Checking date: 23/04/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Contemporary sociological theory
Study: Bachelor in Sociology (208)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Analysis

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Knowledge of Sociology and Political Science.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Knowledge of the main changes produced in the development of contemporary sociological theory. Identification of the authors and trends that provide the most significant theoretical contributions to the development of contemporary sociological theory. As a result of this learning, the student will have a complete picture of the most significant changes occurred in contemporary sociological knowledge
Description of contents: programme
1. Functionalism 2. The Frankfurt School. 3. Symbolic interactionism. 4. Phenomenology and ethnomethodology. 5. Methodological individualism. 6. New modernity (I) 7. New modernity (II) 8. Postmodernity.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures for the acquisition of skills related to knowledge of the great transformations in the history of contemporary sociological theory. Practical Lectures that include a broad range of activities, individually and in groups: search for references and library work, reading, creating summaries and brief presentations, both oral and written form periodic self-evaluations, aimed at developing learning skills related to both the specific content of the subject as to improve the skills of a more transversal, including oral and written expression, teamwork skills, organize and plan rigorously carrying out its duties and maintain standards quality when carrying out their work.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • Berman, M.. Adventures in Marxism.. Verso.. 1999.
  • Bourdieu, P.. Raisons pratiques.. Editions du Seuil.. 1994.
  • Giddens, A.. Politis, Sociology and Social Theory.. Blackwell Publishers.. 1987.
  • Habermas, J.. Asch, Europa!. Suhrkamp Verlag.. 2008.
  • Jameson, Fr.. Posmoderm or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.. New Left Review Ltd. Oxford.. 1984.
  • Lipovetsky, G.. L'ere du vide.. Gallimard.. 1983.
Additional Bibliography
  • Ritzer, G.. Contemporary Sociological Theory.. McGraw Hill.. 1992.

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.