 Philosophy of Social Science

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6 (-).

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To introduce the student to the philosophy of social science.

Module Content: Historical introduction to the different epistemological-methodological traditions in social science, an exploration of both historical and contemporary methodological disputes and problems. Among the traditions to be reviewed are the positivist, pragmatist, interpretative, critical, functionalist, structuralist and feminist directions. Such methodological discussions as the explanation-understanding controversy, the positivist dispute and both the current feminist epistemology and constructivism-realism debates are covered. As regards methodological problems, the module focuses on the development of methodological frameworks through which social theory is made serviceable for social research purposes.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Give a historical overview of the development of the philosophy of social science.
· Outline what the philosophy of social science is, and identify the key concepts of the field.
· Outline the major controversies in the philosophy of social science, and analyse the issue(s) at stake therein.
· Outline and evaluate the contribution of a major philosopher of social science.
· Compare and contrast the basic methodological paradigms in the social sciences.
· Outline and critically evaluate at least two of leading contemporary philosophies of social science.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC3046 Family, Gender, Sexualities

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology; Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To examine specific aspects of family, gender and sexualities in relation to social research and theory.

Module Content: Family life, gender relations and sexual orientations have been significant sites of concern, activism and contestation over recent decades. For some, a greater diversity of family forms, changing relations between women and men and an increased tolerance of minority sexual orientations have been signs of socio-cultural enlightenment. For others, the decline of the family, the erosion of traditional gender roles and sexual permissiveness have been at the forefront of a more general unravelling of socio-cultural order. The course places these differing perspectives in a sociological context as the nature and scope of changes to family life, gender relations, intimacy and attitudes to sexuality are examined and theorised from a social and cultural perspective.
This course is taught as a seminar, with student participation incorporated. Students taking this course are expected to read an identified journal article or book excerpt each week.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Students who take this course should be able to:
· Examine specific aspects of family, gender and sexualities in relation to sociological research and social theory.
· Critically analyse theoretical approaches to the family, gender and sexualities
· Identify social trends and processes in the arena of family, gender and sexualities
· Evaluate the changes occurring in the sociology of personal life.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the department.).

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SC3051 Sociology of Evil

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology; Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To explore the philosophical, sociological, political, psychological and religious basis for the concept of evil and assess its utility in understanding serious crime

Module Content: The place of the concept of evil in the history of religious thought and social theory; analysis of evil in the work of Nietzsche, Foucault, and Baudrillard; the sociology of genocide; ideas of evil within contemporary criminology; fictional accounts and myths in the detection of evil criminals; modern psychiatry and systems of risk assessment with serious offenders.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Understand how and why the concept of evil arises;
· Locate the concept within important philosophical and social-theoretical systems;
· Contrast and assess theories of evil within different disciplines, cultures and historical periods;
· Assess theories of evil in terms of their different disciplines, cultures and historical periods;
· Analyze the social conditions and psychological states precipitating such crimes as genocides, multiple rape and serial killing;
· Demonstrate a basic familiarity with modern assessments of risk and concepts of dangerousness.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (2 x 2,000 word essays, 100 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Course Coordinator).

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SC3055 Research Project 2

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2. (Third year Research Project which must be taught in Semester 1 and Semester 2).

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): SC2002

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars; 48hr(s) Directed Study.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology; Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology; Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology; Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology; Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology; Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology; Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology; Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To provide a discursive environment enabling students carry out an extensive research project.

Module Content: Taking the form of seminars, this module focuses on a substantive research topic (e.g. the symbolic order of waste, blood and society, Northern Ireland, risk and responsibility, the media, gender and development, feminism, globalisation and the economy, subcultures, etc.). Through the discussion of theory, methodology and research, the participants are initially prepared for individual research on selected aspects of the topic. Subsequently, the emphasis shifts to the discussion of the research in progress and the presentation of research projects and research essays to the group.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Students who liaise with their supervisor and complete their Sociology Research Project are offered a wide range of opportunities to develop new competencies and transferable disciplinary skills.
· On completion of the project students should be able to:
· Describe both the subject matter and aim of the research
· Summarize and discuss the theoretical literature relevant to the substantive subject matter of the project
· Critically evaluate the methodological literature relevant to the project and clearly describe the methods utilized during the course of empirical research
· Synthesize their empirical research and theoretical knowledge in order to develop new understandings of their selected topic.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (1 x 10,000 word Research Project 255 marks - submission of a literature review 30 marks- Attendance 15 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Resubmission of revised Project, as prescribed by the Department.

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SC4001 Sociology of Health: Contemporary Debates and Holistic Healthcare for the 21st Century

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 200.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Other (24hrs Lectures/Group Work/Tutorials/Seminars).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: Module Objective: This course is designed as a discursive and interactive forum to provide a wide variety of learning opportunities and to facilitate the acquisition of a range of competencies and flexible disciplinary skills.

