SOC757 Contemporary Sociological Theory

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/2/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
doc. PhDr. Ing. Radim Marada, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petr Kubala (seminar tutor)
Supervisor
prof. PhDr. Ladislav Rabušic, CSc.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Prerequisites (in Czech)
NOW ( SOC757a Seminar to Contem Sociol Theor )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/15, only registered: 0/15
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
understand major paradigmatic areas of contemporary social theory and sociological research,
discussing texts by sociological classics of the second half of the 20th century and by authorities in social theory who draw on, develop, and modify the classical traditions today,
understanding continuities and discontinuities in contemporary social thought,
comprehend links between the micro and macro levels of social research and analysis,
demonstrate the empirical relevance of abstract sociological concepts.
Syllabus
  • Introduction to the course
  • Foundations of Social Theory
 - Turner, Bryan S. 2008. The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 17-80.
  • Actions, Actors and Systems
 - Turner, Bryan S. 2008. The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 81-196.
  • Perspectives on Social and Cultural Analysis - 
Turner, Bryan S. 2008. The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 197-321.
  • Sociology and the Social Sciences
 - Turner, Bryan S. 2008. The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 322-474.
  • New Developments in Social Theory
 - Turner, Bryan S. 2008. The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 475-566.
  • Reading week
  • Radical Microsociology
 - Collins, Randall. 2004. Interaction Ritual Chains. Princeton: Princeton University Press. pp.3-46
  • Emotional Energy and Transient Emotions - 
Collins, Randall. 2004. Interaction Ritual Chains. Princeton: Princeton University Press. pp.47-140.
  • Interaction Markets and Material Markets
 - Collins, Randall. 2004. Interaction Ritual Chains. Princeton: Princeton University Press. pp.141-182.
  • Internalized Symbols and the Social Prosess of Thinking - 
Collins, Randall. 2004. Interaction Ritual Chains. Princeton: Princeton University Press. pp.183-222.
  • Applied Radical Micorsociology - 
Collins, Randall. 2004. Interaction Ritual Chains. Princeton: Princeton University Press. pp.223-344.
  • Individualism and Inwardness as Social Product - 
Collins, Randall. 2004. Interaction Ritual Chains. Princeton: Princeton University Press. pp.345-374.
Literature
  • Turner, Bryan S. 2008. The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • COLLINS, Randall. Interaction ritual chains. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2004. xx, 439. ISBN 0691090270. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussions, presentations.
Assessment methods
position papers, individual presentations, final paper, written exam, activity in the class discussions.
Language of instruction
English
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Only for "Sociology", "Cultural Sociology" programs and Sociology exchange students
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
Teacher's information
The course introduces students into major paradigmatic areas of contemporary social theory and sociological research. It builds on reading and discussing texts by sociological classics of the second half of the 20th century and by authorities in social theory who draw on, develop, and modify the classical traditions today.

Understanding continuities and discontinuities in contemporary social thought is one important aim of the course. Therefore it includes examples of older classical texts that inspire the present-day theories either as assigned readings or as presentations given by individual students.

In the main part of the course we focus, among others, upon links between the micro and macro levels of social research and analysis. In this way, the empirical relevance of abstract sociological concepts is to be brought to light. Selected prominent issues in contemporary social theory will be, in turn, discussed within paradigmatic theoretical contexts introduced throughout the course. The classes are intended as seminars, rather than lectures. Students work consists in intensive reading of assigned texts and active participation in the class discussions. Particular attention will be paid to students capacity to understand and present theoretical concepts and paradigms in empirical terms. Students are graded on the basis of their performance in the class test, the quality of their oral presentation, and especially the excellence of the final essay. Their activity in the class discussions will also be taken into account.

Requirements for 15 ECTS credits: (a) 11 position papers, (b) 3 individual presentations, (c) final paper, (d) written exam, (e) activity in the class discussions.

Requirements for 10 ECTS credits: (a) 11 position papers, (b) 2 individual presentation, (c) final paper, (d) activity in the class discussions.

Assignments:

Final paper assignment The paper should be submitted to ISMU. Deadline: 20.01.2009 The final paper consists of critical interpretation of a citation. It should contain 2000 words (there is a tolerance from 1800 to 2200 words). The essay has to contain (a) a short recapitulation of a core idea from the citation, (b) an interpretation of this core idea grounded in a wider theoretical context, and (c) a critical commentary based on a secondary literature. The final paper must follow the classic format: The paper has a specific title related to its content and main thesis. Students put their name under the title. The first part provides an introduction to the main thesis of the paper. Then, in the main part of the paper, arguments and counterarguments are developed and illustrative examples and evidence for and against them are provided. Finally, it restates the main thesis in the conclusion. The paper ends with bibliography in ASA citation format. (http://www.calstatela.edu/library/bi/rsalina/asa.styleguide.html) Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and will constitute grounds for failing the course. Generally, students are expected to use their own words and develop their own arguments, but if they do borrow ideas or words from someone else, this must be acknowledged. All direct quotes must be in quotation marks. Both direct quotes and ideas from someone else that are paraphrased must be associated with a precise bibliographic reference in ASA citation format that in addition includes page numbers! Students can be asked by instructors to provide an evidence of their reading of all texts that are included in their bibliography.

Position papers Position papers (cca 2 pages i.e. 3600 characters), submitted to the ISMU. For detailed instructions see: [http://web.ceu.hu/writing/position.htm].

Presentations Individual presentation includes cca 15 minutes resume and interpretation of a seminar reading. Students have to use slides (minimally 3 maximally 10 slides). Presentations should be submitted to the ISMU in a PDF format in the same day as they are presented in the seminar.

The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017.
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