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General information

 

Course unit name: General Sociology

Course unit code: 362518

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Jordi Cais Fontanella

Department: Department of Sociology

Credits: 6

Single program: N

 

 

Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150

 

Face-to-face and/or online activities

60

 

-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face and online

 

60

Supervised project

45

Independent learning

45

 

 

Learning objectives

 

Referring to knowledge

— Explain the science of sociology and identify the field of study it addresses.

— Describe the main subjects addressed in sociology, the key concepts, historical debates and most important approaches.

In terms of learning skills:

— Identify the boundaries of sociology as an academic discipline.

— Describe the methodologies sociologists use in professional practice.

— Use a working knowledge of the principles underpinning sociological theory.

— Dominate the main areas of study.

— Explain the dynamics of gender- and class-related socialisation processes.

— Critically analyse gender and class inequalities and their relationship with other forms of social inequality.

— Identify different schools of thought and perspectives in academic texts.

— Discuss the current research.

 

 

Teaching blocks

 

1. Sociology as a social science

*  This topic block helps the student understand what sociology is by studying its origins and identifying when and how sociology emerged and developed as a discipline. It examines the subjects that are most commonly studied today, and also some of the popular misconceptions about this discipline.   
    The block studies the main schools of thought, the most influential authors and the most important questions that sociology asks. Finally, it provides an introduction to basic research methods and techniques, focusing on the scientific method and qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.

1.1. What is sociology?

1.2. Theories

1.3. Methodologies

 

2. Social institutions

*  This block examines the learning processes referred to as primary and secondary socialisation and the structure and function of social institutions. It also considers social control mechanisms, practical examples of social deviation, and labelling theory. Finally, the block provides a working definition of social exclusion, examining how and when the notion was first used, how the social variables that lead to exclusion have changed and which groups of people find themselves most at risk.

2.1. Socialisation processes

2.2. Social control

2.3. Social exclusion

 

3. Social transformations

*  This block looks at social change in modern and postmodern society, focusing on the origin of specific problems and their implications for civil society and the state. It also defines policymaking from a sociological point of view and examines the dynamics of conflict and conflict resolution.

3.1. Social change

3.2. Social problems

3.3. Social policies

 

 

 

 

Reading and study resources

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Book

Giddens, Anthony (2007) Sociología  (Barcelona: Ed. Alianza).

Marcionis, John J. i Plummer, Ken (2007) Sociología (Madrid: Pearson).

Bauman, Zygmund (2007) Tiempos líquidos (Barcelona, Tusquets).

Beck, Ulrich (1998) La sociedad del riesgo. Hacia una nueva modernidad (Barcelona: Paidós).

Becker, Howard (1976) Los extraños, sociología de la desviación (Buenos Aires, Tiempo contemporaneo).

Berger, Peter L. (1987) Invitació a la sociologia (Barcelona, Herder).

Berger, Peter y Luckman, Thomas (1986). La construcción social de la realidad (Buenos Aires: Amorrortu).

Bourdieu, Pierre et al. El oficio de Sociologo (Madrid: Siglo XXI, 1976).

Butler, Judith (2007) El género en disputa: el feminismo y la subversión de la identidad. Paidós.

Castells, Manuel (1997) La era de la información: economía, sociedad y cultura, Volumen I: La sociedad red. (Madrid: Alianza).

Dahrendorf, Ralf Sociedad y libertad (Madrid: Tecnos, 1976).

Durkheim, Emile (1982) Las formas elementales de la vida religiosa (Madrid: Akal)

Durkheim, Emile (1997) La división del trabajo social (Madrid: Akal).

Duverger, Maurice (1971) Métodos de las Ciencias Sociales (Barcelona: Ariel).

Elias, Norbert (1990) La sociedad de los individuos (Barcelona: Península)

Esping-Andersen, Gosta (2000) Fundamentos sociales de las economias postindustriales, (Barcelona: Ariel).

Espuny, Maria Cinta i Rodríguez, Nuria (2005) Introducció a la Sociologia. (Barcelona: Editorial La Busca).

Foucault, Michel (1981) Vigilar y castigar (Madrid, Siglo XXI).

Goffman, Erving (1980) Estigma, la identidad deteriorada (Buenos Aires: Amorrortu).

Guasch, Oscar (2006) Héroes, científicos, heterosexuales y gays: los varones en perspectiva de género. Barcelona: Bellaterra.

Mead, Margaret (1973). Sexo y temperamento en las sociedades primitivas. Barcelona: Laia.

Merton, Robert K. (1978) Teoría y estructuras sociales (México: Fondo de Cultura Económica)

Perrow, Charles (1990) Sociologia de las organizaciones (Madrid: McGraw-Hill)

Sennet, Richard (1997) La corrosión del caracter (Barcelona, Anagrama). Reeditado muy recientemente en su novena edición.

Sassen, Saskia (2007) Una sociología de la globalización. Katz editores.

Skocpol, Theda (1994) Social revolutions in the modern world. Cambridge University Press.

Sontag, Susan (2012) La enfermedad y sus metáforas | El sida y sus metáforas. DEBOLSILLO, 2012.

Tönnies, Ferdinand (1979) Comunidad y sociedad (Barcelona: Península).

Vance, Carole (1989) "Placer y peligro. Explorando la sexualidad femenina." Madrid: Talasa.

Weber, Max (1969) La ética protestante y el espíritu del capitalismo (Barcelona: Península). La edición original es de 1904.

Wright Mills, Charles (1987) La imaginación sociológica (Barcelona, Herder).