Module Content: Current debates: Sociology in Healthcare / Sociology of Healthcare.
Sociological Theory and Nursing practice: Issues of power, knowledge and discourse, the social process of knowledge production, communication and the media. Biomedical, Complementary and Alternative Models of Healthcare. Nursing professionalisation and the production of new nursing knowledge. Iatrogenic illness: the case of 'Medicines out of Control. Bureaucracy in healthcare, a barrier to organisational change. Lay-professional and Inter-Professional interaction in Healthcare. Changing models of healthcare, co-cultural and multicultural approaches. Understanding the process of transformation and change in healthcare. A case study approach will be used throughout in an analysis of Current Debates / biomedical solutions and alternatives.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Outline and summarise the concepts of thinking sociologically and engaging the sociological imagination
· Outline the main ideas and arguments of each of the theorists presented in the course
· Compare and contrast theoretical perspectives presented
· Critique and evaluate the relevance of sociological concepts, theoretical insights and research data for analysis of contemporary healthcare issues.
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Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (Attendance 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment. To meet professional requirements attendance at lectures, tutorials, seminars etc. will be monitored.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 50%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2016.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) (and the mark for attendance is carried forward) to be taken in Autumn 2016.

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SC6001 Economy and Society Summer School

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 45.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Seminars; 6 x 1hr(s) Workshops; 40hr(s) Directed Study.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology, Guest professors; Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology; Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To enhance doctoral education through a Summer School delivered with staff at Waterford Institute of Technology and guest professors designed to expose doctoral students across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to classical and contemporary debates and theories on economy & society.

Module Content: The content will vary from year to year. The Department of Sociology will provide oversight to ensure that the content, level and assessment are appropriate. The Summer School will reflect classical and contemporary scholarship in theoretical paradigms, interpretive frameworks, methodologies and epistemologies that underpin areas of substantive inquiry on economy and society in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the field of inquiry represented in the Summer School, outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
· Identify major theories and paradigms employed and define key concepts and ideas.
· Apply theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and phenomena addressed in the student's own research.
· Analyze aspects of the student's own field of inquiry and illustrate them in terms of theories and concepts presented in the Summer School
· Explain phenomena and formulate particular research problems in terms of general theories presented in Summer School.
· Criticize topics and evaluate issues and debates in terms of paradigms & theories presented in the Summer School.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Attendance and Participation 60 marks; 1x 2500 words reflective learning journal 40 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Participation and completion of asignment as above.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC6002 Economy and Society Summer School - 2

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 45.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Seminars; 6 x 1hr(s) Workshops; 40hr(s) Directed Study; 100hr(s) Other (self directed research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology, Guest Professors; Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology; Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To enhance doctoral education through a Summer School delivered with staff at Waterford Institute of Technology and guest professors designed to expose doctoral students across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to classical and contemporary debates and theories on economy & society.

Module Content: The content will vary from year to year. The Department of Sociology will provide oversight to ensure that the content, level and assessment are appropriate. The Summer School will reflect classical and contemporary scholarship in theoretical paradigms, interpretive frameworks, methodologies and epistemologies that underpin areas of substantive inquiry on economy and society in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the field of inquiry represented in the Summer School, outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
· Identify major theories and paradigms employed and define key concepts and ideas.
· Apply theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and phenomena addressed in the student's own research.
· Analyze aspects of the student's own field of inquiry and illustrate them in terms of theories and concepts presented in the Summer School
· Explain phenomena and formulate particular research problems in terms of general theories presented in Summer School.
· Criticize topics and evaluate issues and debates in terms of paradigms & theories presented in the Summer School.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks ( 1 x 2500 words reflective learning journal 40 marks; attendance and participation 60 marks; 1 x 5000 words seminar paper 100 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Participation and completion of asignment as above.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC6601 Sociology of Crime and Deviance

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars (plus 220 hours of recommended reading, independent research and self-directed learning).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To enable and stimulate students to understand the main models of sociological explanation of crime and deviance in the world today. This module will explicate the key theories of crime and deviance, illustrate them with the types of empirical study they generate, and outline their main weaknesses.

Module Content: The module will therefore deal with the following explanatory concepts and fields: economic division, class and exploitation, normative dislocation or cultural breakdown, subcultural or gang formation, stigmatization problems or excessive labelling, deviancy amplification, social conflict analysis, professional practice or institutionalized bias, ideology and the state, masculinity and gender difference, globalization and underdevelopment and environmental dimensions of crime.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Understand the main theories of crime and social deviance;
· Explain the differences between them and their main weakensses
· Demonstrate knowledge of some major empirical studies in this field and the main research methodologies;
· Show a basic grasp of the kinds of social policy relevent to the field.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (2 x Essays 3000 to 4000 words (150 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Attendance at seminars.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (submit alternative essay, as prescribed by the Department).

