Why Study Sociology?

Sociology graduates are in high demand in today’s workplaces. Their critical and analytical skills enable them to adapt quickly and work creatively in today’s fast-paced marketplace. Their capacity for considered judgment and their knowledge of and sensitivity to complex social, economic, political, and cultural issues makes them attractive to employers seeking intelligent, resourceful, innovative and versatile individuals.

In addition to successfully securing employment in various areas of the private sector, sociology graduates are also in demand in local, national, and global governmental and nongovernmental sectors. Sociology’s longstanding tradition of combing scholarship with a commitment to social, economic and political justice provides sociology graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to effect social change within their local, national and global communities. As sociology graduates attain a high level of competency in social research methods, they are likewise in demand as highly-skilled researchers in private, governmental, and nongovernmental sectors.

As the sociology programme covers a wide range of theoretical and empirical research traditions and seeks to facilitate student capacity to ask probing questions on pivotal social issues, it also provides a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing post-graduate degrees in sociology or other related disciplines. While modules on offer at the post-graduate and undergraduate levels vary from year to year depending on the availability and interests of faculty, the department has offered modules in classical and contemporary social theory; qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; political and economic sociology; family, gender and sexuality; criminology; media and communication; globalization and development; culture and the environment; science and technology; religions and civilisations; the sociology of health; race, ethnicity and migration; as well as a number of specialised modules on Ireland (north and south), Europe, the Middle East, and the developing world. For a list of modules and courses of study, please see the Book of Modules.

The international reputation of our staff, the quality and diversity of our students, and the variety of available modules and courses of study make UCC’s Department of Sociology an exciting environment for learning and research.

Close X