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Contemporary Sociological Theories

Code 13124
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery Face to face
Learning outcomes To learn the major contemporary sociological theories and their critiques. To stimulate the critical thinking and to develop a sociological perspective of social phenomena; to develop critical skills to assess different sociological theories and their relation with processes of social change.
At the end of the unit, students should be able to discuss, relate and use the contemporary theories in theoretical and/or empirical sociological studies; to recognise and critically interpret different sociological theories, as well as their relevance to the interpretation of actual social phenomena.
Syllabus 1. Synthesis theories: action-structure articulation in contemporary sociological theories. 1.1. The Theory of Practice (Bourdieu), 1.2. The Structuration Theory (Giddens) 1.3. The Theory of Social Rule Systems (Burns). 2. Crisis of Modernity? New approaches (choice of three authors by students). 2.1. Late modernity (Giddens) 2.2. The Risk Society ( Beck) 2.3. The liquid modernity (Bauman) 2.4. The Networking Society (Castells) 3. Feminist Theories. 3.1. Feminism and sociology: gender and difference, from inequalities to insubordination 4. Postmodernisms and poststructuralisms (a brief approach)

Main Bibliography ALEXANDRE, Jeffrey (1992), Las Teorias Sociológicas desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Paris: Gedisa.
BERIAIN, Josetxo e ITURRATE, José Luís (ed.) (1998), Para Comprender la Teoria Sociológica. Pamplona: Editorial Verbo Divino.
BROWNING, Gary, HALCLI, Abigail e WEBSTER, Frank (2000), Understanding Contemporary Society – Theories of the Present. Londres: Sage Pub.
CALHOUN, Craig, GERTEIS, Joseph, MOODY, James, PFAFF, Steven e VIRK, Idermohan (ed.) (2012), Contemporary Sociological Theory. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
CORCUFF, Philippe (1998), Las Nuevas Sociologías: Construcciones de la Realidad Social. Madrid: Alianza Editorial.
RITZER, George (1996), Sociological Theory. Nova Iorque: MacGraw-Hill.
SOUSA SANTOS, Boaventura e MENESES, Maria Paula (org.) (2010), Epistemologias do Sul. Coimbra: Almedina.
TURNER, Jonathan (2013), Contemporary Sociological Theory. Londres: Sage Pub.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria
1 - Continuous assessment: 1st frequency (40%), 2nd frequency (50%) and participation in classes (10%). Continuous assessment also implies attendance at 80% of classes.
2 - Final evaluation: the minimum grade for admission to examination is, for all students, 7 values in one frequency.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2017-06-22

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