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SC6602 Rethinking Borders: Global Challenges to Social Justice

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To present a sociological account of the nature of borders and their political, social, cultural and ethical consequences.

Module Content: Even in this era of global expansion, borders remain important forms of societal organization of social practice, identities and affiliations. In more recent years, notable restrictions have been placed on borders due to issues of security, terrorist attack mass migration and disease prevention. To cross borders today (cultural, political, ethnic, religious, and geographical) over and beyond the simple entry to and exit from the political category known as the state, is therefore a complex affair. It is at the extremities of such borders (frontiers) that the limits to democracy and human rights commitments are rigorously tested.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate the acquisition of a body of knowledge directly related to the concept of borders;
· Evaluate the relationship between borders, politics, law, and social change;
· Explore linkages between borders, justice, human rights, and social development;
· Identify, devise and apply appropriate theoretical and methodologucal means for a sociological analysis of borders and social justice.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (1x 5000 - 6000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (1x 5,000 - 6,000word essay to be submitted by the third Friday in August).

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SC6603 Social Pathology and Civic Health

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To develop a sociological understanding and critical interpretation of social pathology and civic health in contemporary society.

Module Content: The module will outline, analyse and critically interpret the pattern of contemporary illnesses, ( e.g. suicide and deliberate self-harm; depression, anxiety and affective disorders; eating disorders, substance abuse; chronic fatigue syndrome, etc) that have a sociological profile, one that transcends the particularity of their symptomology and their discrete etiologies. These diseases are symptoms of social and cultural pathologies, and disorders of the collective esprit de corps of contemporary society manifest in crime, deviance, and social disorder, and at the level of individual patients' bodies. These social pathologies arise from individual and collective experiences of profound and drastic social changes and cultural shifts.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· demonstrate the following cognitive competencies with respect to the materials covered: Knowledge; Comprehension; Application; Analysis; Synthesis; Evaluation.
Specifically, students should be able to:

· Describe the field of inquiry outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
· Identify major sociological theories and paradigms employed and define key concepts and ideas.
· Apply sociological theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and phenomena addressed in the seminar.
· Analyze aspects of the seminar?s field of inquiry and illustrate them in terms of sociological theories and concepts.
· Explain phenomena and formulate particular problems covered by the seminar in terms of general sociological theories.
· Criticize topics and issues covered in the seminar and evaluate issues and debates.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (1 x seminar paper (5,000 - 6,000 words) due in mid-January).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC6606 Dissertation on Criminology

Credit Weighting: 30

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Other (Individual Supervision); 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures (On research methodology).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology; Staff, School of Applied Social Studies; Staff, Department of Law.

Module Objective: To complete a research-based dissertation on an issue or topic in criminology.

Module Content: At the beginning of the summer semester, students will be asked to finalise an area of research and define a topic for a dissertation. The MA Coordinator will then finalise the allocation of supervisors. Students will then consult with staff on a regular basis to develop their project. In May, staff will deliver a research methodology and dissertation writing course. After that, in contact with their supervisors, students will proceed to research and write their dissertations to a September deadline.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· describe both the subject matter and aim of the research
· summarize and assess the theoretical literature relevant to the substantive subject matter of the project
· critically evaluate the methodological literature relevant to the project and clearly describe the methods utilized during the course of empirical research
· Synthesize their research enquiries, theoretical assessments and knowledge of the literature in order to develop new and deeper understandings of their selected topic.

Assessment: Total Marks 600: Continuous Assessment 600 marks (Dissertation 15,000 - 20,000 words).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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SC6607 Victimology

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars (plus 140 hours of recommended reading, independent research and self-directed learning).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology, Dr. Orla Lynch.

Module Objective: · Understand and critique contemporary issues in victimology
· Developed nuanced and well-substantiated insights into victimological theory.
· Understand how interdisciplinary knowledge contributes to understanding issues in victimology.
· Be able to contextualise national and international issues around victimization.

Module Content: 1. Introduction to history and overview of victimology
2. The social reaction to victims of crime; victim labeling, gender expectations, social norms.
3. Victims and the Court System
4. Psychological perspectives on the aftermath of crime
5. Victims in recent cultural/sociological theories
6. Disasters and Victimisation
7. Victims of International Crimes; trafficking and internet
8. Victims of Terrorism and Political Violence
9. Victims of State Abuses
10. Victimisation of vulnerable groups ? minorities, children, gender issues.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explain what victimology is, how it emerged and key theoretical positions;
· Understand how victimological research allows the creation of programmes to assist victims;
· Understand the current strengths and limitations of victimological research;
· Situate victimological reseach within broader criminological theory;
· Understand the implications of victimisation for victims;
· Critique the role of the victim in the criminal justice system;
· Assess best practice recommendations in addressing victims? need in incidences of national and international crime;
· Have insights into the complex reality of victimization during armed conflicts.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (1 x 5,000 word essay - 90%, participatiion in in-class debate - 10%).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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SC6608 Social and Sociological Theory

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars (plus self directed learning).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: Presentation and analysis of issues in contemporary social theory with the aim of increasing theoretical knowledge and refining application skills.

