Undergraduate Teaching in the Autumn Trimester

1st September 2020

The University remains committed to the Health and Welfare of its students, faculty and staff and its wider community. It will at all times operate in line with prevailing Government and Public Health advice. 

The University seeks to give you the best possible campus and blended learning experience and considers interaction between students, and between students and faculty, as integral elements of the learning journey.

The information provided below reflects the current planning for our undergraduate programmes in the School of Sociology for the autumn trimester. We recognise that the response to COVID-19 is constantly evolving and our plans must be adaptable to this changing environment. Should restrictions be imposed or removed, the delivery of courses and their assessment may have to change at short notice.

We understand that UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that every face-to-face interaction, especially in larger groups, creates an opportunity for the transmission of the virus. Our students come from all across Ireland and the world, hence, we feel a responsibility to provide a safe environment that protects vulnerable groups, both among our staff and students, but also in their families and that does not undermine the public health efforts made elsewhere in society.

Therefore, the School of Sociology has adopted a more cautious approach. The overwhelming majority of our undergraduate lectures and tutorials will take place online in the autumn trimester. In exceptional circumstances, and permitting health guidelines issued by the government and the university, module coordinators may decide to have some limited face-to-face components. In this case, we ask all students to wear a facemask at all times (also during classes) and also maintain 2m distance to each other at any moment. But even in these cases, all efforts will be made to also make these sessions accessible online. 

At the School of Sociology we are aiming to offer the best possible educational experience that we can provide given the general circumstances and constraints in which we operate. This will include a mix of pre-recorded lectures, podcasts, quizzes, discussion boards and live sessions delivered online. From a pedagogical point of view, our main emphasis is on recreating interactive components in the current situation as best as we can. 

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs. Generally, there will be no timed end-of-term exams unless a module coordinator deems it absolutely necessary for pedagogical reasons.