Introduction to Politics and Sociology

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Politics and Sociology

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Political Science, 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 aims to provide students with an introduction to political science and sociology in a highly accessible way. Key ideas on the social and political processes of power and influence at the level of state, society and individual are introduced. The forces of cohesion and conflict, of identity and diversity are examined through sociological and political ideas concerning modernity, culture, religion and ?problems? that beset modern societies such as crime and inequality. This course will also provide students with a critical approach to the study of political parties and governing institutions. Case studies from the Republic of Ireland will be used to highlight key features of these. At the end of this module students will have a basic grounding in how the disciplines of sociology and political science understand and interpret complex social and political phenomena. Moreover, students will also have an insight into social and political debates highly pertinent to Ireland. This module is examined by an end of semester two hour written examination.

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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