- 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 classical theories of sociology;
- 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;
- Learn to apply sociological knowledge to social problems
- Learn to formulate social and sociological problems on specific societal issues
- Learn to formulate different types of sociological problems
- Learn to formulate hypotheses on specific societal issues.
The final grade of the course consists of two tests: a written exam (70% of the grade) and a set of three individual assignments (30%). Both tests can be redone. The resit of the set of individual assignments is only valid for the academic year it has been achieved.
The course is meant for premaster students of Sociology, and exchange students. The course provides an introduction to sociology; in its key questions and its classical theories. The key questions are: social inequality, social cohesion, and rationalization. The 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.
The course has lectures and (compulsory) seminars. In the lectures, the key questions and classical theories of sociology are adressed. In the seminars, we practice with applying the acquired knowledge to social issues. Three individual assignments test student's ability to apply sociological knowledge.
Lectures and (compulsory) seminars
Type of instructions
Written exam (multiple choice + open questions) and individual assignments
Type of exams
- Tubergen, Frank van, Introduction to Sociology (Will be made available by the coordinator), 2018.
- Ritzer, George, Sociological Theory (international edition), McGraw Hill, 2013. Very extensive background info on main sociological theorists and theories