SOC755 General sociology

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2008
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 15 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
Laura Anne Bunt, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Ing. Radim Marada, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Ing. Radim Marada, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Timetable
Mon 12:00–13:30 U34
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course is designed to provide the students with an understanding of basic sociological issues and perspectives. The course begins with a short introduction to the historical development of sociological theory. The major portion of the course examines the basic principles and conceptual concerns necessary for performing sociological thinking. The course work will rely mainly on short lectures by the lecturers and a follow-up seminar discussion. Students are expected to read and work through the required texts.
Syllabus (in Czech)
  • 1. Classical Sociological Theory Readings: Ritzer, G. Sociological Theory. pp. 1-179. 2. Modern Sociological Theory I. Readings: Ritzer, G. Sociological Theory. pp. 179-336. 3. Modern Sociological Theory II. Readings: Ritzer, G. Sociological Theory. pp. 337-490. 4. Recent Integrative Developments in Sociological Theory Readings: Ritzer, G. Sociological Theory. pp. 491-552. 5. Contemporary Theories of Modernity Readings: Ritzer, G. Sociological Theory. pp. 553-586. 6. Postmodern Social Theory Readings: Ritzer, G. Sociological Theory. pp. 587-640. 7. A comprehensive conceptual scheme and research program in sociology I: sociological analysis of everyday life Readings: Berger Luckmann: The Social Construction of Reality. (Parts I and II) 8. A comprehensive conceptual scheme and research program in sociology II: creating the social and subjective worlds Readings: Berger Luckmann: The Social Construction of Reality. (Part III and IV) 9. Social structure and social action I: the social space Readings: Bourdieu, P. Practical Reason: On the Theory of Action. pp. 1-34. 10. Social structure and social action II: genesis of the state and the logic of social action Readings: Bourdieu, P. Practical Reason: On the Theory of Action. pp. 35-145. 11. Institutional structures of modernity I: the process of disembedding Readings: Giddens, A. The Consequences of Modernity. (Parts I and II) 12. Institutional structures of modernity II: social relations and trust Readings: Giddens, A. The Consequences of Modernity. (Parts III and VI)
Literature
  • 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
Assessment methods (in Czech)
There will be two essays (based on required reading) during the term and a final exam. The final examination is based on all required readings of the course. That is the basic knowledge of introductory sociology as it is found in Anthony Giddens Sociology (4th edition, from the Polity Press) is an object of examination, too.
Language of instruction
English
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Information on course enrolment limitations: Výhradně pro zahraniční studenty programu "Sociology".
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, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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