FSS:SOC755 General sociology - Course Information
SOC755 General sociologyFaculty of Social Studies
- Extent and Intensity
- 1/1. 15 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
- Mgr. Benjamin Jeremiah Vail, Ph.D., M.Sc. (lecturer)
- Guaranteed by
- doc. PhDr. Ing. Radim Marada, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
- Wed 12:00–13:30 M117
- 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 / plans the course is directly associated with
- Course objectives
- This course introduces students to the wide range of social theory that has developed over time in the discipline of Sociology, providing exposure to classical, modern, and contemporary theories. The first half of the course surveys the development of sociological thought, while the second half of the semester features in-depth study of three books representative of important themes in the field that continue to shape sociological thinking today. This literature is featured on the required reading list for the final state exam for students to earn the Masters degree in Sociology.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Recall and relate sociological theories and approaches that have developed over time
- Identify and explain major contemporary and historical sociological theories and their relations to individual lifestyle and social history
- Interpret the significance of sociological issues in their daily lives
- Demonstrate their knowledge of sociological theory and contemporary social issues
- Be prepared to pass the State Exam to fulfill requirements to earn the MA degree
- The course is based on weekly seminar meetings in which the required reading is presented and discussed. The weekly topics for the semester include:
- 1. Introduction to Sociology and Social Theory
- 2. Classical Sociological Theory
- 3. Modern Sociological Theory
- 4. Interactionism, Rational Choice, and Feminist Theories
- 5. Micro-Macro, Structure-Agency Integration
- 6. Modernity and Postmodernity
- 7. Social Construction of Reality, by Berger & Luckmann
- 8. Practical Reason, by Bourdieu
- 9. The Consequences of Modernity, by Giddens
- 10. Review and Conclusion
- BOURDIEU, Pierre. Practical reason : on the theory of action. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1998. xi, 153 s. ISBN 0-7456-1625-9. info
- GIDDENS, Anthony. Sociology [Giddens, 1997]. 3rd. ed. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1997. xiv, 625 s. ISBN 0-7456-1802-2. info
- GIDDENS, Anthony. The consequences of modernity. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990. ix, 186. ISBN 0804718911. info
- RITZER, George. Sociological theory. 1st ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. xv, 486. ISBN 0394325168. info
- BERGER, Peter Ludwig and Thomas LUCKMANN. The social construction of reality :a treatise in the sociology of knowledge. 1st pub. London: Penguin Press, 1967. 249 s. ISBN 0-14-013548-0. info
- Teaching methods
- The method of teaching focuses on weekly lectures.
- Assessment methods
- Students are expected to attend every seminar meeting and participate actively in class. There is one mid-term exam covering information presented in class and the required readings up to that point; a comprehensive final exam at the end of the semester tests all information presented during the semester. Students receive a final letter grade (A-F) for the semester based on the following components:
10% – Class participation and attendance
40% – Mid-term exam
50% – Final exam
- Language of instruction
- Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
- Study Materials
Information on course enrolment limitations: Exclusively for Graduate Program in Sociology (English) students and for exchange students.
- Listed among pre-requisites of other courses