SC2804: Key Issues in Sociology

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 16 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 120hr(s) Other (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Sociology, as appropriate; Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To develop and extend 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 Globalisation, Politics, Economics, Culture, Environment, Family, Migration, Gender etc.
Learning Outcome: 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.
  • Analyse aspects of modern society by applying sociological theories and methods.
  • Formulate and explain particular social phenomena using sociological perspectives (e.g. culture, family, migration, gender, education and health).
  • Critically evaluate debates on issues in contemporary society.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 3,000 word written assignment, 150 marks; 1 x In-class test, 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%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: 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 module coordinator).

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