Introduction to Sociology
Trinity College Dublin
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis module introduces students to the discipline of Sociology. Sociology enables us to understand and critically explore the social world in which we live. The module introduces students to the distinctive questions that sociologists ask about human society, and the theories, concepts and analytical tools used in the search for answers. Students are encouraged to develop a ?sociological imagination? in order to understand the inter-relationships and dependencies between the individual, society and wider global processes.
The module considers the nature of sociology in terms of its historical origins, its key theoretical traditions and the role of research in analysing social issues. It examines major themes such as multiculturalism and citizenship; migration and immigrant incorporation; racism, identities and education; the changing role of families; the changing nature of work; the emergence of knowledge economies; network societies; social inequalities and change; gender; the social construction of reality. The themes are pursued in relation to Ireland, Europe and processes of globalisation. In particular the rapid social and cultural change that has occurred in Irish society in recent decades is examined.
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.
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