Checking date: 19/05/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Sociological Analysis II
Master in Social Sciences (Plan: 481 - Estudio: 325)

Coordinating teacher: TORRE FERNANDEZ, MARGARITA

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Knowledge: K-1. Advanced knowledge and understanding of the processes of economic, social, and political change, as well as the structures that make up societies (markets, families, institutions) from an analytical, methodological, and empirical perspective. K-4. Knowledge of comparative analysis and historical analysis applied in major scientific contributions in Social Sciences. K-5. Knowledge of the internal logic of a scientific publication, examining the clarity of exposition, as well as the consistency between theory, analytical strategy, indicators, results, and conclusions. K-12. Advanced knowledge of the foundations of sociological analysis and the determinants of socioeconomic achievements based on the relationship between theory and methodological developments. Skills: S-1. Ability to synthesize the main theories and empirical contributions in one or more contemporary debates from an interdisciplinary perspective. S-4. Ability to select and apply the method of comparison or historical analysis for the study of a political, economic, or social phenomenon. S-5. Skill in organizing and expressing ideas clearly and unambiguously, and in supporting theoretical arguments on a topic through a critical analysis of the literature. S-12. Mastery of macro, meso, and micro factors in the formation and reproduction of social inequalities. Competencies: C-1. Ability to apply knowledge about existing theoretical and empirical debates in an original development of one's own ideas in a context of academic or applied research. C-4. Ability to select cases and apply the comparative method and/or historical analysis when providing an empirical response to a research question within the framework of applied or academic research. C-5. Ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of scientific publications in an area of study and to justify the advancement in the knowledge frontier that is intended to be achieved in the research project. C-12. Ability to apply theoretical knowledge and methodological advances on the subject in the development of a research paper in the area of Sociology.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. The relationship between social structures and personal situations as the central axis of sociology. 2. The nature of modernity in classical theory 3. Contemporary social theory about the nature of modernity 4. The contemporary debate between agency and structure in sociology 5. Differences between contemporary analytical approaches in contemporary sociology 6. Types of mechanisms in social action 7. The differences between the styles and approaches in the sociology carried out in different regions of the planet 8. Types of social structure according to contemporary sociology 9. Mastering the differences between different types of institutionalist approaches 10. The structure and style of the most prestigious studies in contemporary empirical sociology
Learning activities and methodology
Training activities: AF1 - Theoretical class AF3 - Theoretical-practical class AF5 - Tutoring: the possibility of establishing weekly meetings with the professor teaching the course. AF6 - Individual student work. Teaching Methodologies: MD1 - Lectures in class by the professor with the support of computer and audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed. MD2 - Critical reading of texts recommended by the subject professor: press articles, reports, manuals, and/or academic articles. MD4 - Presentation and discussion in class, under the moderation of the professor, on topics related to the content of the subject, as well as practical cases. MD5 - Preparation of papers and reports individually or in groups.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction. Harvard University Press. 1984
  • Desmond, Matthew. Evicted. Penguin. 2016
  • Fishman, Robert. Democratic Practice: Origins of the Iberian Divide in Political Inclusion. Oxford University Press. 2019
  • Fligstein, Niel and Doug McAdam. A Theory of Fields. Oxford University Press. 2012
  • Foucault, Michel. Security, Territory, Population. Palgrave. 2009
  • Mills, C. Right. . The Sociological Imagination. Oxford University Press. 2000
  • Wimmer, Andreas. Waves of War: Nationalism, State Formation and Ethnic Exclusion in the Modern World. Oxford University Press. 2013

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