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Bachelor 2019/2020

Sociological Theory

Type: Elective course (Sociology and Social Informatics)
Area of studies: Sociology
When: 3 year, 4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course lasts for three years. The third year combines all the knowledge students got in the first two years of the course. The logic of the course and its structure are defined by the variety of answers for the questions about the conditions of formation, maintaining and reconfiguration/ destruction of the samples of social organization, and about the possible ways to analyze these processes suggested by sociology.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • develop the skill of interpreting empirical data applying different theoretical constructs and models
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • ability to use sociological theory for development of sociological research design
  • be able to differentiate social actions and social behavior
  • explain social actions through social mechanisms
  • understand the link between micro-actions and macro-outcomes
  • generate simple middle-range theories
  • develop academic skills in reading, writing, and presentation
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Epidemic spread in country context and its’ factors
  • Strategies of pandemic prevention in comparative perspective
  • Impacts of the pandemic: expected and unexpected
  • The economic policy response to crisis and pandemic
  • Individual rights versus common good
  • Сivic initiatives
  • Debates on cultural consumption
  • Organizational analysis of cultural production
  • Sociological theory underlying network analysis
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Tests
  • non-blocking Class activity and presentations
  • non-blocking Argumentative essay 1st version
  • non-blocking Argumentative essay final version
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.2 * Argumentative essay 1st version + 0.3 * Argumentative essay final version + 0.3 * Class activity and presentations + 0.2 * Tests
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Abrutyn, S. (2016). Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory. Switzerland: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1251393

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Segre, S. (2014). Contemporary Sociological Thinkers and Theories. Farnham, Surrey: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=797017