What is Sociology? What is Politics? 

You can view a short talk by Prof Mary Corcoran giving an Introduction to the Sociology Degree and a short talk by Prof Mary Murphy giving an Introduction to the Politics Degree

For a slightly different look at what Sociology really is - check out this TikTok introduction to Sociology by Dr. Rebecca King-O'Riain (via Instagram).

It is our goal to make the year enlightening and interesting for you (and therefore for us), but we also want that experience to be as safe and comfortable as possible. You can find out more about our exciting undergraduateMasters and PhD programmes through the relevant pages on our website - and about what you can with a degree in Politics or Sociology, as well as the work of our Centre for the Study of Politics

3rd March: Updated message from the Head of Department, Prof. Seán Ó Riain

Dear students, 

Well done to all of you on working to complete the first semester under difficult circumstances. I want to thank you all for your effort, patience and generosity with each other and with the department teaching and administrative staff over the past month(s). Thanks also to the many of you who were in touch to say how much you appreciate the work of departmental staff on your behalf.

Unfortunately, given the current public health situation, teaching for the rest of the second semester will continue on an online/remote basis. As we have been doing, all arrangements for each module will be communicated through those modules.

Your learning will depend quite heavily on the use of technology - even though this is just a vehicle for our interaction with you. Please read our brief outline of our 8 Hacks for making your life learning through technology easier. 

For details of your subject programme in each year, please go to the Undergraduate Page - and pay special attention to the information under the tabs on Handbooks and Timetables

You will also find details of our teaching approaches this year - in general and each module - on the page for our Blended Learning Hub. This will be the main location for further information about the general departmental approach to teaching and learning this year and I would ask you to visit it regularly for updated information. 

The page also includes information under Who Should I Contact? on who to contact in the department and the university with questions and/or concerns, as well as other details on technology, departmental resources and university resources. . 

Please read the materials available through all these sources for a comprehensive view of the overall programme that you will follow (as far as we can predict it in these uncertain times).

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you have. 

Beir bua

Professor Seán Ó Riain
Department of Sociology
Centre for the Study of Politics
Maynooth University

When we Return ..... 

You can watch a video here on supporting each other when on campus


The Sociology Department is widely acknowledged as a centre of teaching and research excellence as well as an exemplar of public sociology and engagement. 
Maynooth University is a distinctive and stimulating place to learn and to practice the craft of sociology and political analysis. Welcome!

Aithnítear an Roinn Socheolaíochta go forleathan mar lárionad den scoth ó thaobh taighde agus teagasc, chomh maith le mar eiseamláir den rannpháirtíocht agus den tsocheolaíocht phoiblí.  Áit spreagthach faoi leith í an Roinn Socheolaíochta ag Ollscoil Mhá Nuad le bheith ag foghlaim agus le ceird na socheolaíochta agus anailís pholaitiúil a chleachtadh ar chaighdeán ard.  Fáilte!