Social and Economic Studies

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Social and Economic Studies

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module introduces students to concepts and theories from social studies and examines how they inform critical analysis of modern societies. Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism and Structuralism are the key theoretical perspectives addressed within the module. The module is organised around two strands; (I) the origins and and socio-economic structures within which social studies has evolved; (ii) the construction of social identities in terms of citizenship, class, ethnicity, family, gender, race and sexuality. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Explain the core concepts of the theoretical perspectives examined within the module.
    2. Debate and defend a theoretically informed social analysis of a chosen topic within a seminar context.
    3. Recognise the key determinants of social change.
    4. Write a concise and logical seminar report.
    5. Apply contrasting theoretical perspectives to social questions within a written assignment.
    6. Reference assignments and seminar reports according to the Harvard System.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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