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Revised and updated edition of this comprehensive introduction to the world of sociology incorporating key contemporary issues, with particular reference to the Irish perspective. * New to this edition: * Reflects all changes in the revised Social Studies module [5N1370] *Provides the most recent statistics related to the area of sociology *Introduces reflective and investigative skills for use on current social issues * Advises on strategies for study and preparation for examinations, as well as note-taking skills and revision methods. *Highlights key sociological theories, concepts and topics, while introducing and examining social stratification in Irish society. *Facilitates an individual's basic understanding of their position as an individual, a family member and as part of a community and wider society. *Introduces the process and agents of socialisation by analysing family, peer groups, education and media, and their impact. *Examines the role and function of the family within society, in particular within an Irish context, and how the structure of the family has evolved and developed in recent times. *Discusses discrimination and its impact on individuals and society. *Details various survey methods, observation skills and research methodologies, and provides pointers on documenting, referencing, and analysis and presentation of research findings. Written For: The revised NFQ Level 5 Social Studies module [5N1370] as part of the following major awards: * Intellectual Disability Practice 5M1761 * Applied Social Studies 5M2181 * Journalism 5M2464 * Community Care 5M2786 * Community Development 5M3050 * Healthcare Support 5M4339 * Nursing Studies 5M4349 * Community Health Services 5M4468 * Youth Work 5M4732 * Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009 Suitable also for those studying BTEC and HETAC subjects within the fields of Social Science and Healthcare.