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Sociology

Available from our partner institution, the University of Limerick. More information here.

Sociology can be taken as part of the MIC Arts Degree as a joint honours combination.

About you
Students who do sociology need to be inquisitive, and curious about the social world and how it works. You also need to be open to reconsidering all the notions and common sense views of society that we all take for granted. Sociology shakes us up intellectually, it forces us to reconsider many of our assumptions and see the world through a lens that is often critical and challenging. Sociology will empower you to re-examine the familiar with fresh eyes and provide you with the skillset to see afresh and to document complexity.

Why Study Sociology?
Sociology describes and explains social structures and processes. The Sociology programme will enable you to develop critical and analytical skills to look more objectively at our societies. It directs attention to how the constituent parts of society fit together and change, and the consequences of that social change. By focusing on the external forces that affect values, attitudes and behaviors, it helps us better understand ourselves and the motivations of others around us. In addition to core modules you can choose electives to suit your own interests.

What you will study
The Sociology programme has five main components that run throughout the four years of the programme:
• Classical and Contemporary Social theory
• Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
• Sociology of inequality (covering gender, stratification & social mobility, political economy, urban sociology, media
sociology, hate studies)
• Sociology of health and illness
• Sociology of family (covering children, marriage and partnership, domestic and market labour, inter alia)

Career Opportunities
• Journalism, media, communications and public relations
• Social, marketing and media research
• Social policy analysis
• Urban planning
• Research consultancy
• Tourism
• Teaching
• Social worker, youth and community work
• Prison and probation services
• Voluntary organisations, national and international NGOs
• Statistician, demographer
• Academia

Follow-on study opportunities include:
• MA Sociology (Applied Social Research)
• MA Gender, Culture & Society
• MA Sociology (Youth, Community and Social Regeneration)

Additional Information
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
E: Arts@ul.ie
T: +353 61 202286

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