- develop the skill of interpreting empirical data applying different sociological theories
- Ability to use sociological theory for development of sociological research design, be able to differentiate social actions and social behavior, explain social actions through social mechanisms, understand the link between micro-actions and macro-outcomes, generate simple middle-range theories, develop academic skills in reading, writing, and presentation.
- Methodological issues on sociology, part I. Explanation and understandingUnderstanding sociology M. Weber. Explanation and understanding of economic life.
- Methodological issues on sociology, part II. “Micro”-“macro” dilemmaInstitutional individualism.
- Methodological issues on sociology, part III. Materialism vs idealismNorms and rationality in electoral participation.
- Special theories, part I. Rational choice theory and its applicationThe theory of rational choice in economic sociology.
- Special theories, part II. Structuralism and P.Bourdieu’s theoryClass and habitus. Social criticism of judgment.
- Special theories, part III. Weberian approachTypes of rationality M. Weber. Rationalization.
- Special theories, part IV. InstitutionalismThe problem of "iron cells". Organizational field. Institutional isomorphism. Collective rationality in organizational fields. Institutionalized organizations. Formal structure as a myth and ceremonial.
- Special theories, part V. Functionalism and the systems theorySocial system. Principles of stratification.
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.35 * Activities in class + 0.3 * Final exam 3rd year + 0.35 * Presentation of a report
- Abrutyn, S. (2016). Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory. Switzerland: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1251393
- Segre, S. (2014). Contemporary Sociological Thinkers and Theories. Farnham, Surrey: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=797017