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SOCI6003 - Sociology and Community

Title:Sociology and Community
Long Title:Sociology and Community
Module Code:SOCI6003
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Sociology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Next Review Date: November 2021
Module Coordinator: Mary Galvin
Module Author: Paddy Anderson
Module Description: The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the diversity of perspectives within Sociology (including a focus on research methods). Sociology is the systematic study of social life. The history of sociology will be outlined alongside an exploration of social inquiry (within the particular context of community work). The student is introduced to key sociological theorists such as Durkheim, Marx, and Weber in an exploration of specific questions such as: What is society? What is culture? How is social order possible? What role do institutions play in society? How does social change occur? What is the nature of the relationship between the individual and society? Specific focus is placed on ‘community’ as a form of social organisation and association. The relationship of community to current debates on social capital and social cohesion is also critically explored.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify and explain key sociological concepts.
LO2 Outline the history of social thinking and identify the contribution of the ‘classical’ social theorists to our understanding of society.
LO3 Identify the types of sociological theorizing evident in Irish society and make preliminary distinctions between the different theoretical perspectives.
LO4 Describe 'community' as a contested concept and explain its use within the context of social capital and cohesion.
LO5 Describe the relevance of an understanding of the 'social' for effective community practice.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Key Concepts
Society; Community; Culture; Institution; Role; Norms; the division of labour; social structure; social action; Giddens concept of Structuration.
The History of Social Thinking
Capitalism, Industrialism and Rationalism. The industrial, French and American revolutions; secular, political and industrial change; the emergence of the ‘social’; Comte; Durkheim, Weber and Marx.
Theoretical Perspectives and Sociology as a Science
Durkheim’s study on Suicide; Weber and the role of ideas in history; the Protestant work ethic; Marx and the merits of economic determinism; traditions in Irish social theory; anthropology; Catholic social theory; sociology and social policy; the work of the Economic Social and Research Institute. Emancipatory approaches.
Community, Social Capital and Social Cohesion
Tönnies on Community (Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft); Durkheim and mechanical and organic solidarity; the role of the collective conscience. Puttman on social capital; community as ideology; Cohen, community as a symbolic construct.
Community Practitioners and Praxis
Describe the relevance of an understanding of ‘the social’ for effective community practice. Community practitioners and praxis; developing a theoretically informed practice; challenging own assumptions; identifying place in the social structure.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions In class test (core concepts) 1,2 20.0 Week 6
Essay Critical engagement with a select topic 3,4 65.0 Sem End
Performance Evaluation Journal of reflection linking theory to practice 3,4,5 15.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture/Workshop 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Critical engagement with course material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture/workshop 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Critical engagement with the course material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Scott J. and Marshall, Gordon 2014, A Dictionary of Sociology [ISBN: 0199533008]
  • Giddens, A. 2013, Sociology, 7th Ed., Polity Press UK [ISBN: -10: 07456529]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Clancey, P. 2001, Irish Society: Sociological Perspectives, reprinted 2001 Ed., IPA Dublin
  • Collins Randals 1994, Four Sociological Traditions, Oxford University Press New York [ISBN: 978-0195082081]
  • Cohen A. P. 1995, The Symbolic Construction of Community [ISBN: 978-0415046169]
  • Giddens Anthony 1987, Sociology, a Brief but Critical Introduction, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich San Diego [ISBN: 978-0155820012]
  • Gusfield Joseph R. 1978, Community, Harper & Row New York [ISBN: 978-0060906429]
  • Marsh Ian with Rosie Campbell & Mike Keating 2004, Classic and Contemporary Readings in Sociology [ISBN: 978-0582320239]
  • Putnam Robert D. 2000, Bowling Alone [ISBN: 978-0743203043]
  • Ritzer George, Douglas J. Goodman 2004, Classical Sociological Theory, 6th Ed., McGraw-Hill New York [ISBN: 978-0072824308]
  • Perry Share, Mary P. Corcoran and Brian Conway 2012, Sociology of Ireland, 4th Ed., Gill and Macmillan [ISBN: 9780717149841]
  • Giddens, A. 2013, Essential Concepts in Sociology, Polity Press [ISBN: 10:0745649866]
  • M. Murphy, P. Kirby 2008, A Better Ireland is Possible: Towards an alternative vision for Ireland, Community Platform http://communityplatform.ie/uploads/A%20Better%20Ireland%20-%20pdf.pdf
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Woods, M. & S. O'Connor 2014, Irelands's Financial Crisis: A comparative context, Central Bank Quarterly Bulletin (4) Oct.
  • Corcoran, M. P. 2009, "Mapping social change in twenty-first century Ireland: a view from the city and the suburb", Glucksman Ireland House. New York University, 23 October.
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HCOED_7 Bachelor of Arts in Community Development 1 Mandatory
CR_HCOED_6 Higher Certificate in Arts in Community Development 1 Mandatory

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