Module Content: This module is devoted to a presentation and analysis of social theory on five distinct levels. First, the development of social theory is reconstructed with an emphasis on its transformation since the 1960s. Second, basic issues in contemporary social theory are explored with reference to modernity and its problems. Third, the implications of the feminist critique of social theory are clarified. Fourth, the normative dimension of social theory is linked to social learning. Finally, various methods of theorization are explored

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the field of social theory, outlining its historical development, scope and central problems.
· Distinguish major theoretical paradigms and theories and define key ideas and concepts
· Analyse theories and concepts and relate them to particular fields, phenomena and issues.
· Evaluate issues and debates and criticise theoretical approaches and positions relative to them.
· Formulate a theoretical approach to particular phenomena and hypothesise an explanation for them.
· Analyse the student's own field of inquiry and outline an appropriate theoretical framework.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x Essay (5,000 - 6,000 words), due in mid January).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC6611 Sociology of Crime and Deviance

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars (plus 140 hours of recommended reading, independent research and self-directed learning).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To enable and stimulate students to understand the main models of sociological explanation of crime and deviance in the world today. This module will explicate the key theories of crime and deviance, illustrate them with the types of empirical study they generate, and outline their main weaknesses.

Module Content: The module will therefore deal with the following explanatory concepts and fields: economic division, class and exploitation, normative dislocation or cultural breakdown, subcultural or gang formation, stigmatization problems or excessive labelling, deviancy amplification, social conflict analysis, professional practice or institutionalized bias, ideology and the state, masculinity and gender difference, globalization and underdevelopment and environmental dimensions of crime.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Understand the main theories of crime and social deviance;
· Explain the differences between them and their main weakensses
· Demonstrate knowledge of some major empirical studies in this field and the main research methodologies;
· Show a basic grasp of the kinds of social policy relevent to the field.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x Essay 5000 to 6000 words).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Attendance at seminars.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (submit alternative essay, as prescribed by the Department).

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SC6614 Sociological Methodology

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars (plus self directed learning).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: Presentation and analysis of issues in contemporary sociological methodology with the aim of increasing methodological knowledge, method selection and research design.

Module Content: This module is devoted to a presentation and analysis of sociological methodology on five distinct levels. First, a range of approaches to sociological methodology is outlined. Second, basic issues in contemporary methodologies in and across these approaches are explored. Third, the implications of 'post-methodological' approaches to social research are clarified. Fourth, the implications for research practice of various methodologies are outlined. Finally, the research design cycle from theoretical formulation through methodological and method selection to analysis is outlined.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the field of research methodology, outlining its historical development, scope and central problems.

· Distinguish major methodological paradigms and relate them to theory traditions.

· Situate a methodological approach within the overall context of their dissertations.

· Evaluate issues and debates and criticise methodological approaches and positions relative to them.

· Outline the research design cycle
· Analyse the student?s own field of inquiry and outline an appropriate theoretical and methodological framework for their research.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x Essay (5000 - 6000 words) due in April ).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC6615 Dissertation in Sociology

Credit Weighting: 40

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To provide a discursive environment enabling the student to carry out an extensive disseration

Module Content: At the beginning of term students will be asked to choose an area and indicate a topic for a dissertation. On this basis they will be consulted and assigned to a member of staff who will act as their supervisor.
Students will be expected to meet with their supervisor on a regular basis (either in tutorial or on a one-to-one level) to plan, research and write their module work. Students are advised to discuss their proposals with potential supervisors.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· To undertake a research project and to complete a research dissertation.

Assessment: Total Marks 800: Continuous Assessment 800 marks (Dissertation (20,000 - 25,000 words).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Where the work described does not meet the required standard, the Examination Board on the recommendation of the Department of Sociology, may decide to permit the student to make minor corrections to achieve the pass standard (40%) for the Dissertation within six weeks of the publication of examination results. Where the work described does not meet the Masters standard, and additional research or a new project entirely is required, or the candidate fails to meet the pass standard with the required revisions within the period specified, a candidate will have ONE CHANCE to repeat the Dissertation module in the subsequent year.

