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Bachelor 2021/2022

Sociological Theory

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Compulsory course (Sociology)
Area of studies: Sociology
Delivered by: School of Sociology
When: 1 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Language: English
ECTS credits: 8

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Sociological theory is a six modules course for the 1st and 2d years BA students of honors group. Throughout the first module, students deal with questions relating to the nature of sociology; the methodology and methods which sociologists use. The classical foundations of sociological theory, beginning with the works of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, are discussed and followed by those sociologists of the 20th century who had an effect on how we think about and do sociology. The course is taught in English.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This course helps students to be critical of the information they receive and encourages them to think logically and consistently. By the end of the unit students will have gained knowledge and learnt some important skills:
  • This course helps students to be critical of the information they receive and encourages them to think logically and consistently. By the end of the unit students will have gained knowledge and learnt some important skills: to be critical of any data and theories that they read or hear about and, of course, to be critical of their own work
  • to be creative and able to link ideas from this unit and the other disciplines they are studying to create new ways of thinking about social phenomena
  • to be challenged. This is not an easy subject and it requires students to think deeply about the materials and be able to deal with more than one way of thinking about the social world.  to be co-operative and share ideas and materials. It is a good idea to study with other students and friends, and to discuss ideas with them. This is an important skill for the world of work where people are often required to work in teams.
  • to be co-operative and share ideas and materials. It is a good idea to study with other students and friends, and to discuss ideas with them. This is an important skill for the world of work where people are often required to work in teams.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • ability to apply sociological concepts and theories to analyse social phenomena of contemporary society
  • to demonstrate ability to apply sociological concepts and theories to analyse social phenomena of contemporary society
  • to demonstrate ability to interpret the main issues of contemporary society from the sociological point of view
  • to demonstrate ability to participate in sociological discussions
  • to demonstrate ability to read and understand sociological literature
  • to demonstrate ability to write argumentative essays
  • to be creative and able to link ideas from this unit and the other disciplines they are studying to create new ways of thinking about social phenomena
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Part VI. Globalisation and social change
  • Part V. Power in Society
  • Part IV. Sociological theories – 3
  • Part IV. Sociological theories – 2
  • Part III. Sociological theories – 1
  • Part II. Asking and answering sociological questions
  • Part I. Sociological approach to studying human behavior
  • Part VII Contemporary sociological theories -1
  • Part VII Contemporary sociological theories -2
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking weekly essays and class participatioon
  • blocking Winter exam
  • blocking Summer exam
  • non-blocking essay for grading
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.3 * Summer exam + 0.5 * Winter exam + 0.2 * weekly essays and class participatioon
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.7 * Winter exam + 0.3 * weekly essays and class participatioon
  • 2022/2023 1st module
  • 2022/2023 2nd module
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bauman, Z. and May, T. Thinking Sociologically, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2001. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1811104
  • Cuff, E.C., et al. Perspectives in Sociology, Taylor & Francis Group, 2006. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=273809
  • 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
  • Ferguson, Harvie. Phenomenological Sociology : Experience and Insight in Modern Society, SAGE Publications, 2006. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=334489.
  • Lee, David, and Howard Newby. The Problem of Sociology, Routledge, 1983. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=243333.
  • Lin, Jan. The Urban Sociology Reader, edited by Christopher Mele, and Jan van Lin, Routledge, 2012. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1075388.
  • Ritzer, George, and Paul Dean. Globalization : A Basic Text, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2015. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1865614.
  • Schneider, M. A. The Theory Primer : A Sociological Guide, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1343714
  • Scott, John. Social Theory : Central Issues in Sociology, SAGE Publications, 2005. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=354958
  • Segre, Sandro. Contemporary Sociological Thinkers and Theories, Routledge, 2014. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1808762.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Amenta, E., et al. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2012. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=865177
  • Johnson, D. P. Contemporary Sociological Theory: An Integrated Multi-Level Approach, Springer New York 2008
  • Sociology : a global introduction, Macionis, J. J., 2005
  • Turner, Bryan S. Classical Sociology, SAGE Publications, 1999. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=343954