PH1215 Introduction to Sociology

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2011
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. et Mgr. Pavel Kvaltýn (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Dušan Lužný, Dr. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Jan Zouhar, CSc.
Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Hana Holmanová
Thu 14:10–15:45 zrusena M25
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 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/40, only registered: 0/40
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course is conceived as a combination of reading and teaching. The main objectives of the course are the following: approach to the sociological way of thinking about reality, capability for orientation in principal sociological conceptions, concepts and paradigms, ability to operate with them and to formulate critical reflection about them.
  • 1. Introductory informational meeting
  • 2. Discussion in the intentions of the first reading text (P. Berger: Invitation to the sociology)
  • 3. What is sociology, constitution of the sociology as a science, sociological imagination (in the intentions of Berger's text again), founders of sociology (Comte, Tönnies, Spencer, Tocqueville)
  • 4. Classical sociological theory I (Marx, Durkheim)
  • 5. Classical sociological theory II (Weber, Simmel, psychologismus)
  • 6. Modern sociological discourses (sociology of knowledge, Habermas, Parsons, Mead etc.)
  • 7. Contemporary sociological theory I (Bourdieu, Berger and Luckmann, Bell)
  • 8. Contemporary sociological theory II (Foucault, Giddens, Bauman etc.)
  • 9. Reading week (Berger and Luckmann: Social construction of the reality)
  • 10. Excurcus into the sociological subdisciplines: 1. Sociology of culture, example of theories about sociological analysis of the musical taste
  • 11. Excurcus into the sociological subdisciplines: 2. Theories of globalization
  • 12. Sociological practices: construction of the research
  • 13. Structure and methodology of the research (main conceptions and methods)
  • Pozvání do sociologie :humanistická perspektiva. Edited by Peter L. Berger. 2. vyd. Brno: BARRISTER & PRINCIPAL, 2003. 194 s. ISBN 80-85947-90-0. info
  • BERGER, Peter L. and Thomas LUCKMANN. Sociální konstrukce reality :pojednání o sociologii vědění. Translated by Jiří Svoboda. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 1999. 214 s. ISBN 80-85959-46-1. info
  • KELLER, Jan. Úvod do sociologie. 5. vyd. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2004. 204 s. ISBN 9788086429397. info
  • Jak se vyrábí sociologická znalost :příručka pro uživatele. Edited by Miroslav Disman. 3. vyd. Praha: Karolinum, 2000. 374 s. ISBN 80-246-0139-7. info
  • BAUMAN, Zygmunt and Tim MAY. Myslet sociologicky : netradiční uvedení do sociologie. Translated by Jana Ogrocká. V tomto překladu přeprac. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2004. 239 s. ISBN 8086429288. info
  • GIDDENS, Anthony. Sociologie. Edited by Jan Jařab. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 1999. 595 s. ISBN 8072031244. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, independent work
Assessment methods
Two critical reflections based on given readings (form of short essay), final written test (minimum to pass: 60% of the points).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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