SOp237 Philosophical Aspects of Social Science

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
RNDr. Michal Černý (lecturer)
PhDr. Denisa Denglerová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Radim Šíp, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Radim Šíp, Ph.D.
Department of Social Education - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Štěpařová
Supplier department: Department of Social Education - Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
SOp237/01: Wed 11:00–12:50 kancelář vyučujícího, D. Denglerová, R. Šíp
THE COURSE IS OPEN TO ALL MU STUDENTS Basic knowledge of philosophy and sociology at the level of bachelor study of non-philosophical and non-sociological orientation.
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 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 5/25, only registered: 0/25, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
THE COURSE IS OPEN TO ALL MU STUDENTS The aim of the subject is to point out the current changes between the concept of natural and social sciences, 1) the convergence of their origins, 2) the differences in the phenomena to which the branch focuses.
Learning outcomes
• to understand the role of science in human life • to characterize the traditional features of the natural and the social sciences • to understand the differences in the methodology of the natural and the social sciences • to explain the reasons for the partial approximation of the two branches of science
  • 1. Natural versus social sciences, positivism and phenomenology. 2. 19th century and the creation of a modern system of scientific disciplines. 3. Sociology and psychology as strict sciences of natural science. 4. Social sciences making free. 5. Weber and ideally typical research, phenomenological turnover, Chicago school, constructivism. 6. Convergence of social and natural sciences in the 21st century. 7. Science and society.
    required literature
  • Berger, P. L. & Luckmann, T. (1999). Sociální konstrukce reality. Brno: CDK.
  • Lakoff, G. (2006). Oheň, ženy a nebezpečné věci. Praha: Triáda.
  • Šíp, R. (2015). Pedagogika a paradigmatický obrat v metodologii a teorii. Pedagogická orientace, 25(5), s. 671–699.
  • Fajkus, B. (2005). Filosofie a metodologie vědy. Praha: Academia.
    recommended literature
  • Dewey, J. (2012). Unmodern philosophy and modern philosohy. Carbondale: Souther Illinois University Press.
  • Cohen, R. S. & Wartovsky, M. W. (1983). Epistemology, Methodology, and Social Sciences. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Damasio, A. (2000). Descartesův omyl. Emoce, rozum a lidský mozek. Praha: Mladá fronta.
  • Damasio, A. R. (2018). The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures. Pantheon.
  • Johnson, M. (2008). Meaning and the body. New Scientist, 197(2638), 46-47.
Teaching methods
lecture, text analysis, group discussion
Assessment methods
analysis of the submitted text, test / oral examination
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018, autumn 2020.
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