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Sociology I

Code 13112
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements not applicable
Mode of delivery presence in the class room
Work placements it doesn´t apply
Learning outcomes To make an introduction to sociology, fostering the questioning resulting from familiarity with the social reality and from underlying assumptions based on students’ life experiences. To recognize the specificities of a typically sociological perspective and the scientific nature of its approach.

- To recognize the specificity of sociological knowledge, understanding how it differs from and is similar to other social sciences.
- To use sociological imagination and understand its relevance to the development of a sociological perspective.
- To develop a scientific and reflexive stand.
- To define and apply basic sociological concepts.
- To define, give examples and demonstrate the relevance of culture, society, socialization, social institutions and social change.
- To understand the inter-influences between micro and macro aspect of society.
- To analyze and interpret basic readings in sociology.
- To demonstrate capacity to discuss and sociologically argument.
Syllabus 1 – Introduction to sociology
1.1. What is sociology – sociology and other social sciences
1.2. Social changes and the emergence of Sociology
1.3. The development of a sociological perspective
1.4. The sociological imagination
1.5. The founding fathers of sociology

2 – Society and culture
2.1. Society, nation and state
2.2. Culture and cultural diversity
2.3. Socialization: processes, contents and results.
2.4. Social structures and social institutions
2.5. Social interaction and daily life
2.6. Macro sociology and micro sociology: crucial relationships

Main Bibliography Berger, Peter (1980) Perspectivas Sociológicas. Uma visão Humanística, Petrópolis, Ed. Vozes (9ª ed.) (cap. I e II)
Costa, António Firmino da (1992), O que é: Sociologia, Quimera
Giddens, Anthony (2001) Sociology, Introductory Readings, Cambridge, Polity Press.
Giddens, Anthony (2004) Sociologia, Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 4ª ed.
Mills, Wright (1965) A imaginação Sociológica, Zahar (cap. I).
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Theoretical and practical classes.
Oriented discussion in the intoduction the syllabus contentes
Critical analysis and discussion of texts.
Assessement based on: 2 written tests and student participation.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-01-25

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