Sociological Theory

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sociological Theory

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to a broad range of sociological theorists and theories. The
    emphasis is on modern and contemporary theorists. Students will be required to be familiar with classical
    theorists such as Marx, Weber and Durkheim. In particular, the course seeks to develop and enhance the
    students' knowledge and appreciation of contemporary sociological theory, the contexts in which they were
    developed, where they are placed in the field of sociology, how they relate to each other and how they help
    explain social life. Often the module will deal with specific theorists, their background, theoretical
    interests and concerns, and their major works. Reference will generally be made to the strengths and weaknesses
    of their work and how it compares and contrasts with that of other theorists. The types of theories and
    theorists covered in the module may include, symbolic interactionism (Blumer, Goffman), Neo-Marxism (Gramsci,
    Lukacs), Frankurt School (Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse, Habermas), and Functionalism (Parsons, Merton).

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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