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An Introduction to Sociology in Ireland

Revised and updated edition of this comprehensive introduction to the world of sociology incorporating key contemporary issues, with particular reference to the Irish perspective.

  • New to this edition:
    • Reflects all changes in the revised Social Studies module [5N1370]
    • Provides the most recent statistics related to the area of sociology
    • Introduces reflective and investigative skills for use on current social issues
    • Advises on strategies for study and preparation for examinations, as well as note-taking skills and revision methods.
  • Highlights key sociological theories, concepts and topics, while introducing and examining social stratification in Irish society.
  • Facilitates an individual’s basic understanding of their position as an individual, a family member and as part of a community and wider society.
  • Introduces the process and agents of socialisation by analysing family, peer groups, education and media, and their impact.
  • Examines the role and function of the family within society, in particular within an Irish context, and how the structure of the family has evolved and developed in recent times.
  • Discusses discrimination and its impact on individuals and society.
  • Details various survey methods, observation skills and research methodologies, and provides pointers on documenting, referencing, and analysis and presentation of research findings.


Written For:

The revised NFQ Level 5 Social Studies module [5N1370] as part of the following major awards:

  • Intellectual Disability Practice 5M1761
  • Applied Social Studies 5M2181
  • Journalism 5M2464
  • Community Care 5M2786
  • Community Development 5M3050
  • Healthcare Support 5M4339
  • Nursing Studies 5M4349
  • Community Health Services 5M4468
  • Youth Work 5M4732
  • Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009

Suitable also for those studying BTEC and HETAC subjects within the fields of Social Science and Healthcare.


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Publication Date

March 2014




Paperback, 264 pages

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Gill Education


1. Introduction to Sociology
2. Concepts and Processes of Socialisation and the Acquisition of Culture
3. Major Sociological Perspectives and Theories
4. Methods of Research and Social Investigation
5. Sociology of the Family
6. Social Stratification in Irish Society
7. Gender Socialisation
8. Deviance and Social Control
9. Ageing and Older People
10. Race and Ethnicity
11. Sociology of Health
12. Demography and Urbanisation


234 x 155 mm


By Bernadette McDonald

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Bernadette McDonald teaches Sociology in Cavan Institute of Technology.

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