The aim of the course is to offer the basic knowledge needed to develop the ability to understand the main classical and contemporary sociological theories and to reflect critically on the historical and social genesis of contemporary societies as well as social mechanisms and social structure with particular reference to the globalized Western world. Alongside the knowledge and the basic comprehension both theoretical and applied, the capacity of critical reading of the social reality is encouraged, and didactic methods are adopted which favor learning and linguistic communication skills specific to sociology and scientific-social subjects more generally.
Expected learning outcomes
The expected learning outcomes relate to the development of basic sociological knowledge and the capacity for critical understanding of sociological texts, with particular reference to the classics of sociology. Students must also demonstrate the ability to apply the acquired knowledge to understand the main emerging phenomena of contemporary Western societies as indicated in the course. It is expected that thanks to shared reading in class of classical texts students will develop critical skills applicable to the analysis of contemporary society and that thanks to final workshops for sharing questions emerging from the course contents they will improve their ability to communicate what they have learned.
The course aims to introduce students to the analysis of social phenomena. Social behaviour and interaction, the emergence of social norms, the link between social institutions and norms and organisational and collective behaviour are analysed to understand the social mechanisms chracterising contemporary societies and their evolution. Theory and empirical research, models and cases are integrated to develop students' competences that are key for subsequent specialised courses.
Prerequisites for admission
Lectures and survey experiments
Jon Elster (2015) Explaining social behavior. More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. Cambridge University Press.
This introductory unit is aimed at providing a general introduction to the discipline of sociology, as a middle-ground form of knowledge which both deploys analytical tools and undertakes empirical research. The course covers: 1)The foundations of sociology, with particular attention to the contribution of the classics to the emergence of the social scientific study of the key processes of modernity such as rationalization, individualization and functional differentiation; 2) Structure and Action, with particular attention to the constitution of social identities and differences; 3) Contemporary sociological issues, with particular attention to gender and sexuality, the commercialization of intimate life, the processes of stigmatization and exclusion, social mobilization and cultural trauma. Dedicated website on ARIEL available from the beginning of Course
Attending students will be given some specific instruction as to the material at the beginning of course. For non attending students the material to study is clearly indicatated. In both cases the exam will be written, and only students properly enrolled into the exam via the electronic form available will be admitted to it.
Prerequisites for admission
Lectures and workshops
For attending students the material is as follow: 1. Giddens e Ph. W. Sutton, Fondamenti di Sociologia, Il Mulino, Bologna 2. CHOOSE ONE AMONG Durkheim, E. (1898) L'individualismo e gli intellettuali [available on ARIEL] Simmel, G. (1998) Il denaro nella cultura moderna, Armando, Roma Sombart, W (2003) Dal lusso al capitalismo, Armando, Roma [available on ARIEL] Weber, M. (1997) La scienza come professione, Armando, Roma. 3. CHOOSE ONE AMONG Garfinkel, A (2000) Agnese, Armando, Roma [available on ARIEL] Goffman, E. (2010) La ritualizzazione della femminilità, Il Mulino [available ARIEL]
Program for not attending students: 4 TEXTS TO BE STUDIED ENTIRELY 1. Giddens e Ph. W. Sutton, Fondamenti di Sociologia, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2013 2. Sombart, W. Dal lusso al capitalismo, Armando, Roma, 2003. 3. Garfinkel, A. Agnese, Armando, Roma, 2000 4. Ghigi, R. e Sassatelli, R. Corpo, genere e società, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2018