cod. 12997

Academic year 2020/21
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Sociologia generale (SPS/07)
Discipline sociologiche
Type of training activity
60 hours
of face-to-face activities
10 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to provide students with a general overview of the basic knowledge of the fundamental elements and the main problem of the sociological science as well as to indicate the basic methodological approach for the understanding and the study of the same matter. At the end of the course, the students must achieve:
- the knowledge and understanding of the major theories of sociological thought, starting from the thought of classical authors up to the most recent developments; the knowledge of the varying perspectives from which the main theoretical streams approach the distinctive themes of the sociological debate;
- the applying knowledges and the understanding ability as well as the communication skills, that means to apply the acquired knowledges to contemporary social themes and to support each thesis with appropriate basic sociological lexicon.


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Course unit content

The course aims to provide the theoretical and conceptual basis for addressing the study of sociology and to the analysis of collective phenomena own of complex societies. During the course two different approaches to sociological issues will be used. In a first phase, the main
theories will be presented, with references to the classics authors of sociology and the most recent reflections. The second stage will be taken into consideration the fundamental categories of sociological modernity; social action; the values​​, norms and social institutions; identity and differences; socialization; the gender and the life course; groups and organizations; education and instruction; inequality and social stratification; social mobility; the family; the religion; deviance and crime; production and consumption; politics, the State, the movements .

Full programme

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1) Jedlowski P., Il mondo in questione. Introduzione alla storia del pensiero sociologico, Carocci, Roma, 2009

2) Giddens A., Sutton P.W., Fondamenti di sociologia, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2014

The bibliography will be announced during class.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, guided discussions.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be written with two open questions related to the part of history of sociological thought and two open questions related to the part of sociology.

The final test aims to assess the topics covered during the lessons.

NB: during the COVID-19 health emergency period, and for sure with respect to the three exams between May and September 2020, exams will be oral through MS Teams. Students will be provided few days before with instructions concerning the participation in the exam. During the exam knowledge and understanding described in the learning outcome will be evaluated on a scale from 0 to 30.

Other information

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