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Sociology

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
4
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
1 year, 3, 4 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This introductory course provides students with basic knowledge on the most important aspects of scientific inquiry within sociology. The course is organized as discussion of different social issues and areas with frameworks provided by classical and modern sociological theory. Priority will be given to students of English-language programmes.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to understand the role of sociology, its theoretical resources and key sociological concepts and gain ability of critical thinking on different social issues
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to identify and assess the "social facts" that are related to studies in business and management;
  • Ability to use sociological theories in research and understand social mechanisms of different actions and behaviours;
  • Competence in academic reading, writing, and discussion.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: Overviewing course structure, content, ILO and assessment methods. Basic concepts and main theories in sociology. How and why sociology is important in business and management studies.
  • Classical sociological theories
  • Social stratification and inequality. Groups and social boundaries
  • Markets and forms of economic integration
  • Sociology of religion: public vs private
  • Sociology of family. Marriage, childbirth and demographic transition theories
  • Sociology of organizations. Collective rationality and institutional isomorphism in organizational fields.
  • Social movements and changes
  • Urban sociology and institutions
  • Gender studies and theories
  • Sociology of consumption. Cultural industries and fashion
  • Education systems and socialization
  • Medical institutions and health
  • Research methods and data analysis in sociology
  • Norms, roles and values
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Classroom discussions and tasks
    Class activity is mainly based on in-depth discussion of the assigned readings. Each seminar will be facilitated as an inquiry in which all participants hold themselves and each other accountable for a strong and rich intellectual dialogue.
  • non-blocking Take-home tasks
    Take-home tasks are organized in the form of short essay and small group tasks/presentations
  • non-blocking MOOC final test
    This is the Coursera Classical Sociological Theory final test. This test contains 87 question. To pass this test students need to answer at least 57 questions correct.
  • non-blocking Final exam 1st year
    Exam is organized as written test with close- and open-ended questions on the readings and discussions of the course
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.3 * Final exam 1st year + 0.2 * MOOC final test + 0.25 * Classroom discussions and tasks + 0.25 * Take-home tasks
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
  • Rousseau, N. (2014). Society Explained : An Introduction to Sociology. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=752270

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Dillon, M. (2014). Introduction to Sociological Theory : Theorists, Concepts, and Their Applicability to the Twenty-First Century (Vol. Second edition). Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=667235
  • Zygmunt Bauman, & Tim May. (2004). Thinking Sociologically: Vol. Second edition. Wiley-Blackwell.