SOC755 General sociology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2010
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.
Division of Sociology - Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Mon 10:00–11:40 M117
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 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/15, only registered: 0/15, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 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: For Masters students from any dpt in FSS and for Graduate Program in Sociology (English) students and for exchange students.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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