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SC6623 Globalisation and Culture

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 3 x 1day(s) Seminars; 1 x 1day(s) Workshops (student symposium).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: The refinement of theoretical and methodological competences and skills in a discursive context substantively focusing on the relationship between globalisation and culture

Module Content: Theoretical perspectives within Sociology and Cultural Studies are utilized to explore how cultural changes linked to globalisation have impacted on the relationship between transnational institutions, states, regions, ethnic groups and local communities. A second focus of the course is to examine the role of communication technologies and the mass media in creating new forms of hybridity in a global cultural context.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe and analyse the process of globalisation, particularly in terms of its relationship to local, national and global cultures.


· Compare and contrast different factors and forces operative within globalisation, and analyse their dynamic interaction.


· Describe and analyse problems and challenges which relate to recent cultural transformations in terms of their relationship to on-going processes of globalisation.


· Evaluate the positive and negative outcomes generated by the interrelation of different factors and forces which link globalisation to cultural change.


· Relate their own beliefs, ideas and attitudes to changes in the global economic, political and cultural context.


· Identify and devise appropriate theoretical and methodological means for sociological analysis of globalisation and culture


· Design and execute a sociological analysis of globalisation in relation to cultural change in contemporary Irish society.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (I x Essay (5,000 - 6,000 words) due in mid January).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC6624 Civilisation and Globalisation: The Rise and Dynamics of the Modern World in the Context of Civilisational Analysis

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 3 x 1day(s) Seminars; 1 x 1day(s) Workshops (student symposium).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To develop a comprehensive sociological understanding of the phenomenon of globalisation in the context of comparative historical civilisational analysis.

Module Content: The course provides a guide for understanding the processes that gave rise to the modern global world and still define its dynamics today. It will reconstruct the internal logic of the long-term historical developments of which the modern world is the outcome. Specific focus will be given to the origins of technology, the relative contributions of the Renaissance and the Reformation to the rise of modernity, and the role played by the theatre in the emergence of the modern public arena.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· demonstrate the following cognitive competencies with respect to the materials covered: Knowledge; Comprehension; Application; Analysis; Synthesis; Evaluation.
Specifically, students should be able to:

· Describe the field of inquiry outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies
· Complement the central conceptual tools of comparative historical sociology with perspectives taken over from neighboring areas: especially comparave anthropology, but also comparative mythology, archaeology, literature, and classical studies.
· Identify the major sociological theories and paradigms employed, improve on them using comparative perspective, and define key concepts and ideas.
· Explain phenomena and formulate particular problems covered by the seminar in terms of general sociological and anthropological theories.
· Take a critical distance with respect to standard discussions on the topics and issues covered in the seminar and independently evaluate issues and debates.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x seminar paper (5,000 - 6,000 words) due in early May).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC6625 Contemporary Ireland: Formations of Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Class

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars (plus self directed study).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To develop an intersectional analysis of formations of gender, race, ethnicity and class in Contemporary Ireland

Module Content: This course theorises social change in the context of contemporary Ireland, in specific social and cultural arenas. Different ways of understanding and theorising the intersectionality of gender, class, race and ethnicity in Irish society will be outlined, in particular. The seminars in this course move beyond the prevailing economic/structural reading of the Celtic Tiger and its aftermath to look in detail at key aspects of 'change' as it has been experienced in the private as well as the public sphere in four substantive areas: family life; gender relations; sexualities/the transformation of intimacy; immigration, racism and cultural diversity. Theoretically, the analysis of contemporary Ireland advanced is embedded in theoretical debates relating to the transnational turn in Sociology as well as intersectionality theory.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate competence in defining, critically assessing, and using sociological concepts.
· The ability to critically analyze a variety of sociological texts.
· The acquisition of a sense of sociological consciousness, an understanding of forces,
ideas, events, movements, persons, and cultural processes.

· An understanding of cross-cultural differences and of the importance of cultural context.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (5000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (1 x 5000 word essay).

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SC6626 Sociology of the Public Sphere

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 3 x 1day(s) Workshops; 1 x 1day(s) Workshops (student symposium).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: The aim of the course is to provide students with basic familiarity with the sociological value of the concept of public sphere as a foundational concept for grasping all kinds of societal reflection, discussion and deliberation of a public nature, ranging from the literary to the political.

Module Content: The course will introduce students to the sociology of the public sphere.. The course will familiarize students with the early pivotal contributions of Jurgen Habermas, the ongoing critique of this work, especially that inspired by Negt and Kluge's contribution in the 70's in, amongst others, a feminist direction, Habermas's own later contributions and some comparatively recent work such as that of Emirbayer and Sheller, Mayhew and Hauser. It will also address methodological issues of the analysis of public discourse.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the major theories of the public sphere.

· Describe and analyse processes of the transformation, construction and organization of society by means of communicative practices

· Compare and contrast different factors and forces operative in communication societies and analyse their dynamic interrelation.

· Describe and analyse problems and challenges following in the wake of societal learning by means of public disocurse and envisage potential solutions to them.

· Evaluate the positive and negative outcomes generated by the interrelation of different factors and forces involved in societal learning through public discourse.

