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

1 September 2021: Message to students from the Head of Department, Professor Mary Murphy

Dear students, 

My name is Professor Mary Murphy and as the new Head of the Department of Sociology and Centre for the Study of Politics, I would like to welcome you to our website and our department. Whether you are a first-year undergraduate, a returning student or beginning your postgraduate studies, we hope you have a rich and fulfilling life here in Maynooth University.
Our approach to the study of both Sociology and Politics is informed by our commitment to public sociology and to being engaged and relevant to the world we live in.  Our approach is to be interested, creative, critical, and engaged active citizens interested in shaping the world we share. We encourage you while you are here to get involved with student life, sports, clubs and societies, and particularly to join the MU Politics and Sociology Society and to engage with us through social media (Twitter: @MU_Sociology and @MU__Politics).   
As you get to know us, our work and publications, you will find we research across a broad and diverse range of local, national and international topics. We bring this research to our teaching offering you a very broad choice of modules and subjects, enabling you to craft your own pathway through your degree programme.  You can find out more about this year’s choices and modules in our exciting Undergraduate, Masters and PhD programmes through the relevant pages on our website - and also read about what you can do with a degree in Politics or Sociology as well as the work of our Centre for the Study of Politics 
You will find all you need to know on the different sections of the website and through our social media. You can also email our incredible admin team (sociology.department@mu.ie), our accessible lecturers and tutors, and you can communicate through your class representative. This year, most of our lectures and tutorials are live on-campus and we will do all we can to ensure you are safe and comfortable. Our door is always open, talk to us and tell us what you are thinking and what you might need, we are happy to support you in any way we can.    
Most of all enjoy your time here in Maynooth.
All the best ,

September 2021 video welcome by Professor Mary Murphy:

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!