Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Social Thought and Sociology

Social Thought and Sociology
6
10751
2
Second semester
FB
Main language of instruction: Spanish

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Introduction

This is a basic sociology course divided into three parts. In the first part, a review of the evolution of sociological thought is made through the exposition of its classic authors. The second part deals with the approach of relational sociology, one of the most suggestive paradigms of contemporary sociology, and will look at some practical applications; and in the last part, through flipped classes, we will delve into the social dimensions of success.

 

Pre-course requirements

No prerequisites are needed to enrol in this course, though students are encouraged to show curiosity, patience and effort.

Objectives

The aim of the course is to invite students to learn and use Sociology and show them which is the aim of the study and its specific approach, most important theories, basic concepts and research methods.

Competencies

  • E05 - Ability to evaluate social issues linked to cultural diversity.
  • E06 - Awareness of and respect for different points of view resulting from cultural and social diversity.
  • E07 - To acquire knowledge on the different issues and problems of current cultural debate and be aware of their constant change.
  • G01 - To analyse and interpret social and cultural environments to identify need, opportunities, weaknesses and strenghts..
  • G05 - To act responsibly and produce high-quality, rigorous and efficient work that benefits society.

Learning outcomes

The student is able to:

- Acquire the vocabulary and key concepts of the subject

- Develop arguments and synthesis in debates and oral presentations

- Analyze and synthesize the texts used

- Diagnose problems in the intellectual, cultural and social fields

- Contextualize social and cultural phenomena

Syllabus

PART I
THE CLASSICS OF SOCIOLOGICAL THOUGHT

The early sociologists
Durkheim
Max Weber
Structural functionalism
Sociology of conflict
Symbolic interactionism
Forms of sociological research

THE ROLE OF CULTURE
1. Cultural diversity: many ways of living in one and the same society
2. Culture and freedom
3. An interesting debate
4. The socialisation process
5. The experience of the social: authors and actors
6. Groups and organisations

PART II
RELATIONAL SOCIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION. THE RELATIONAL APPROACH IN SOCIOLOGY
What does it mean to be "in relationship"?
Observing relationships
Thinking and acting in a network
RULES FOR A RELATIONAL SOCIOLOGY
Descriptive observation and problematising observation
Observing relationships
The construction of the "black box
Morphogenetic analysis
Practical consequences of relational analysis: the ODG systems.
The meaning of values in sociological research.
APPLICATIONS
Some examples of relational approaches to social issues.

PART III
Ten flipped classes from the reading of Malcom Gladwell's book "Outliers".

 



Teaching and learning activities

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Classes will contain theoretical explanations and practical activities.

Evaluation systems and criteria

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The evaluation of the course is based on an exam (70% of the grade) and a reading diary (30% of the grade).

The exam will take place at the end of the semester. The student will have to hand in the reading journal on the day of the exam.

A minimum grade of 5 in both of the two parts of evaluation must be achieved in order to pass the course.

Bibliography and resources

PIERPAOLO DONATI & PABLO GARCIA RUIZ. Sociología relacionales, Prensa de la Universidad de Zaragoza, 2021.

GLADWELL, Malcom. Fuera de serie. Por qué unas personas tienen éxito y otras no (Outliers), Santillana, 2010.

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