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The 2019 Foundation Scholarship examinations will take place from the 6th January 2020, 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 Wednesday 13th November 2019 from 10amm-11am 6th floor Conference Room, College Green

Sociology I

This paper contains six questions in two sections (A and B) and students answer one question from each section. Students have 2.5 hours to complete two questions in total. The four questions in Section A are based on the material covered in the Junior Fresher Module “Introduction to Sociology” in the previous year (2017-8) and can be drawn from both the Michaelmas and Hilary Term’s material. Unlike in previous years, the two questions in Section B will be based on three papers on the issue of cultural capital:

  • Jæger, M.M and Breen, R. (2016) A Dynamic Model of Cultural Reproduction, American Journal of Sociology, 121(4), pp1079–1115.
  • Sullivan, A. 2001. ‘Cultural Capital and Educational Attainment’ Sociology. 35(4), pp893-912.
  • 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 the three papers listed and be ready to answer essay questions based on the sociological issue of the socio-economic structuring of educational attainment including the key theoretical points and empirical analyses.

Example Questions:
“The primary role of the educational system in industrial societies is not the development of skills and competences among children, it is the achievement of class advantage through cultural reproduction” Discuss.
Are schools in industrial societies a force for class equalisation or class inequality?

The Foundation Scholarship examinations provided by the Department of Sociology in 2018-19 will follow a different structure from previous years. As in previous years, there are two Sociology papers but in previous years both papers contained a general section B. In 2018-19 the paper does not have a general section but an example paper from 2017-18 is available here: Sample Paper

Sociology II

The Foundation Scholarship Examination Sociology paper 2 will contain nine questions in two sections. As with Paper 1, students answer one question from each section and have 2.5 hours to complete two questions in total. The six questions in section A are based on the material covered in the Michaelmas Term of 2018-9 for SO2110, SO2140, SO2150 and SO2160. Section B contains three questions from which candidates select one. The questions will be based on three papers on the issue of social protest and economic circumstances:

  • Layte, R. and Landy, D. (2018) The Fighting Irish? Explaining the Temporal Pattern of Social Protest During Ireland's Fiscal Crisis 2008-2014, Sociology, pp1-20.
  • Giugni M and Grasso MT (2016) How civil society actors responded to the economic crisis: The interaction of material deprivation and perceptions of political opportunity structures. Politics & Policy 44(3): 447–472.
  • Meyer, D.S (2004) Protest and Political Opportunities, Annual Review of Sociology, 30, pp. 125-145.

Example Questions:

  • Are social movements and social protest better understood as the expression of shared grievances or the mobilisation of social identity by political entrepreneurs?
    “The outbreak of social protest which occurred in Ireland in the autumn of 2014 was a natural consequence of the austerity policies that had been visited on Ireland since 2009”. Discuss.
  • Please remember that this guidance relates only to the content and format of the Foundation Scholarship examinations provided by the Sociology Department of Trinity College Dublin.  Many students also have questions about which papers they should choose to sit for the Foundation Scholarship examination. For those questions, please consult the regulations of your specific degree programme (BESS, PPES, Sociology and Social Policy, TSM Sociology etc.).

The Foundation Scholarship examinations provided by the Department of Sociology in 2018-19 will follow a different structure from previous years.As in previous years Sociology Paper 2 has two sections A and B. Unlike in previous years in 2018-19 the paper does NOT have a general section but an example paper from 2017-18 is available here: Sample Paper

 

(a) BESS including Business Studies and Language candidates

The examination consists of four 2¼ hour papers chosen from the following:

  • Business I and II
  • Economics I and II
  • Political Science I and II
  • Sociology I and II (each Sociology paper contains a compulsory general section)
  • Quantitative Methods

Business studies and Language candidates will be asked to take the following papers:

  • Business I and II
  • Language 1 (Language Fluency inc. Oral)
  • Language 2 (Business Environment)

All papers carry equal marks. Recommendations for scholarship will be based on all four chosen papers, subject to all four papers being passed.



(b) PPES candidates

Candidates are examined in at least three of the constituent disciplines of the degree programme. The examination consists of four 2¼ hour papers chosen from the following:

  • Philosophy II and IV
  • Political Science I and II
  • Economics I and II
  • Sociology I and II
  • Quantitative Methods

Candidates must take at least one paper in each of the three disciplines they pursue in the Senior Freshman year. All papers include one, or more, compulsory general question(s). Philosophy II and IV and Political Science I are full general papers.

All papers carry equal marks. Recommendations for scholarship will be based on all four chosen papers, subject to all four papers being passed.



(c) SocSocPol candidates

Candidates are examined in the subjects of their course up to the end of Michaelmas Term of the Senior Freshman year. The examination consists of four 2¼ hour papers as follows:

  • Sociology I and II (each Sociology paper contains a compulsory general section)
  • Social policy I (general paper) and Social policy II (based on modules of their course up to the end of Michaelmas Term of the Senior Freshman year)

All papers carry equal marks. Recommendations for scholarship will be based on all four papers, subject to all four papers being passed.



(d) TSM candidates

Candidates are examined in the modules of their course up to the end of Michaelmas Term of the Senior Freshman year. The examination in Sociology consists of two 2¼-hour papers as follows:

  • Sociology I and II

Both papers carry equal marks and include a compulsory general section. Please refer to your other department for further information on papers in that half of your course.



(e) European Studies candidates

Candidates are examined in four areas. The two language papers are each of 1.5 hours duration and each carry one sixth of the overall marks. The language papers may include an oral component. The remaining two papers are each of 3 hour duration and each carry one third of the overall marks. Candidates will take the following papers:

Two of: French language, German language, Italian language, Polish language, Russian language, Spanish language, Culture and politics in eighteenth-century Europe.
One paper from the following subject areas (optional subjects): History, Political Science, Sociology, Economics

Application details

You are required to register your choice of examination papers before the Scholarship examination, by the end of Week 5 of Michaelmas Term. Further details on how to register are available on the Academic Registry website.