Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Access to Arts and Social Sciences: Sociology ADED11420E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to the ideas, methods and themes of Sociology. We will look at the development of the subject through the ideas of key thinkers (eg, Weber, Durkheim, Marx) before turning to core topics such as equality, culture and societal structures. Students will be enabled to undertake Level 1 degree study in Social Sciences.


2 hours per week for 20 weeks

Semesters 1&2: Tuesdays, 13.00 - 15.00

Semesters 1&2: Thursdays, 18.30 - 20.30


At enrolment students will be asked to select one of the two sessions. There will be no opportunity to change session.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Two essays (each up to 1500 words) (25% each) 

Final 60-minute examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

■ To put in place the basic understanding of Sociology that will enable students to cope with Level 1 undergraduate study in Social Science subjects

■ To develop core skills for Social Science study: essay writing, critical reading, contributing to tutorials, etc.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Demonstrate their understanding of the character of the questions asked by Sociology and the nature of the answers it offers;

■ Write structured, referenced essays addressing questions about society, societal structures, sociological theories and their application, at the level of depth, detail and conceptual rigour of university Level 1 courses;

■ Describe main methods of social science research.


Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.