· Relate their own beliefs, ideas and attitudes to contemporary society and its analysis.

· Identify, devise and apply appropriate theoretical and methodological means for sociological analysis.

· Design and execute a sociological analysis of contemporary society.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x Essay (5,000 - 6,000 words) due in April).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC6627 Social Pathology and Civic Health

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars; Other.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To develop a sociological understanding and critical interpretation of social pathology and civic health in contemporary society.

Module Content: The module will outline, analyse and critically interpret the pattern of contemporary illnesses, ( e.g. suicide and deliberate self-harm; depression, anxiety and affective disorders; eating disorders, substance abuse; chronic fatigue syndrome, etc) that have a sociological profile, one that transcends the particularity of their symptomology and their discrete etiologies. These diseases are symptoms of social and cultural pathologies, and disorders of the collective esprit de corps of contemporary society manifest in crime, deviance, and social disorder, and at the level of individual patients' bodies. These social pathologies arise from individual and collective experiences of social changes and cultural shifts.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· demonstrate the following cognitive competencies with respect to the materials covered: Knowledge; Comprehension; Application; Analysis; Synthesis; Evaluation.
Specifically, students should be able to:

· Describe the field of inquiry outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
· Identify major sociological theories and paradigms employed and define key concepts and ideas.
· Apply sociological theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and phenomena addressed in the seminar.
· Analyze aspects of the seminar's field of inquiry and illustrate them in terms of sociological theories and concepts.
· Explain phenomena and formulate particular problems covered by the seminar in terms of general sociological theories.
· Criticize topics and issues covered in the seminar and evaluate issues and debates.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x seminar paper (5,000 - 6,000 words) due in mid-January).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC6631 Sociology of Sustainable Development

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars; Other (Self-directed study).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Gerard Mullally, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To develop a sociological understanding and critical interpretation of sustainable development in contemporary society.

Module Content: The module will outline, analyse and critically interpret the evolution of the concept of sustainable development in its normative, symbolic and empirical forms in contemporary society. It will examine the debate North and South on sustainable development and consider the role of social movements after the 'death of environmentalism'. The module will critically interpret the importance of social capital and social agency in contemporary debates on sustainable development and analyse the impact of global debates in the Irish context.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· demonstrate the following cognitive competencies with respect to the materials covered: Knowledge; Comprehension; Application; Analysis; Synthesis; Evaluation.
Specifically, students should be able to:

· Describe the field of inquiry outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
· Identify major sociological theories and paradigms employed and define key concepts and ideas.
· Apply sociological theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and phenomena addressed in the seminar.
· Analyze aspects of the seminar's field of inquiry and illustrate them in terms of sociological theories and concepts.
· Explain phenomena and formulate particular problems covered by the seminar in terms of general sociological theories.
· Criticize topics and issues covered in the seminar and evaluate issues and debates.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x Seminar paper (5,000 - 6,000 words)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC6632 Minor Dissertation

Credit Weighting: 30

Semester(s): Semester 2 and 3.

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Other (Individual Supervision).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To analyse an approved sociological topic.

Module Content: A minor dissertation written under the supervision of a staff member on an approved topic.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Engage in original research in sociology;
· Develop individual research strategies and produce critical bibliographies;
· Identify and utilise the major interpretive and argumentative strategies of sociology;
· Analyse and criticise relevant positions and approaches on an academic level appropriate to postgraduate research;
· Demonstrate ability to write critically, logically and systematically, using proper citation in keeping with standards of postgraduate research;
· Argue for an original position on an advanced level of critical reflection.

Assessment: Total Marks 600: Continuous Assessment 600 marks (3 Copies of typed minor dissertation (max 15,000) to be submitted by the First Friday in October).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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SC6633 Literature Review

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Other (Individual Supervision).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To read, understand and review selected literature.

Module Content: A review of literature relevant to a minor dissertation. Each student meets his/her supervisor weekly and submits written reviews of relevant literature. Submission date on or before 30th April.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Collect and report on the most relevant literature in a research area chosen by the student in consultation with a supervisor;
· Identify themes and positions in the literature collected;
· Organise the report according to the themes and positions thus identified;
· Examine the different themes or positions in order to differentiate and contrast them;
· Re-organise and summarise the different reports in one coherent review of the relevant literature;
· Ascertain these literature reviews with regard to a possible minor thesis topic.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (A review essay of max 5,000 words 150 marks; oral presentation 50 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (1 x 5,000 word essay to be submitted; a second 2,000 word essay in lieu of failed oral presentation by the third Friday in August).

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SC6638 Rethinking Borders: Global Challenges to Social Justice

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To present a sociological account of the nature of borders and their political, social, cultural and ethical consequences.

