GLCb1006 Main Issues in Sociology

Fakulta sociálních studií
jaro 2023
1/1/0. 5 kr. Ukončení: zk.
doc. Kateřina Lišková, Ph.D. (přednášející)
doc. Mgr. Pavel Pospěch, Ph.D. (přednášející)
doc. Mgr. Pavel Pospěch, Ph.D.
Katedra sociologie - Fakulta sociálních studií
Kontaktní osoba: doc. Mgr. Pavel Pospěch, Ph.D.
Dodavatelské pracoviště: Katedra sociologie - Fakulta sociálních studií
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Cíle předmětu
The course introduces to the key issues in contemporary sociological discussions. Drawing on classical texts in the discipline, it addresses key topics, such as power, alienation, rationality and performativity and follows the development of thought on these topics from the classical thinkers to contemporary applications. The course is structured into two parts, the first one (8 units) focusing on general sociological theory and the introduction to key sociological terms, and the second one (4 units) dealing with gender theories and with the multiple ways gender issues are entangled in societal arrangements and institutions.
Výstupy z učení
After completing the course, students will be able to:
- Identify key topics in the contemporary discourses in sociology and gender studies
- Use the key terms developed in sociology and gender studies to discuss contemporary developments and apply these terms to empirical cases
- Compare and contrast the major approaches towards the study of society, including interpretative approaches, interactionism, social constructivism, Marxism and others
- Students will be fluent in the basic vocabulary of sociological theory
  • 1. Introduction: key issues in sociology, organization of the course
  • 2. The power of society
  • Key thinkers: Émile Durkheim, Benedict Anderson, Jeffrey Alexander
  • 3. Alienation and commodification
  • Key thinkers: Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci
  • 4. Modernity and rationalization
  • Key thinkers: Max Weber, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer
  • 5. Social forms and modern culture
  • Key thinkers: Georg Simmel, Jean-Francois Lyotard
  • 6. Social construction of reality
  • Key thinkers: Peter Berger, Thomas Luckmann, Alfred Schutz
  • 7. Reading week
  • (no classes)
  • 8. Distinction
  • Key thinkers: Pierre Bourdieu, Robert Putnam
  • 9. Power
  • Key thinkers: Michel Foucault, Norbert Elias
  • 10. Social structures and gender
  • Key thinkers: Sandra Harding
  • 11. Understanding gender in interactions
  • Key thinkers: Candace West, Don Zimmerman
  • 12. Gender as performance
  • Key thinkers: Judith Butler, Iris Marion Young
  • 13. Sexuality and normativity
  • Key thinkers: Michel Foucault
  • Simmel, G. 1991. Money in modern culture. Theory, culture and society 8: 17-31
  • Giddens, Anthony, and Philip W. Sutton. 2010. Giddens Sociology 6e. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Simmel, G. 1997. The Conflict in Modern Culture. In: Frisby, D. & Featherstone, M. (eds). Simmel on Culture. London: Sage. Pp. 75-100.
  • Young, I. M. 1994. "Gender as Seriality: Thinking about Women as a Social Collective". SIGNS -CHICAGO. 19 (3): 713.
  • West, C., & Zimmerman, D. H. 1987. Doing Gender. Gender & Society, 1(2), 125–151.
  • APPELROUTH, Scott. Classical and contemporary sociological theory : text and readings. Edited by Laura Desfor Edles. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Pine Forge Press, 2012. xxiv, 862. ISBN 9781412992336. info
  • BUTLER, Judith. Gender trouble : feminism and the subversion of identity. New York: Routledge, 1999. xxxiii, 22. ISBN 0415924995. info
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. Discipline and punish : the birth of the prison. 1st pub. London: Penguin Books, 1991. 333 s., ob. ISBN 0-14-013722-X. info
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. The history of sexuality. Translated by Robert J. Hurley. New York: Vintage Books, 1990. vii, 293. ISBN 0394751221. info
  • BOURDIEU, Pierre. Distinction : a social critique of the judgement of taste. Translated by Richard Nice. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1984. xiv, 613. ISBN 0674212770. info
  • BERGER, Peter L. a Thomas LUCKMANN. The social construction of reality : a treatise in the sociology of knowledge. 1st pub. London: Penguin Press, 1967. 249 s. ISBN 0140135480. info
Výukové metody
The teaching will consist of two weekly units (lecture with class discussion and seminar elements). Individual preparation is expected, as students will be assigned a reading list for the course. Students’ participation in class discussion is expected and will be strongly encouraged.
Metody hodnocení
To finish the course successfully, students are expected to attend the lectures and participate in class discussions. 3 position papers (30% of the grade) will be submitted during the semester at specified deadlines. A final essay (70% of the grade), to be submitted at the end of the semester, will discuss a common assignment specified at the beginning of the semester.
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