SOC103a Seminar to Contem. Sociological Theory

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. et Mgr. Gábor Oláh, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D. (lecturer)
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
Thu 20. 2. 12:00–13:40 U34, Thu 27. 2. 12:00–13:40 U34, Thu 5. 3. 12:00–13:40 U34, Thu 12. 3. 12:00–13:40 U34, Thu 19. 3. 12:00–13:40 U34, Thu 26. 3. 12:00–13:40 U34, Thu 2. 4. 12:00–13:40 U34, Thu 9. 4. 12:00–13:40 U34, Thu 23. 4. 12:00–13:40 U34, Thu 30. 4. 12:00–13:40 U34, Thu 7. 5. 12:00–13:40 U34, Thu 14. 5. 12:00–13:40 U34
Prerequisites (in Czech)
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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
At the end of the course students should be able to:
understand and explain basic sociological paradigms and issues of contemporary sociological theory;
understand and explain key concepts and theoretical frameworks, which form the core of sociological paradigms and make them function as research programs for empirical analyses;
to distinguish between various interpretative capacities of sociological paradigms and their key concepts;
identify and formulate social problems by means of a sociological language and formulate these social problems in terms of sociological conceptual frames;
to interpret various types of empirical data in reference to broader social context.
Learning outcomes
Knowledge of the basic analytical apparatus of general sociological theory Ability to understand basic social processes on macro and macro level Basic knowledge of the processes of modernization Ability to employ relevant analytical apparatus for explaining various social processes and problems
  • Introduction
  • Domination, instution ,symbolic power
  • The Logic of Social action
  • Society as an Objective Reality
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Sociology, socialization, culture
  • Reading week
  • Modernity and the Legitimation Crisis
  • Modernity and social differentiation
  • Theory of Structuration
  • Power and Knowledge
  • Postmodernism
  • Keller, Jan. 2015. Odsouzeni k modernitě. Praha: Novela Bohemica.
  • BUDEN, Boris. Konec postkomunismu : od společnosti bez naděje k naději bez společnosti. Translated by Radovan Baroš. V Praze: Rybka, 2013. 292 s. ISBN 9788087067703. info
  • HAUSER, Michael. Cesty z postmodernismu : filosofická reflexe doby přechodu. Vyd. 1. Praha: Filosofia, 2012. 280 s. ISBN 9788070073827. info
  • HOLÝ, Ladislav. Malý český člověk a skvělý český národ : národní identita a postkomunistická transformace společnosti. Edited by Zdeněk Uherek. 2. vyd. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2010. 233 s. ISBN 9788074190186. info
  • ADORNO, Theodor W. and Max HORKHEIMER. Dialektika osvícenství : filosofické fragmenty. Translated by Michael Hauser - Milan Váňa. Vydání první. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2009. 247 stran. ISBN 9788072982677. info
  • BOURDIEU, Pierre. The rules of art : genesis and structure of the literary field. Translated by Susan Emanuel. First published. Cambridge: Polity, 1996. xviii, 410. ISBN 9780745611525. info
  • GIDDENS, Anthony. The constitution of society :outline of the theory of structuration. 1st ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984. xxxvii, 40. ISBN 0-520-05728-7. info
  • BERGER, Peter L., Brigitte BERGER and Hansfried KELLNER. The homeless mind : modernization and consciousness. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1974. 232 s. ISBN 0140218343. info
Teaching methods
seminars, presentations
Assessment methods
Presenations in all seminars. Short essays and position papers. Term paper.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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