Key Info

Sociology

NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route(s):

Course code
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry) | LM019 - BSc in Social Sciences (Common Entry)
Duration
4 Years
Course leader
Dr. Chris McInerney (LM002) Prof. Ross Macmillan (LM019)
Email
arts@ul.ie
Admissions
Tel
Tel 00 353 61 202015
Queries

Sociology can be taken on both LM002 Bachelor of ArtsLM019 Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences. Subject combinations & course structures can be reviewed on the appropriate programme page.

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 usually 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. Doing Sociology will empower you to re-examine the familiar with fresh eyes and provide you with the skills set to see afresh and to document the complexity of the social world.

Why study Sociology at UL?

Sociology describes and explains social structures and processes. The Sociology programme at UL 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 our 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 Sociology electives which match your own study and research interests.

What you will Study

Reflecting the extensive teaching and research expertise in the department, Sociology at UL focuses on a number of key themes which run throughout the four years of the programme:

  • Classical and Contemporary Social theory.
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Sociology of Inequality (focusing, for example, on Gender, Stratification & Social Mobility, Political Economy, Urban Sociology, Youth, Migration, and Hate Crimes)
  • Sociology of Media (focusing, for example on media, media audiences and popular culture)
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Sociology of family (covering children, marriage and partnership, domestic and market labour, inter alia)
  • Sociology of crime, victimization, and criminal justice

Modules are offered on both Bachelor of Arts (LM002) and BSc. Social Sciences (LM019) - Both are subject to change.

  Semester 1   Semester 2

SO4001

Introduction to Sociology

SO4032

Introduction to Sociology 2

  Semester 3 Semester 4
  Students select 1:  Cooperative Education Placement

SO4073

Classic Sociological Theory

 

SO4037

Qualitative Methods for Sociological Research

 
  Students select 1:  

SO4073

Classic Sociological Theory

 

SO4037

Qualitative Methods for Sociological Research

 

SO4063

Introduction to Social Research Methods

 

SO4047

Sociology of The Welfare State

 

SO4118

Sociology of Gender and Popular Culture

 

SO4033

Sociology of Media

 
Semester 5   Semester 6
Off-Campus Academic Placement   Students Select 1:
 

SO4036

Contemporary Sociological Theory

 

SO4046

Quantitative Methods for Sociological Research

    Students Select 1:
 

SO4036

Contemporary Sociological Theory

 

SO4046

Quantitative Methods for Sociological Research

 

SO4006

The Sociology of Crime, Deviance and Social Control

 

SO4088

Sociology of Globalisation

 

SO4078

Inequality and Social Exclusion

 

SO4008

Sociology of Media Audiences

 

SO4002

Gender Sociological Perspectives

  Semester 7   Semester 8
  Students Select 2:   Students Select 2:

SO4057

Sociology of Health and Illness

SO4208

Sociology of Love and it’s Dark Side

SO4178

Sociology of The Body

SO4158

Sociology of Higher Education

SO4067

Sociology of Work

SO4108

Sociological Approaches to Gender and Multiculturalism

SO4168

The Sociology of Mental Health and Illness

SO4218

Sociological Perspectives Seminar Series

SO4138

Sociology of Religion

SO4168

The Sociology of Mental Health and Illness

SO4128

Sociology of the Internet

SO4138

Sociology of Religion

SO4077

Sociology of Youth

SO4128

Sociology of the Internet

SO4148

Sociology of Power: The Relational and Practice

SO4148

Sociology of Power: The Relational and Practice

SO4087

Social Trends and Sociological Research

SO4087

Social Trends and Sociological Research

SO4047

Sociology of The Welfare State

   

How to Apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.

 

Fees and Funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €5,650
SUSI pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Centre Levy €92
€8,742

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €5,650
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Centre Levy €92
€8,742

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student pays Tuition Fees €5,650
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Centre Levy €92
€8,742

Non-EU Students

Student pays Tuition Fees €12,270
Student pays Student Centre Levy €92
€12,362

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

  • Free Fee Status: You satisfy all three categories (1, 2 and 3) and therefore are eligible for the Higher Education Authority’s Free Fees scheme.
  • EU Fee Status: You satisfy the citizenship and/or residency criteria but fail to satisfy the course requirements and are liable to EU fees
  • Non EU Fee Status: You do not meet either the citizenship or residency criteria and are therefore liable to Non EU fees.

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships Available
The Noel Ryan Scholarship €2,000 per year for 4 years 1 per year

These scholarships are available for all courses

Your Future Career

A wide range of career opportunities are open to you from this programme, in the public, private and non-profit/NGO sectors: UL Sociology graduates have found careers in a diverse range of areas including:

  • Journalism, media, communications and public relations
  • Teaching at Second Level
  • Social, marketing and media research
  • Social policy analysis
  • Urban planning
  • Research consultancy
  • Postgraduate Training to either Masters or PhD Levels
  • Social work, youth and community work
  • Prison and probation services
  • Community Development
  • Voluntary organisations, national and international NGOs
  • Statistician, demographer

Follow-On Study: