Young Sociologist of the Year
The Young Sociologist of the Year award is an essay-based competition hosted by the UCD School of Sociology and co-sponsored by the Sociological Association of Ireland.
This is the inaugural year of this competition and so we encourage as many schools as possible to get involved.
- The student who is named Young Sociologist of the Year 2019 will win anandroid tablet
- The runner-up will be awarded a €100 One4All voucher
- The teachers of both the winning student and runner-up will also receive One4All vouchers
or even if they just would like to have their essay read and assessed by a UCD academic, then this competition is for them.
Application Guidelines and Assessment Criteria
- Students who wish to participate must submit the essay to their teacher.
- This essay can be a piece of work that has already been completed by the students as part of the coursework for the Politics and Society programme.
- The essay could also be a piece of work that will be relevant to the student’s citizenship project focusing on one of the following topics:
• Topic 1 Power and decision-making in school
• Topic 2 Power and decision-making at national and European level
Strand 2: Active citizenship
• Topic 3 Effectively contributing to communities
• Topic 4 Rights and responsibilities in communication with others
Strand 3: Human rights and responsibilities
• Topic 5 Human rights and responsibilities in Ireland
• Topic 6 Human rights and responsibilities in Europe and the wider world
Strand 4: Globalisation and localisation
• Topic 7 Globalisation and identity
• Topic 8 Sustainable development
- Word count 800-1,000 words
- The teacher will select the “top 3” essays within the class and submit to UCD Sociology for assessment
- Up to a maximum of 3 essay submissions per class is permitted
- The competition is open to both 5th and 6th year students
- Essays must be submitted to UCD Sociology by Friday February 1st, 2019
- The winners of the competition will be announced by the end of March, and will receive a prize
- Prizes will be presented to the winning student and runner-up, and to each of their teachers
- The names and essay titles of the winner and runner-up will be displayed on the School of Sociology website
- Feedback will only be provided on winning essay entries
- Essays can be hand written or typed
essay will be assessed by a panel of academics from the UCD School of Sociology. The essay that
presents the most insightful analysis of a sociologically relevant theme will win.
Contact: Rachel Mc Evoy
Phone: (01) 716 8532
How to Submit the Essays: Complete application form
The application form must be completed and submitted with the essays
Teachers can email their selected essays to firstname.lastname@example.org
Post hard copies of the essays to:
Rachel Mc Evoy
School of Sociology
D419 Newman Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4. Ireland
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Sociology on the Leaving Certificate curriculum
A new specification for Politics and Society was launched on 1st February 2016 and was introduced in a small number of schools in September 2016. It is now studied at 41 schools across the Republic of Ireland. Politics and Society aims to develop the student's ability to be a reflective and active citizen, in a way that is informed by the insights and skills of social and political science. It is a full Leaving Certificate subject, requiring the same amount of class time (180 hours) as all other subjects. The Department of Education and Skills is introducing this specification as part of the commemoration of 1916. It also contributes to the commitment to education for sustainable development.
We are delighted to see so many students begin their studies in Politics and Society. This subject teaches secondary-school students how to begin questioning and analysing the world around them
and developing the ability to become reflective and active citizens in our society.