SOCb1004 Beginner's seminar of Introduction to Sociology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught online.
Mgr. et Mgr. Jiří Navrátil, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Iva Šmídová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Ing. Radim Marada, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Ing. Bc. Martina Nedomová, DiS. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Alica Rétiová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Iva Šmídová, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Timetable of Seminar Groups
SOCb1004/01: Mon 12:00–13:40 U35, J. Navrátil
SOCb1004/02: Tue 10:00–11:40 U34, I. Šmídová
SOCb1004/03: Wed 12:00–13:40 U33, R. Marada
SOCb1004/04: Thu 8. 10. 14:00–15:40 U33, Thu 15. 10. 14:00–15:40 U33, Thu 22. 10. 14:00–15:40 U33, Thu 29. 10. 14:00–15:40 U33, Thu 5. 11. 14:00–15:40 U33, Thu 12. 11. 14:00–15:40 U33, Thu 19. 11. 14:00–15:40 P22, Thu 26. 11. 14:00–15:40 U33, Thu 3. 12. 14:00–15:40 U33, Thu 10. 12. 14:00–15:40 U33, Thu 17. 12. 14:00–15:40 U33, Thu 7. 1. 14:00–15:40 U33, Thu 14. 1. 14:00–15:40 U33, A. Rétiová
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! NOW ( SOC104 Beginner's sem.of soc. ) && ! SOC104 Beginner's sem.of soc.
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 120 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 76/120, only registered: 0/120
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
understand main topics, theories and discussions in the field of sociological thinking;
apply basic concepts of sociology;
practice the use of critical arguments in academic discussions;
to write position papers and a review article.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, students should be able:
(a) to understand basic sociological concepts and theories (b) to connect theoretical knowledge with empirical facts (c) to summarize the main point of sociological texts required for reading (d) to write a short academic essay
  • Sociology as a form of knowledge I: Mills
  • Sociology as a form of knowledge II: Berger
  • Individual and society I: Simmel
  • Individual and society II: Goffman
  • Individual and society III: Bauman
  • Structures of power I: Marx, Engels
  • Structures of power II: Weber
  • Structures of power III: Merton
  • Social change I: Durkheim
  • Social change II: Elias
  • MILLS, Charles Wright. Sociologická imaginace. Edited by Todd Gitlin, Translated by Václav Dušek. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2002. 310 s. ISBN 80-86429-04-0. info
  • Pozvání do sociologie :humanistická perspektiva. Edited by Peter L. Berger. 2. vyd. Brno: BARRISTER & PRINCIPAL, 2003. 194 s. ISBN 80-85947-90-0. info
  • SIMMEL, Georg. Peníze v moderní kultuře a jiné eseje. Translated by Otakar Vochoč. 2. vyd. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2006. 206 s. ISBN 8086429598. info
  • GOFFMAN, Erving. Všichni hrajeme divadlo :sebeprezentace v každodenním životě. Vyd. 1. Praha: Nakladatelství Studia Ypsilon, 1999. 247 s. ISBN 80-902482-4-1. info
  • BAUMAN, Zygmunt. Modernita a holocaust. Translated by Jana Ogrocká. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2003. 331 s. ISBN 80-86429-23-7. info
  • MARX, Karel and Bedřich ENGELS. Vybrané spisy v pěti svazcích. 1. svazek (1843-1849) : Vybrané spisy (Variant). Translated by Bohumil Franěk. 1. vyd. Praha: Svoboda, 1976. 580 s. info
  • WEBER, Max. Autorita, etika a společnost : pohled sociologa do dějin. Translated by Jan J. Škoda. 1. české vyd. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1997. 294 s. ISBN 8020406115. info
  • MERTON, Robert King. Studie ze sociologické teorie. Translated by Jana Ogrocká. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2000. 285 s. ISBN 80-85850-92-3. info
  • DURKHEIM, Émile. Společenská dělba práce. Translated by Pavla Doležalová. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2004. 375 s. ISBN 8073250411. info
  • O procesu civilizace : sociogenetické a psychogenetické studie. Edited by Norbert Elias, Translated by Josef Boček. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2006. 338 s. ISBN 8072038389. info
Teaching methods
Seminars, presentations, group projects.
Assessment methods
presence, presentation, 10 written summaries from reading, a final paper.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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