SOCn4001 Theoretical Sociology

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 12 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Ing. Radim Marada, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Pavel Pospěch, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 18:00–19:40 U34
! SOC661 Theoretical Sociology
Basic knowledge of sociological theories and methods is presupposed.
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 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 11/20, only registered: 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to: • understand and explain basic sociological paradigms and issues of contemporary sociological theory; • understand and explain key concepts and theoretical frameworks, which form the core of sociological paradigms and make them function as research programs for empirical analyses; • to distinguish between various interpretative capacities of sociological paradigms and their key concepts; • identify and formulate social problems by means of a sociological language and formulate these social problems in terms of sociological conceptual frames; • to interpret various types of empirical data in reference to broader social context.
Learning outcomes
Knowledge of the basic analytical apparatus of contemporary theoretical sociology. Ability to critically interpret and apply articles published in academic journals for own research. Ability to employ relevant analytical apparatus for explaining various social phenomena.
  • 1. Theory and knowledge. - 2. Theory, reality and utopia. - 3. Theory and meaning. - 4. Teorie and explanation. - 5. Basic characteristics of modernity. - 6. The first crisis of modernity. - 7. Organised modernity. - 8. The second crisis of modernity. - 9. The constitution of modern subject. - 10. Modernity and interpretaction.
  • REED, Isaac. Interpretation and social knowledge : on the use of theory in the human sciences. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. 194 s. ISBN 9780226706740. info
  • WAGNER, Peter. A sociology of modernity : liberty and discipline. New York: Routledge, 1994. xv, 267. ISBN 0415081866. info
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. Dějiny sexuality. I, Vůle k vědění : La volonté de savoir : historie de la sexualité. I (Orig.) : Vůle k vědění : dějiny sexuality. I (Variant.). [v Praze]: Herrmann & synové, 1999. 189 s. info
  • COLLINS, Randall. Interaction ritual chains. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2004. xx, 439. ISBN 0691090270. URL info
  • BOURDIEU, Pierre. Distinction : a social critique of the judgement of taste. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 1996. xiv, 613. ISBN 0415045460. info
  • HABERMAS, Jürgen. Problémy legitimity v pozdním kapitalismu. Translated by Alena Bakešová - Josef Velek. Vyd. 1. Praha: Filosofia, 2000. 187 s. ISBN 8070071303. info
  • The new Blackwell companion to social theory. Edited by Bryan S. Turner. Malden, MA, USA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. xvii, 618. ISBN 9781405169004. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminar discussions, essays.
Assessment methods
Position papers, final paper, written examination.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Spring 2023.
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