SOC575 Advanced Methods of Interpretation in Cultural Sociology

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Dr. Werner Binder (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Ing. Radim Marada, Ph.D.
Division of Sociology - Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Mon 13:30–15:00 U35
Good knowledge of English
Interest in qualitative social research
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 24/25, only registered: 0/25, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/25
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Course description: The lecture gives the students an overview over theories, methods and techniques of interpretation important for qualitative social research, particularly in cultural sociology. The first half deals with the fundamentals of interpretation, whereas the second half is devoted to different areas of research and specific methodological instruments.
Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course students should have a broad knowledge in methodology and methods of interpretation used in cultural sociology and related fields. Students should be able to deliver sociological interpretations of images and texts, including interviews and media discourses.
  • I What is Interpretation?
  • II On Methodology
  • III Hermeneutics
  • IV Structuralism
  • V Structural Hermeneutics I
  • VI Structural Hermeneutics II
  • VII Reading Weak
  • VIII Artifacts and Practices
  • IX The Interpretation of Images
  • X Narrative and Interviews
  • XI Discourse Analysis I
  • XII Discourse Analysis II
  • XIII Final Exam
  • Iconic power : materiality and meaning in social life. Edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander - Dominik Bartmanski - Bernhard Giesen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 262 s. ISBN 9780230340053. info
  • SMITH, Philip and Alexander RILEY. Cultural theory : an introduction. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009. 307 p. ISBN 9781405169073. info
  • ALEXANDER, Jeffrey C. The meanings of social life : a cultural sociology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. 296 p. ISBN 9780195306408. info
  • EMMISON, Michael and Philip SMITH. Researching the visual : images, objects, contexts and interactions in social and cultural inquiry. 1st pub. London: SAGE Publications, 2000. xiii, 242. ISBN 0761958460. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Written exam (100%): 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, 50-59 = E, 0-49 = F Additional points may be given for participation during lecture (for example for comments and questions)
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 Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017.
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