SOC254 Chapters in Cultural Sociology

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2011
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky, Ph.D. (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
Thu 16:00–17:40 P24
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 60 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/60, only registered: 0/60, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/60
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Course Description:
Arguably, signs, symbols and meanings have always been the province of sociologists but not always their primary concern. Many believe we have finally taken or are in the midst of taking a “cultural turn” in contemporary sociology. Problems of meaning, discourse, aesthetics, value, textuality, and narrativity, topics traditionally within the purview of humanists, have come to the fore as sociologists increasingly emphasize the role of meanings, symbols, cultural frames and cognitive schema in their theorization of social processes and institutions. This course will chart such a move, providing a wide-ranging overview of the ways in which culture has been conceived and utilized in the evolution of contemporary cultural sociological thought, culminating in the Strong Program beginning in the 1990s in the United States.
  • Seminar 1: Introduction to course
  • Seminar 2: Culture in Classical Social Theory/Talcott Parsons / Western Marxism
  • Seminar 3: Symbolic Interactionism, Phenomenology, and Ethnomethodology / The Durkheimians
  • Seminar 4: Structuralism and the Semiotic Analysis of Culture/ The Poststructural Turn.
  • Seminar 5: Culture, Structure, and Agency/ British Cultural Studies
  • Seminar 6: Production and Reception of Culture/ Culture as Text/Psychoanalytic Approaches
  • Seminar 7: No class – reading week
  • Seminar 8: Midterm Exam
  • Seminar 9: Cultural Analysis of Postmodernism & Postmodernity/Postmodern & Poststructural Critical Theory
  • Seminar 10: Race & Gender / The Body in Cultural Theory
  • Seminar 11: The Strong Program in Cultural Sociology – Part I, Introduction & Binary Codes
  • Seminar 12: The Strong Program in Cultural Sociology – Part II, Cultural Trauma Theory
  • Seminar 13: The Strong Program in Cultural Sociology – Part III, Prospects for the Future
Assessment methods
Conditions for passing the course:

1. Written mid-term exam – 25%
2. Short (4-6 page) essay – 25%
3. Written final exam – 50%
Language of instruction
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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