Course syllabus RRSOC - Sociology (FRDIS - WS 2012/2013)

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Course code: RRSOC
Course title in language of instruction: Sociologie
Course title in Czech: Sociology
Course title in English: Sociology
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (4 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/1 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: WS 2012/2013
Name of lecturer: Mgr. Nataša Pomazalová, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
doc. PhDr. Martina Urbanová, Ph.D. (instructor, lecturer)
Prerequisites: not Sociology in English
Aims of the course:
Students will be able to know what sociology is and distinguish it from other social sciences; be familiar with the main sociological theories. Students will be able toknow the principles of sociology including research, culture, socialization, society, and groups. Students will be able to know aspects of various sub-disciplines of sociology including culture, values, norms, deviance, social stratification, and social institutions.
Students will be able to to identify, describe and analyse basic social phenomena and their aspects relevant to social development: social institutions and social action, social systems and social organizations; an ability to prepare simple sociological research.
Course contents:
1.Sociology as a social science. (allowance 2/1)
a.Formal sciences and real sciences.
b.Legitimity of science in general, legitimity of sociology.
c.Sociology and other sciences.
d.Some practical consequences of sociology.

2.The rise of sociology. (allowance 2/1)
a.Traditional/premodern societies and their symbolical forms of culture.
b.Modernization, modern societies and their symbolical forms of culture.
c.Social science as the new symbolical form of culture.
d.Sociology - product and producer of modern society.

3.Social action I. (allowance 2/1)
a.Socialization, enkuturation, aculturation.
b.Social action, social instituion, social role.
c.Social groups, social control.

4.Social action II. (allowance 2/1)
a.Marx, Durkheim, Weber.
c.Schutz, Goffman, Habermas.

5.Social action III. (allowance 2/1)
a.Social capital.
b.Social mobility.
c.Contemporary tendencies.

6.Social systems I - paradigms. (allowance 2/1)
a.Consensus paradigm.
b.Conflict paradigm.
c.Interpretative paradigm.

7.Social system II. (allowance 2/1)
a.Systems, subsystems, elements, environment.
b.Relationships, structures, functions.
c.Social systems.

8.Social organization as a social system. (allowance 2/1)
a.Classical, modern, interpretative and postmodern theories of organization.
b.Organization in the social action paradigm.
c.Organization in the social system paradigm.

9.Social organizations. (allowance 2/1)
a.Nonmodern, premodern and modern organizations.
b.Local, territorial and regional organizations.
c.Paradigmatical shift from organizational to network society.

10.Sociological research. (allowance 2/1)
a.Research situation.
b.Research questions.
c.Research strategies and methods.

11.Quantitative research and explanation. (allowance 2/1)
d.Hypothetico-deductive method.

12.Qualitative research and understanding.: object, subject, understanding, interpretation (allowance 2/1)
a.Specific methods.

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to organize and plan ahead
-ability to understand foreign cultures and customes
-science and research skills
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

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
     lecture24 h
     practice8 h
     field work8 h
     project work14 h
     preparation for exam32 h
     preparation for regular assessment6 h
     preparation of presentation4 h
     elaboration and execution of projects6 h
     writing of seminar paper10 h
Total112 h
Assessment methods:
Credit is compulsory for final exam participation. Credit is based on project and defence of the 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 40, minimum is 24 points (60%).
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQKUBÁTOVÁ, H.SociologieOlomoucUniverzita Palackého2009978-80-244-2315-9
RQDISMAN, M.Jak se vyrábí sociologická znalost: příručka pro uživatelePrahaKarolinum200080-246-0139-7
RQPETRUSEK, M.Základy sociologiePrahaAkademie veřejné správy2009978-80-87207-02-4
RQŠUBRT, J. -- BALON, J.Soudobá sociologická teoriePrahaGrada2010978-80-247-2457-7
REGIDDENS, A.SociologiePrahaArgo199980-7203-124-4
REPUNCH, K.Developing Effective Research Proposals.LondonSage Publications 2006
RESCHAEFER, R.Sociology: A Brief IntroductionNew YorkMcGraw-Hill Humanities2008
REPETRUSEK, M.Společnosti pozdní dobyPrahaSociologické nakladatelství2006
REMAŘÍKOVÁ, H. a kol. (eds.): Jaká je naše společnost? Otázky, které si často klademe... Praha, Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON) 2010, 446 s.


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