SOCb2159 The history of Sociology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/2/0. 6 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: z (credit). Other types of completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Roman Vido, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Iva Šmídová, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Mon 14:00–15:40 P21
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! SOC259 Reading Clasics
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 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 30/30, only registered: 22/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is introduce the students to the key figures and ideas of the classical period of sociology (from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century), when the foundations of the field on which sociology was built in later decades were laid.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to identify basic ideas and theses in the selected readings, to interpret their meanings, to apply them on the social reality of contemporary societies as well as compare different sociological analyses of the life in modern societies.
  • 1. Introduction 2. Protosociology I: Alexis de Tocqueville 3. Protosociology II: Karl Marx 4. The birth of scientific sociology: positivism (A. Comte, H. Spencer) 5. Sociology as the scientific study of social facts I: Émile Durkheim 6. Sociology as the scientific study of social facts II: Émile Durkheim 7. Reading week 8. Sociology as the scientific study of social action I: Max Weber 9. Sociology as the scientific study of social action II: Max Weber 10. Sociology as the scientific study of social forms I: Georg Simmel 11. Sociology as the scientific study of social forms II: Georg Simmel 12. Origins of American sociology I: Thorstein Veblen 13. Origins of American sociology II: George Herbert Mead
  • CUIN, Charles-Henry and François GRESLE. Dějiny sociologie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), 2008. 265 s. ISBN 9788086429335. info
  • DURKHEIM, Émile. Sociologie a filosofie ; Sociologie a sociální vědy. Edited by Émile Durkheim, Translated by Danuše Navrátilová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 1998. 175 s. ISBN 8085850575. info
  • DURKHEIM, Émile. Společenská dělba práce. Translated by Pavla Doležalová. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2004. 375 s. ISBN 8073250411. info
  • KELLER, Jan. Dějiny klasické sociologie. Vyd. 2. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2005. 529 s. ISBN 9788086429526. info
  • MARX, Karl. Hledání ztraceného smyslu práce : výbor textů o člověku a práci. Edited by Radek Holodňák, Translated by Jakub Chavalka - Bernard Soška. 1. vydání. V Praze: Koridor, filozofický spolek při FHS UK, z.s., 2019. 132 stran. ISBN 9788027068081. info
  • MEAD, George Herbert. Mysl, já a společnost. Edited by Roman Madzia - Ondřej Fafejta. Vydání první. Praha: Portál, 2017. 247 stran. ISBN 9788026211808. info
  • SIMMEL, Georg. Filosofie peněz. Translated by Milan Váňa. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2011. 626 s. ISBN 9788020019202. info
  • SIMMEL, Georg. Peníze v moderní kultuře a jiné eseje. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 1997. 206 s. ISBN 8085850508. info
  • TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. Demokracie v Americe. Translated by Vladimír Jochmann. Vyd. 2., v nakladatelství A. Praha: Academia, 2000. 624 s. ISBN 8020008292. info
  • VEBLEN, Thorstein. Teorie zahálčivé třídy. Edited by Miloslav Petrusek, Translated by Jana Ogrocká. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 1999. 344 s. ISBN 8085850710. info
  • WEBER, Max. Autorita, etika a společnost : pohled sociologa do dějin. Translated by Jan J. Škoda. 1. české vyd. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1997. 294 s. ISBN 8020406115. info
  • WEBER, Max. Metodologie, sociologie a politika. Translated by Miloš Havelka. 2., opr. vyd. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2009. 351 s. ISBN 9788072983896. info
Teaching methods
lecture, reading, class discussion
Assessment methods
2 written tests
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2019, Autumn 2019.
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