Module Content: Even in this era of global expansion, borders remain important forms of societal organization of social practice, identities and affiliations. In more recent years, notable restrictions have been placed on borders due to issues of security, terrorist attack mass migration and disease prevention. To cross borders today (cultural, political, ethnic, religious, and geographical) over and beyond the simple entry to and exit from the political category known as the state, is therefore a complex affair. It is at the extremities of such borders (frontiers) that the limits to democracy and human rights commitments are rigorously tested.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate the acquisition of a body of knowledge directly related to the concept of borders;
· Evaluate the relationship between borders, politics, law, and social change;
· Explore linkages between borders, justice, human rights, and social development;
· Identify, devise and apply appropriate theoretical and methodologucal means for a sociological analysis of borders and social justice.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1x 5000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (1x 5,000 word essay to be submitted by the third Friday in August).

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SC7106 Social Theory Paradigms and Thesis Definition I

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 4 x 6hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology; Staff, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To develop students' understanding of paradigms of social theory and to locate their thesis within those paradigm(s).

Module Content: The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of the relationship of their research to social theory by getting students to think about the relationship of their work to the main paradigms of sociology. Students will be expected to deliver papers on social theory and its relationship to research traditions generally and their own research project in particular.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Situate their thesis within paradigm(s) of social theory.
· Define their thesis (and general research) problematics within paradigm(s) of social theory
· Formulate their thesis's research question(s) in terms of social theory.
· Contextualise all of the above within relevant social theoretical paradigms.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Seminar paper 5,000 words).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC7604 Sociology of the Mass Media

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars; Other (plus self directed learning).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Sumner, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: Presentation and analysis of issues in the contemporary study of the mass media with the objective of increasing knowledge and developing analytic skills.

Module Content: Mass communication is inextricably linked with political and social power in contemporary society. The aim of this seminar is to explore and explicate the nature of these links. The study of the three central social processes involved in mass communication representation (how the world is presented to us in the media), production (the influences on how these representations are constructed) and consumption (how audiences receive the messages of the media) will form the central focus of this seminar.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify major sociological theories and paradigms employed in the sociology of the mass media and define key concepts and ideas.
· Apply sociological theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and phenomena associated with the central role of the mass media in contemporary society.
· Analyze aspects of media output and illustrate them in terms of sociological theories and concepts.
· Explain the social functions of media in terms of general sociological theories and theories of culture.
· Criticize and assess the relationships between media and politics.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 seminar paper (5,000 - 6,000 words)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC7623 Globalisation and Culture

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 3, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 4 x 1day(s) Seminars; 1 x 1day(s) Workshops.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: The refinement of theoretical and methodological competences and skills in a discursive context substantively focusing on the relationship between globalisation and culture

Module Content: Theoretical perspectives within Sociology and Cultural Studies are utilized to explore how cultural changes linked to globalisation have impacted on the relationship between transnational institutions, states, regions, ethnic groups and local communities. A second focus of the course is to examine the role of communication technologies and the mass media in creating new forms of hybridity in a global cultural context

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe and analyse the process of globalisation, particularly in terms of its relationship to local, national and global cultures.


· Compare and contrast different factors and forces operative within globalisation, and analyse their dynamic interaction.


· Describe and analyse problems and challenges which relate to recent cultural transformations in terms of their relationship to on-going processes of globalisation.


· Evaluate the positive and negative outcomes generated by the interrelation of different factors and forces which link globalisation to cultural change.


· Relate their own beliefs, ideas and attitudes to changes in the global economic, political and cultural context.


· Identify and devise appropriate theoretical and methodological means for sociological analysis of globalisation and culture


· Design and execute a sociological analysis of globalisation in relation to cultural change in contemporary Irish society.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x Essay (7,000 - 8,000 words) due in mid-January).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC7624 Civilisation and Globalisation

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 3, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 4 x 1day(s) Seminars; 1 x 1day(s) Workshops (student symposium).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Prof Arpad Szakolczai, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To develop a comprehensive sociological understanding of the phenomenon of globalisation in the context of comparative historical civilisational analysis

Module Content: The course provides a guide for understanding the processes that gave rise to the modern global world and still define its dynamics today. It will reconstruct the internal logic of the long-term historical developments of which the modern world is the outcome, situating these processes on the broadest possible horizon in space and time. Emphasis will be placed on the rise and fall of civilisations, focusing on 'dark ages' and 'renascences', the comparative analysis of Western and non-Western civilisations, and the comparative anthropology and mythology of cultures.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· demonstrate the following cognitive competencies with respect to the materials covered: Knowledge; Comprehension; Application; Analysis; Synthesis; Evaluation.
Specifically, students should be able to:

