SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Pavel Pospěch, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Bc. Martina Nedomová, DiS. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tomáš Paul (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 12:00–13:40 Aula
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Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The basic aim of the course seeks to uncover the interdependence between the biographical experience of individual social actors and historical dynamics of the institutional structures of society.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, students should be able:
(a) to understand basic concepts of sociology (b) to formulate interpretations of social phenomena by means of sociological concepts.
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The history of sociology. - Harrington (27-35, 46-54), Keller (13-20, 26-36)
  • 3. Karl Marx.- Harrington (73-86), Keller (85-121)
  • 4. Emile Durkheim. - Harrington (87-99), Keller (195-235)
  • 5. Max Weber. - Harrington (103-118), Keller (237-290)
  • 6. Georg Simmel. - Harrington (119-129), Keller (327-360)
  • 7. Late modernity as a risk society I. - Beck 2004, úvod ke knize (9-111)
  • 8. Late modernity as a risk society II. Beck (113-159)
  • 9. Late modernity as a risk society III. - Beck (161-204)
  • 10.Institutional dimensions of modernity I.- Giddens (9-74)
  • 11. Institutional dimensions of modernity II.- Giddens (75-134)
  • 12.Institutional dimensions of modernity III.- Giddens (135‒191))
    required literature
  • BECK, Ulrich. Riziková společnost : na cestě k jiné moderně. Translated by Otakar Vochoč. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2004. 431 s. ISBN 8086429326. info
  • GIDDENS, Anthony. Důsledky modernity. 2. vyd. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2003. 200 s. ISBN 80-86429-15-6. info
    not specified
  • HARRINGTON, Austin. Moderní sociální teorie : základní témata a myšlenkové proudy. Translated by Hana Antonínová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2006. 495 s. ISBN 8073670933. info
  • KELLER, Jan. Dějiny klasické sociologie. Vyd. 2. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2005. 529 s. ISBN 9788086429526. info
Teaching methods
lectures, group project, midterm papers
Assessment methods
The course is finished by a written examination. To obtain credits students also have to write three papers during the term: two short essays and one longer paper that will be a result of a group project in which students try to develop a sociological interpretation of selected phenomena.
Course requirements: (a) 3 short essays and a (b) written exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 1999, Autumn 2000, Autumn 2001, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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