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  John Traynor
This is a job that you must be really interested in to succeed in. At times the hours can be very long and the work can be very challenging. You must be prepared to put up with the hard work in order to get the real experience and career progress that the job can offer you. If you are not really interested in this work you will be letting yourself and your colleagues down.

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Arts - Sociology

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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Sociology involves the study of groups, organisations and societies and how people interact within these settings. This course covers a range of issues such as employment, family, gender and ethnicity, food and the environment, development and globalisation, organisations and management, language, and popular culture.

As part of an Arts degree, this subject is one of three or four subjects you choose in first year. You may choose some modules from outside the BA Arts subjects list. See UCD Horizons. In the later stages of your course you will specialise in one or two subject areas.

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DN500 - Arts - Sociology

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DN500 - Arts - Sociology
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism

Essential Module Requirements:
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
G20001 or 5N0690

and 3 of the following 12 modules:
E20115 or 5N0762
E30106 or 6N2399
E30107 or 6N2401
E30108 or 6N2400
E30109 or 6N2404
E30110 or 6N2398
E20113 or 5N1296
G20022 or 5N1837
D20032 or 5N1279
E20124 or 5N4571
E20024 or 5N1444
E20013 or 5N2152

5 modules at Distinction Grade.

5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
G20001 or 5N0690

and 4 of the following 16 modules:
E20008 or 5N1298
E20076 or 5N2443
B20004 or 5N1351
E20078 or 5N2435
G20022 or 5N1837
5N1405 or N23004 or L20043 or L21757
G20031 or 5N1370
E20106 or 5N1623
E20107 or 5N1624
E20109 or 5N1626
E20171 or 5N1627
E20111 or 5N1628
E20178 or 5N1629
E20108 or 5N1630
E20110 or 5N1631
E20164 or 5N1632

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This course may lead on to professional social work courses for people who wish to pursue that career, but it is also an excellent route to become a sociologist with special knowledge of the nature of social problems and services, and the policy questions concerning them.

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