- To gain knowledge in (the history of) sociology
- To gain knowledge and insight in the three main questions of sociology (inequality, cohesion, rationalization)
- To gain knowledge and insight in the main classical theories of sociology and being able to apply them to social and sociological problems
- To gain knowledge in the (sociological) rules of science
- To gain knowledge and insight in the distinction between social problems and sociological problems
- Learn to address and structure different types of sociological problems;
- Learn to deduce hypotheses from general theories;
The final grade of the course consists of two tests: a written exam (70%) and a set of three individual assignments (30%). Both tests can be redone. The grade for the set of individual assigments is only valid for the academic year it has been achieved.
This course is for students in sociology, organization sciences and human resource sciences. The course provides an introduction in sociology in its most important questions. These key questions pertain to social inequality, social cohesion, and rationalization. The key questions comprise many sub-questions about individuals and society, for example differences in socio-economic position between men and women (inequality), the use of social media (cohesion), and the declining role of religion (rationalization). Also, questions on organizations and the functioning of individuals within organizations are addressed.
Lectures and (compulsory) seminars
Written exam (multiple choice + open questions)
Type of exams
- Tubergen, F. van (ongepubliceerd manuscript). Introduction to Sociology. (Will be made available at the first lecture)