30528 - SOCIOLOGY
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 23
This course is designed to be a broad introduction to the field of sociology. Students encounter some of the most influential theories developed, imagined and used by sociologists to make sense of the social world. We discuss and acquire familiarity with the concepts sociologists typically use in their work, and with some of the core methods sociologists employ to investigate the social world. For instance, students gain an understanding of what sociologists mean when they talk about culture, socialization and social structure, and how sociologists analyse these concepts linking theory and empirical analyses. The course also encourages students to think critically (i.e. as a social scientist, about human life and societies and develop their own questions about social life). Finally, the course pays particular attention to the broad themes of inequality as it pertains to race, class and gender, the digital revolution and the social changes it brought about, and family changes, by adopting a life course perspective.
What is Sociology?
Asking and answering sociological questions.
Social stratification and its dimensions.
Occupations and occupational change.
Returns to education
Race, Ethnicity and Migration
Values, norms and socialization
Gender and Sexuality
Crime and deviance
Families and intimate relationships
The life course
- Autonomously and critically search, and understand, sociological research on a wide range of topics, with diverse methodological approaches, linking this research to wider knowledge across the spectrum of social sciences.
- Cast sociological explanatory hypotheses on a wide range of social phenomena, in particular concerning policy-relevant issues, and to sketch research designs useful to test such hypotheses.
- Face-to-face lectures
- Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
- Interactive class activities: in almost every lecture there are interactive class activties, such as role playing, puzzles to be solved in group, designing online surveys.
|Continuous assessment||Partial exams||General exam|
Students can choose between two options:
- A written exam or two partial exams (each with a 2/5 weight towards the overall grade), plus a short paper, written individually or together with another student (with a 1/5 weight towards the overall grade).
- A written exam, either taken through two partial exams (each with a 1/2 weight towards the overall grade) or one general exam (with a 100% weight towards the overall grade).
- Exams: written exams include both short answers and essay-style questions. The questions cover theory, and interpretation of the results of applied research. The exam covers all topics of the course. Material covered in the lectures, in the text book and other set readings may be included in the exam.
- Book: A. GIDDENS, P.W. SUTTON, Sociology, Polity, 8th Edition.
- Readings: a set of readings and lecture slides are available on Bboard.