Checking date: 25/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Classical sociological theory
Bachelor in Sociology (Plan: 402 - Estudio: 208)

Coordinating teacher: DIEZ MEDRANO, JUAN

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Ability to solve problems, through both analysis and synthesis. Development of team work skills and of the skills for both oral and written expression. Improvement of critical reasoning skills and development of a commitment to upholding ethical standards. Development of the motivation to accomplish high quality work. This course provides students with tools to learn classic sociological theory, including its major schools. It also stresses the teaching of major concepts in classical approaches to sociology, when they refer to human society. It also develops the necessary skills to identify problems and different sociological perspectives.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
This module covers the work of the founding "fathers" of sociological theory. It discusses the most influential sociologists in the mid-19th-early 20th century period, in a way that emphasizes those conceptual and analytical contributions that remain relevant today. To demonstrate this relevance, the module refers to contemporary texts that update the work of the founders of sociology as a discipline. The module addresses the following topics: 1-Alexis de Tocqueville a. The comparative method 2-Harriett Martineau b. The qualitative method 3-Marx a. Vision of history b. The historical method c. Alienation 4-Weber a. Vision of history b. The sociology of action c. Stratification 5-Durkheim a. Vision of history b. The quantitative method c. Sociology of religion and of knowledge 6-Marianne Weber a. The Gender Perspective 7-Simmel a. Types of Sociology
Learning activities and methodology
It will be developed through: Theoretical classes (2 credits ECTS) for the adquisition of skills related to learning social theory and its main schools. Practical classes (2 credits ECTS) that include practical tasks and individual activities: searching for references at the library, oral presentations, and other practices; All these tasks are oriented to the adquisition of skills directly related to the modlue that is taught, in particular, the capacity to identify problems and sociological perspectives, as well as the ability to utilize conceptual tools from classical theorists. Indivdual tasks by the student (2 credits ECTS) that include analyzing the subject and several other tasks.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 45
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 55

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Durkheim, Emil. The Division of Labor in Society. Free Press. 2014
  • Durkheim, Emil. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. Free Press. 1995
  • Durkheim, Emil. Suicide. Free Press. 1997
  • Lengermann, Patricia M.. The Women Founders: Sociology and Social Theory, 1830-1930. Waveland Press. 2007
  • Marx, Karl. The Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844. Intl Pub. 1980
  • Marx, Karl. 18 Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte. Intl Pub. 1984
  • Ritzer. Teoría Sociológica Clasica. McGraw-Hill. 2018
  • Simmel, Georg. On individuality and social forms. University of Chicago Press. 1972
  • Tocqueville. The old regime and the french revolution. Anchor. 1983
  • Tucker, Robert (Ed.). The Marx-Engels Reader. Norton. 1978
  • Weber, Max. Economy and Society. University of California Press. 1978
  • Weber. Max.. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Routledge. 2001

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.