Checking date: 22/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Contemporary sociological theory
Study: Bachelor in Sociology (208)

Coordinating teacher: DIAZ GANDASEGUI, VICENTE

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
In correspondence with the organization of the course, the evaluation is divided into two separate blocks. The theoretical part is evaluated through a final exercice which represents 40% of the final grade. The other 60% corresponds to the practical part of the subject with individual assignments linked to each of the topics and also a group work that will be developed throughout the semester and will be presented at the end of the course.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 30
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 70
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.