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1 Introduction To Sociology Year 1 BA (Honours) in Social & Community Studies Sept 2013 Dr. Michael Ryan

2 Introduction To Sociology The humanly produced social world with all its joys and sufferings…examines both the good things worth fostering and the bad things we strive to remove. Sociology becomes the systematic, sceptical study of all things social. Plummer (2010,p.3). Write down this definition & think about it

3 Welcome to an audio-visual presentation: Exploring Irish Identity In Class Task 1 First viewing - relax and enjoy the audio visual journey As you observe each slide - use the image grid hand-out (1-20) to identify themes & enter some initial thoughts for each slide

4 Identification of Each Image Category ImageCategory

5 Soundtrack for the presentation

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9 Roy Keane Denis Irwin Ireland Qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the U.S.A Image 4

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24 Image 19 Not an Irish Leader in Sight?

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26 Our Picture Parade: Exploring Irish Identity In Class –Task 2 Working in pairs: compare your labels for each theme. Are they the same? Compare your thoughts and perspectives on the themes identified Why were these themes chosen in relation to Irish identity? Do you think these images capture important elements of Irish identity? Is there anything missing? If so - what might it be? Which of these images are most important in capturing Irish identity?

27 Identification of Each Image Category ImageCategory 1. Rural Ireland & Agriculture11. Political Leaders 2. Rural Towns12. Irish Writers 3. Dublin & Corporate Identity13. Important Institutions 4. Sporting Ireland14. Education 5. GAA & county15. Homelessness & Unemployment 6. Family Life16. Media & Social Media 7. Ireland & The Developing World17. Relationship with England - Colonialism 8. Travellers & Minority Groups18. EU, USA & Australia 9. Comedy – Irish humour19. Ireland & Global Politics 10. Entertainment – Music & Big Screen20. Popular TV Crime Drama (Love Hate)

28 Your Task For This weeks tutorial Respond to the following Forum Post on your Moodle page: Forum Post All of our identities are shaped by various cultural influences. My identity has been shaped to a large degree by the following influences…

29 Key Sociological Theories-we will explore in the coming weeks Symbolic Interactionism Structural Functionalism Labelling Theory See the Powerpoint/Adobe file presentations on each of these


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