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Joint Honours Sociology

Allows students to study two subjects to degree level with advanced specialisation in one or both subjects depending on their course choices.

What is Joint Honours Sociology?

The Joint Honours programme offers a choice of 15 subjects which complement the study of philosophy such as history, geography Spanish and a range of other languages.

Course Structure

In the Joint Honours programme, sociology can be studied with any of the following subjects according to two patterns (A) where two subjects are studied equally for four years and (B) where both subjects are studied for three years, but only one is studied in the fourth year:

Joint Honours Sociology – Second Subject Options
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Modern language
  • Russian
  • German
  • Social Policy
  • English Literature
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • Italian
  • Middle Eastern Jewish and Islamic Civilisations
  • Modern Irish
  • Spanish
  • In the first year students take three modules - Political Science, Economic Policy and a core module in Sociology.
  • In the second and third years, the Sociology modules (three per year) become more specialised, involving both social theory, research methodology, and other optional modules.
  • Students also have the opportunity to spend half or all of their third year studying abroad at distinguished universities in Europe, Australia and North America.
  • Students continuing with Sociology in the final year take a further four modules, including an independent dissertation, involving your own research conducted under the supervision of one of the lecturers in Sociology.
  • Students who finish up in Sociology at the end of third year still get a joint degree in their two chosen subjects (e.g. Sociology and Geography).

Is it for me?

Yes, if you want to understand the social changes taking place in the world today, and you are curious about people and society. Students also gain the ability to understand topical issues and to present and communicate information and thoughts coherently. In addition, students learn invaluable analytical, communication, research and presentation skills – transferable skills which can be applied to a wide range of careers and postgraduate programmes.

Sociology graduates find that their broad training and appreciation of how society and people work means they can thrive in careers in the media, journalism, consulting, academia and teaching, policy analysis, non-governmental organisations, management, and advisory roles in the public service.

What are the entry requirements?

Each combination of two subjects has a different CAO course code and entry requirements. Please visit the Study at Trinity website for additional details regarding admissions requirements.