Regional sociology

Course Code: SOC 315 • Study year: III • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Sociology • Field of study: Sociology
Type of course: Elective (1 of 2)
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Mihai Pascaru Pag
Seminar tutor: Alin Tomuș
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Class
Number of teaching hours per semester: 36
Number of teaching hours per week: 3
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 5

Course aims:

Teaching the fundamental concepts and issues of Regional Sociology with respect to regional development and European regional policies fulfillment.
To know the origin of regional sociology and European regional policies
To know the process of establishing the regions
To know the Romanian regional realities and historical regions

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

The origins of Regional Sociology. Epistemological and methodological grounds The origins of Regional Sociology. European regional policies How regions come into existence? On regionalization as a process How regions come into existence? On regionalising as a set of “dividing into regions” actions Regional identity Romanian regional realities. Historical regions Romanian regional realities. Development regions Regional sociology approaches. The sociological atlas Regional sociology approaches. The cultural areas Sociological inquiries and small-scale regional development programmes.

Teaching methods:

Lecture, conversation, exemplification.

Learning outcomes:

- Knowledge of heuristic and practical valences of sociological perspective on region. - Ability to analyse a region at a structural, relational and occupational level.

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Written paper – applicative essay – 60%; continuous assessment – 40%.

Recommended reading:

Pascaru, M., Constantin, D.-L, The Impact of Romania’s Accession to the E.U. on Regional Structures,, Aeternitas Publishing House., Alba Iulia, 2007, 34-48.
Turpin, D., La Région, Collection “Collectivités territoriales”, dirigée par Louis Favoreau,, Editura Economica, Paris, 1987, 14-88.
Servan-Schreiber, J.- J., Le pouvoir régional, Editions Bernard Grasset, Paris, 1971, 16-65.