Course syllabus RRSOCA - Sociology in English (FRDIS - WS 2019/2020)

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Course code: RRSOCA
Course title in language of instruction: Sociology in English
Course title in Czech: Sociology in English
Course title in English: Sociology in English
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (4 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 3/0 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: WS 2019/2020
Name of lecturer: Mgr. et Mgr. Klára Brožovičová, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Prerequisites: none
Aims of the course:
The course is concerned with the foundations of sociology. Students will be able to understand the foundations of sociology. As a result, students understand the specifics of various sociological paradigms, schools and branches, and they know their main representatives and basics of scientific research work.
The course is aimed to provide students with three types of skills: 1) To develop understanding of the basic concepts used in the discipline (social institution, social roles, social action, social structure, stratification, mobility…) 2) To understand its basic methodological approaches (quantitative and qualitative methodology, interpretative and constructivist epistemologies) 3) To be informed about the existence of sociological branches and to understand their approaches as the examples of practical applications of sociological theory (sociology of family, sociology of education, sociology of stratification and inequality, social politics)
Course contents:
1.Sociology as science (allowance 3/0)
2.Rise of Sociology (allowance 3/0)
3.Social action (allowance 3/0)
4.Sociální jednání: Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Schütz, Goffman, Habermas (allowance 3/0)
5.Social action - social capital, social mobility (allowance 3/0)
6.Social system - paradigms (allowance 3/0)
7.Social organization as social system (allowance 3/0)
8.Qualitative Sociological Research (allowance 6/0)
9.Sociological research - situation, strategy and methods (allowance 3/0)
10.Quantitative sociological research (allowance 6/0)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to understand foreign cultures and customes
-Ability to work independently
-Interpersonal skills
-Work in team

Specific competences:
-Be familiar with the major theoretical perspectives/paradigms of sociology
-Evaluate the strengths and limitations of particular sociological methods and techniques
-Understand and apply sociological terminology and concepts

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture36 h
     field work8 h
     project work14 h
     preparation for exam32 h
     preparation for regular assessment6 h
     preparation of presentation4 h
     elaboration and execution of projects12 h
Total112 h
Assessment methods:
Credit is compulsory for final exam participation. Credit is based on project. Maximum is 5 points for project. For credit is necessary to have 3 points (60%).
The course is finished with written didactic test. Maximum points for test is 30, minimum is 18 points (60%).
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQGIDDENS, A.SociologyCambridgePolity Press20030-7456-2311-5
RQPOMAZALOVÁ, N.SociologyBrnoMendel University in Brno2013978-80-7375-820-2
RQBAUMAN, Z.Globalization: The Human ConsequencesOxfordBlackwell Publishers Ltd1998978-0-7456-5695-3
RQBECK, U.Power in the global age: a new global political economyCambridgePolity Press20050-7456-3230-0
RQBABBIE, E.The Basics of Social Research Cengage Learning2011
RQBROWNE, E.An Introduction to Sociology Polity Press20110-7456-5008-2


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