Contemporary Sociology in Global Age 2
- offer an overview of key issues in contemporary sociology
- apply core substantive and theoretical debates in sociology to a diverse range of empirical societies, including your own
- Able to define and apply the concepts of religion, profane and sacred, secularisation thesis, measurements of secularization, religious forms and religious movements, fundamentalism, ‘clash of civilisations’, jihadism.
- Able to define and apply the concepts of social and biological aspects of the life course, life cycle versus life course, birth cohorts versus generations, generational identity, stages of the life course, social age, ageism, Demographic Transition Model (DTM).
- Able to define and apply the concepts of nation, nationalism, nation-state, Westphalian sovereignty, ‘ethnies’, nations without states, imagined communities, civil society, arguments for and against weakening the role of the state in the process of globalization.
- Able to define and apply the concepts of war, ‘rules of war’, old and new wars, peace processes, ‘positive peace’ versus ‘negative peace’, post-violence societies, genocide, Holocaust, terrorism.
- Able to define and apply the concepts of economic sociology, homo economicus, homo sociologicus, embededdness, trust, the substantive and the formal meaning of ‘economic’, new economic sociology, markets as mechanism versus markets as institution, money, social meaning of money, earmarking.
- Able to define and apply the concepts developed by the Frankfurt School of sociology (false consciousness, totality, reification, commodity fetishism, instrumental reason, one-dimensional man, authoritarian personality, theory of communicative action), consumption, conspicuous consumption, consumerism, informal economy, social organisation of work, flexible labour, 'flexicurity'.
- Able to define and apply the concepts of deviance, (juvenile) delinquency, crime, equilibrium of deviance, sanctions, positive (incentives) or negative (penalties), criminology, nonconformity, anomie, deviant subcultures, labelling theory, criminal careers, ‘paradox of social control’, deviancy amplification, organised crime, piracy, restorative justice, role of prisons.
- Able to define and apply the concepts of health and illness, biomedical model of health, the sick role (Parsons), ‘badness’ versus ‘sickness’, total institutions, 'clinical gaze', 'biomedical discourse', public health policy, medicalisation, bioengineering, ‘biological underclass’, iatrogenesis, impairment and disability, individual model of disability, stigma.
- Able to define and apply the concepts of media, digital revolution, ‘medium is the message’, new media, digital inequality, big data analytics, cybercrime, sociological approaches to mass media – Functionalism, Critical theory, Interactionism, Post Modernism.
- Able to define and apply the concepts of civil inattention, extension, netiquette, compulsion to proximity, virtual communities, virtual reality , new media imperialism, ‘internet galaxy’.
- The life course
- Nations and nationalism
- Conflict and warfare
- Markets and money
- Consumption and work
- Crime in a global context
- Global health and medicine
- Digital media
- New forms of sociation
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.5 * Exam + 0.3 * Midterm Assessment + 0.2 * Seminars’ participation and home assignments
- Dillon, M. Introduction to Sociological Theory: Theorists, Concepts, and Their Applicability to the Twenty-First Century. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) first edition. http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1566387
- Beenstock, Michael. Heredity, Family, and Inequality : A Critique of Social Sciences, MIT Press, 2012. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=3339353.
- Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, & Conflict (2-nd Edition) /Lester Kurtz, editor. -- 2008
- Global Media Ethics: Problems and Perspectives, edited by Stephen J. A. Ward, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2013. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1120866 - ЭБС ProQuest Ebook Central - Academic Complete.
- Juergensmeyer M. (ed.). The Oxford handbook of global religions. – Oxford. - 2011. – 688 p. – URL: https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195137989.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780195137989