SOC00010 Introducing our Social Worlds

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is delivered between the School of Sociology and the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD. This module will provide an introduction to the Social Sciences at UCD and more specifically the undergraduate subjects: Sociology, Social Justice and Social Policy. We will employ engaged approaches to learning drawing on key thinkers across the social sciences and our particular fields of study. Throughout the module we will explore how these subjects can help deepen understanding of our social worlds locally, nationally and globally, the challenges we face as a global society and the possibilities for social change through policy interventions and activist strategies. There will be a particular emphasis on the development of an adult learner identity within the context of a dynamic co-constructed learning environment. By drawing on teaching methods which promote self-reflexivity and critical awareness students’ experiences and lived realities will be valued as legitimate knowledge bases. Through engaging with this module students will be equipped to make informed decisions as to further study at third level.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Exhibit an ability to critically reflect on their lived life experiences as global citizens across social, cultural, political and policy contexts.

2. Present informed ideas relating to the themes covered weekly in a clear, coherent manner.

3. Engage in informed discussion of issues relating to our social worlds in small group and whole class contexts.

4. Demonstrate the development of a learning identity through class participation and responses to weekly reading assignments.

5. Complete assignments appropriate for level 6 (UCD, L0) students relating to the themes of the module.

6. Make informed decisions about future study at third level.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and in-class activities 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Student must be registered to Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Law to take this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay appropriate to this level of study reflecting the module themes and course readings. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group feedback in class

Name Role
Dr Micheal Collins Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Matthew Donoghue Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Aogan Mulcahy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Michelle Norris Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 18:00 - 19:50