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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Sociological Theory

2018/2019
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты

Автор программы


Каплун Виктор Львович
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 4 модуль

Преподаватели


Стахура Матеуш Себастиан

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course lasts for three years. The third year combines all the knowledge students got in the first two years of the course. The logic of the course and its structure are defined by the variety of answers for the questions about the conditions of formation, maintaining and reconfiguration/ destruction of the samples of social organization, and about the possible ways to analyze these processes suggested by sociology. We start from the very basic elements of explanation of social action and then proceed to understanding the nature of causal explanations in social science.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • develop the skill of interpreting empirical data applying different sociological theories
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Methodological issues on sociology, part I. Explanation and understanding
    Understanding sociology M. Weber. Explanation and understanding of economic life.
  • Methodological issues on sociology, part II. “Micro”-“macro” dilemma
    Institutional individualism.
  • Methodological issues on sociology, part III. Materialism vs idealism
    Norms and rationality in electoral participation.
  • Special theories, part I. Rational choice theory and its application
    The theory of rational choice in economic sociology.
  • Special theories, part II. Structuralism and P.Bourdieu’s theory
    Class and habitus. Social criticism of judgment.
  • Special theories, part III. Weberian approach
    Types of rationality M. Weber. Rationalization.
  • Special theories, part IV. Institutionalism
    The 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 theory
    Social system. Principles of stratification.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Activities in class
  • non-blocking Presentation of a report
  • non-blocking Final exam 3rd year
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.35 * Activities in class + 0.3 * Final exam 3rd year + 0.35 * Presentation of a report
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 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

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • 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