· Describe the field of inquiry outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies
· Complement the central conceptual tools of comparative historical sociology with perspectives taken over from neighboring areas: especially comparave anthropology, but also comparative mythology, archaeology, literature, and classical studies.
· Identify the major sociological theories and paradigms employed, improve on them using comparative perspective, and define key concepts and ideas.
· Explain phenomena and formulate particular problems covered by the seminar in terms of general sociological and anthropological theories.
· Take a critical distance with respect to standard discussions on the topics and issues covered in the seminar and independently evaluate issues and debates.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x seminar paper (7,000 - 8,000 words) due in mid-January. Essay length varies for MA and PhD Social Science (GREP) students. For further details see Departmental Handbook.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC7626 Sociology of the Public Sphere

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 3, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 4 x 1day(s) Workshops; 1 x 1day(s) Workshops (student symposium).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Patrick O'Mahony, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: The aim of the course is to provide students with basic familiarity with the sociological value of the concept of public sphere as a foundational concept for grasping all kinds of societal reflection, discussion and deliberation of a public nature, ranging from the literary to the political.

Module Content: The course will introduce students to the sociology of the public sphere.. The course will familiarize students with the early pivotal contributions of Jurgen Habermas, the ongoing critique of this work, especially that inspired by Negt and Kluge?s contribution in the 70?s in, amongst others, a feminist direction, Habermas?s own later contributions and some comparatively recent work such as that of Emirbayer and Sheller, Mayhew and Hauser. It will also address methodological issues of the analysis of public discourse.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the major theories of the public sphere.

· Compare and contrast different factors and forces operative in communication societies and analyse their dynamic interrelation.

· Describe and analyse problems and challenges following in the wake of societal learning by means of public disocurse and envisage potential solutions to them.

· Evaluate the positive and negative outcomes generated by the interrelation of different factors and forces involved in societal learning through public discourse.
· Relate their own beliefs, ideas and attitudes to contemporary society and its analysis.

· Identify, devise and apply appropriate theoretical and methodological means for sociological analysis.

· Design and execute a sociological analysis of contemporary society.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x seminar paper (7,000 - 8,000 words) due in April).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC7627 Social Pathology and Civic Health

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 3, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): Masters Degree

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars; Other.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kieran Keohane, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To develop a sociological understanding and critical interpretation of social pathology and civic health in contemporary society.

Module Content: The module will outline, analyse and critically interpret the pattern of contemporary illnesses, ( e.g. suicide and deliberate self-harm; depression, anxiety and affective disorders; eating disorders, substance abuse; chronic fatigue syndrome, etc) that have a sociological profile, one that transcends the particularity of their symptomology and their discrete etiologies. These diseases are symptoms of cultural pathologies and disorders of the collective esprit de corps of contemporary society manifest at the level of individual patients' bodies. These social pathologies arise from individual and collective experiences of social changes and cultural shifts.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· demonstrate the following cognitive competencies with respect to the materials covered: Knowledge; Comprehension; Application; Analysis; Synthesis; Evaluation
· Describe the field of inquiry outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
· Identify major sociological theories and paradigms employed and define key concepts and ideas.
· Apply sociological theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and phenomena addressed in the seminar.
· Analyze aspects of the seminar's field of inquiry and illustrate them in terms of sociological theories and concepts.
· Explain phenomena and formulate particular problems covered by the seminar in terms of general sociological theories.
· Criticize topics and issues covered in the seminar and evaluate issues and debates.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x seminar paper (7,000 - 8,000 words) due in mid-January).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module:

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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SC7628 Communication and Learning in the Constitution of Society

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 3, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 4 x 1day(s) Seminars ((6 hours)); 1 x 1day(s) Workshops (student symposium).

Module Co-ordinator: Mr B.P. Strydom, Department of Sociology.

Lecturer(s): Mr B.P. Strydom, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: Refinement of theoretical-methodological competences in a discursive context focusing on the role of communication and learning in the constitution of society.

Module Content: The constitution or construction, transformation and organization of society is reconstructed in a theoretically and methodologically informed way in terms of the pragmatics of communication involving the viewpoint of both interaction (informal processes of subject/identity, opinion and will formation) and discourse (processes publicly mediating different or antagonistic perspectives). A cognitive sociological approach is adopted towards these processes. Continuing the tradition of moral and political sociology, examples of relevant issues are critically analysed in concrete contexts such as the currently emerging global or world society.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe and analyse processes of the construction, transformation and organization of society.
· Compare and contrast different factors and forces operative in social life, and analyse their dynamic interrelation.
· Describe and analyse problems and challenges following in the wake of societal transformation, and envisage potential solutions to them
· Evaluate the positive and negative outcomes generated by the interrelation of different factors and forces involved in societal transformation.
· Identify and devise appropriate theoretical and methodological means for sociological analysis.
· Relate their own beliefs, ideas and attitudes to contemporary society and its analysis
· Design and execute a sociological analysis of contemporary society.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x seminar paper (7,000 - 8,000 words) due in mid-January).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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