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Modern Sociological Theories

Code 13119
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements There is not.
Mode of delivery In Presence.
Learning outcomes To provide knowledge of the different theoretical perspectives of "post-war" sociology;
- To promote a critical view of the different streams, regarding the gradual decentralization of the geopolitical theoretical work in sociology.
-Be able to understand and distinguish different theoretical perspectives and the basic concepts of each one;
-Be able to critically understand and analyze the positioning of the different sociological approaches concerning the main theoretical problems that fuel the debate in sociology;
- Be able to identify subjects and debate the results of the sociological research of the most important authors of modern theories;
- Be able to interpret correctly and make a critical analysis of scientific texts and be able to summarize the main conclusions.
- Be able to participate in the lessons and to contribute for the collective debate.



Syllabus 1. Introduction. Revisitation of the classical theories: their impact on the Modern Sociological Theories;

2. European Sociology and American sociology in the first decades of the twentieth century: the 1st Frankfurt School and the Chicago School

3. The structural-functionalism
3.1. Talcott Parsons. A "grand theory" and the general system of action
3.2. The sociology of Robert K. Merton and the "intermediate-range theories"

4. Theories of conflict: Lewis A. Coser and Ralph Dahrendorf

5. The symbolic interaction.
5.1. Erving Goffman and the dramaturgy of everyday life;
5.2. Howard Becker: From Sociology of professions to Sociology of Arts.

6. The Marxist heritage: Critical Theory (2nd Frankfurt School) and the Dependency Theory.
Main Bibliography ALEXANDRE, Jeffrey , 1992, Las Teorias Sociológicas desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Paris: Gedisa

BECKER, Howard S., 2010 [1984], Mundos da arte, Berkeley: Lisboa: Livros Horizonte

BERIAIN, Josetxo e ITURRATE, José L. (ed.), 1998, Para Comprender la Teoria Sociológica. Pamplona: Editorial Verbo Divino

BOTTOMORE, Tom, 1984, Frankfurt School, Londres: Routledge

CARDOSO, Fernando H., 1970, Dependência e desenvolvimento na América Latina, Rio de Janeiro: Zahar

DAHRENDORF, Ralph, 1979 [1959], Classes sociales y su conflito en la sociedad industrial, Madrid: RIALP

HABERMAS, Jürgen, 2010, Fundamentação linguística da Sociologia, Lisboa: Edições 70

MOLÉNAT, Xavier (coord.), 2011 [2009], Sociologia. História, ideias correntes, Lisboa: Edições Texto & Grafia *

RITZER, George (1996), Sociological Theory. Nova Iorque: MacGraw-Hill

VILA NOVA, Sebastião, 1998, Donald Pierson e a escola de Chicago na Sociologia brasileira, Lisboa: Vega.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-06-21

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