Studying Sociology through TSM (Two Subject Moderatorship programme)
This option allows students to combine Sociology with one of: Drama Studies, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, German, History, History of art and architecture, Italian, Jewish and Islamic civilisations, Modern Irish, Philosophy, Psychology, Spanish or World religions and theology. The attraction of the TSM programme is that it introduces students to two disciplines during their undergraduate studies that match well together.
You will take three modules for your Sociology component in first year, along with three modules in your other subject. In first year, these modules will include Political Science and Economic Policy, alongside your core module in Sociology. As you move on to second and third years, your Sociology modules (three in each year) will become more specialised, involving both social theory, research methodology, and other optional modules.
Before you reach third year, you will have been asked to choose whether you are pursuing your two TSM subjects jointly into fourth year (a programme known as Pattern A) or whether you wish to 'major' in one of them, taking your final exams in your 'minor' subject at the end of third year (known as Pattern B). If you choose to 'minor' in Sociology, you will still get a joint degree in your two subjects (e.g. Sociology and Geography) but will finish up in Sociology at the end of third year.
If you choose to 'major' in Sociology, you take a further four modules in Sociology in final year, including an independent dissertation, involving your own research conducted under the supervision of one of the lecturers in Sociology. You then take your finals in Sociology at the end of fourth year.