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The 2021 Foundation Scholarship examinations will take place in January 2022, dates to be confirmed. Candidates are examined in the modules of their course up to the end of Michaelmas Term of the Senior Freshman year.

Sociology Schol Information meeting will be held on Monday 2nd November 2021 @ 2pm. Please email sociology@tcd.ie for further details of the meeting.

Foundation Scholarship Examinations 2021-22
Examination Papers set by Trinity College Dublin’s Department of Sociology

Introduction

The Department of Sociology is providing hour papers for The Foundation Scholarship examinations in 2021-22. The number and combination of papers which you should take depends on your programme plus the pathway which you are taking as listed below. There are mandatory papers for different programmes and pathways plus optional choices:

Credit Profile In Sociology
 in Senior Fresher

No. of SF credits
to be taken in Sociology
 by end of Semester 1

Number of papers taken in Sociology

Papers to be taken (M= mandatory, O= optional)

 

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Paper 4

Joint Honours, BESS and PPES

 

 

 

 

 

 

40 SF credits (20 by end Sem 1)

20

3

M

M

O

O

JF credits only

n/a

1

 

M

 

 

40 SF credits (20 by end Sem 1)

20

2

 

M

O

O

40 SF credits (20 by end Sem 1)

20

3

M

M

O

O

20 SF credits (10 by end Sem 1)

10

2

 

M

O

O

20 SF credits (10 by end Sem 1)

10

1

 

M

O

O

20 SF credits (10 by end Sem 1)

10

1

 

M

O

O

20 SF credits (10 by end Sem 1)

10

2

 

M

O

O

20 SF credits (10 by end Sem 1)

10

2

 

M

O

O

Sociology and Social Policy

10

2

O

M

O

 

European Studies

-

1

 

M

 

 

All Sociology Scholarship Examination papers require students to answer two questions and are 2 hours and 15 minutes in length.

Paper Descriptions
Sociology Paper 1
This is a 'foundations paper' which draws on the material taught in Semesters 1 and 2 from first year in the modules Introduction to Sociology 1 and 2. Students are offered six questions in two sections and they must answer one from each section.
Sociology Paper 2
This paper is a 'general paper' designed to test candidates’ analytical, critical and discursive abilities. Students are provided with a number of readings on two topics: social capital and cultural capital. Two questions on each topic are provided in two sections and students answer one question from each section.
Social Capital Readings
The two questions in Section A will be based on two papers on the issue of social capital:

  • Coleman, J.S. (1988) Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital, American Journal of Sociology, 94 (Supplement): pp 95-120.
  • Uehara, E. (1990) Dual Exchange Theory, Social Networks and Informal Social Support, American Journal of Sociology, 96(3), pp521-557.

Cultural Capital Readings

  • Lareau, A. and Weininger, E.B (2003) Cultural Capital in Educational Research: A Critical Assessment, Theory and Society, Vol. 32, No. 5/6, Special Issue on ‘The Sociology of Symbolic Power: A Special Issue in Memory of Pierre Bourdieu’ (Dec., 2003), pp. 567-606.
  • De Graaf, N. D., De Graaf, P. M. and Kraaykamp, G. (2000) Parental Cultural Capital and Educational Attainment in the Netherlands: A Refinement of the Cultural Capital Perspective, Sociology of Education, 73(2), 92-111.

Students should read all of the papers above and be ready to answer essay questions based on the different concepts used and the social processes that underpin them.

Sociology Paper 3
The Foundation Scholarship Examination Sociology paper 3 is a 'theory and methods' paper. Students are presented with six questions overall in two sections (A and B) from which they answer two question from either section. Section A will have three questions which draw on the material taught in Social Theory Semester 1 (SOU22061). Section B will have three questions which draw on the material from Introduction to Social Research Semester 1 (SOU22011).
Sociology Paper 4
Paper 4 is a 'core topics’ paper. Students are presented with six questions overall in two sections (A and B) from which they answer one question from each section and two in total. Section A will have three questions which draw on the material taught in Gender, Work and Family in Semester 1 (SOU22021). Section B will have three questions which draw on the material from Power, State and Social Movements Semester 1 (SOU22041).