Sociology

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/07
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
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.
Course syllabus and organization

A-K

Responsible
Lesson period
Second trimester
In case of health emergency, lectures will be regularly help online via Zoom. Exams will be conducted online with a written test with only closed answers.
Course syllabus
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
No prerequisite
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars on sociological classics and survey experiments in the class
Teaching Resources
Jon Elster (2015) Explaining social behavior. More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. Cambridge University Press
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written test with closed/open answers
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Squazzoni Flaminio

L-Z

Responsible
Lesson period
Second trimester
Check Ariel website for futher info before the course start
Course syllabus
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. Dedicated website on ARIEL.
Prerequisites for admission
None
Teaching methods
Lessons.
Teaching Resources
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.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Exam. Further info at the start of course.
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Sassatelli Roberta
Educational website(s)
Professor(s)
Reception:
Wednesday 3-7PM
Skype: flamscattone