UPPVPP002 Introduction to Sociology for SP

Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Winter 2014
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Igor Hendrych, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Dušan Janák, Ph.D.
Institute of Pedagogical and Psychological Sciences – Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The goal of this course is to make students able to understand the causitive factors of social problems that are addressed or will address the scope of practice and social conditions of their profession. Therefore, the basic sociological insights to the self-oriention in the sociological literature, and the know how to think sociologically will be conveyed to the students in the lectures. Students will understand the basic concepts of this discipline and will be encouraged by the interest in the sociological perspective on what is happening around them. To provide basic orientation in the sociological description of everyday social phenomena, issues of socialization, social stratification, socialinstitutions, collective behavior, konformity and deviance, the welfare state, multiculturalism, modern media, etc., will be addressed. The background of various historical periods will also focus on the genesis of the main lines of sociological trends and major leaders.
  • 1st The subject of sociology, the development of sociological thinking, the society as a subject of scientific interest.
    2nd Culture, socialization, position and status, social structure.
    3rd Classes and strata, social groups and organizations, problems of social inequality.
    4th Institutions, organizations, state, politics and power.
    5th Public opinion, collective action, media.
    6th Sociology generation, gender issues.
    7th Education and religion issues.
    8th Social change, evolution and revolution.
    9th Man in the sphere of work, unemployment, welfare state.
    10th Lifestyle and mass culture.
    11th The issue of race, multiculturalism and global change.
    12th Normal and pathological phenomena in society.
    required literature
  • KELLER, J. Úvod do sociologie. Praha: SLON, 2006. ISBN 80-86429-39-7. info
  • JANDOUREK, J. Úvod do sociologie. Praha: Portál, 2003. ISBN 80-7178-749-3. info
  • GIDDENS, A. Sociologie. Praha: Agro, 1999. ISBN 80-7203-124-4. info
  • BAUMAN, Z. Myslet sociologicky. Praha: SLON, 1997. ISBN 80-85850-14-1. info
  • BERGER, P. Pozvání do sociologie. Praha: FMO, 1991. ISBN 80-85469-08-01. info
    recommended literature
  • BALON, J. Sociologická teorie. Příběh krize a fragmentace - projekt obnovy a rekonstrukce. Praha: SLON, 2007. ISBN 80-86429-72-4. info
  • KELLER, J. Soumrak sociálního státu. Praha: SLON, 2006. ISBN 80-86429-41-5. info
  • MONTOUSSÉ, M., RENOUARD, G. Přehled sociologie. Praha: Portál, 2005. ISBN 80-7178-976-3. info
  • KELLER, J. Dějiny klasické sociologie. Praha: SLON, 2004. ISBN 80-86429-52-6. info
  • JIRÁK, J., KÖPPLOVÁ, B. Média a společnost. Praha: Portál, 2003. ISBN 80-7178-697-7. info
  • RENZETTI, C. M., CURRAN, D. J. Ženy, muži a společnost. Praha: Karolinum, 2003. ISBN 80-246-0525-2. info
  • JANDOUREK, J. Sociologický slovník. Praha: Portál, 2001. ISBN 80-7178-535-0. info
  • MAREŠ, P. Sociologie nerovnosti a chudoby. Praha: SLON, 1999. ISBN 80-85850-61-3. info
  • KOLEKTIV. Velký sociologický slovník. Praha: Karolinum, 1996. ISBN 80-7184-311-3. info
  • MERTON, R. K. Social theory and social structure. New York: The Free Press, 1968. ISBN 0-02-921130-1. info
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Teacher's information
In the individual work, students will be responsible for producing a minimum of 5 pages. The choice of the topic is defined within the established framework of lectures. Each student selects one topic and shall notify the teacher within 14 days by e-mail. The literature from which learners will draw will be a minimum of 3 titles from the list of required reading and 1 title from the list of recommened reading. The basic criterion for assessing the quality of the written work is the demonstration of the ability to work with specialized texts with appropriate emphasis on linking thesis of individual authors into a coherent logical framework. Evaluation and feedback will be provided by the teacher tvia e-mail. Students can use the consultation time (personal or electronic) to discuss problems that come up while working on the written work. Successful completion and approval of project is required to write the exam.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2010, Winter 2011, Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018.
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