Contemporary Sociological Theories

Course Code: SOC201 • Study year: II • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Sociology • Field of study: Sociology
Type of course: Compulsory
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: 56
Number of teaching hours per week: 4
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6

Course aims:

Know the main contemporary sociological theories and the way they associate to the practical approaches and research.
Understand the main thesis and directions of the contemporary sociological theories.
Develop the capacity to approach the problems of social realities from different perspectives.

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

Structural Functionalism; The Sociological Phenomenology; The symbolic Interactionalism; The Dramaturgical Model in Sociology; Ethno-Methodology and Cognitive Sociology; The Actionalism (Touraine); The Methodological Individualism; The Individualist Constructivism (Bourdieu).

Teaching methods:

Lecture, conversation, exemplification

Learning outcomes:

Know the main concepts and thesis of the contemporarry sociological theory Be able to choose and support the adequate theory for adressing a given social problem

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

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

Recommended reading:

George Ritzer, Jeffrey N. Stepnisky, Modern Sociological Theory, Sage Publications, New York, 2017, 7-60.
Neil J. Smelser, Sociological Theory - A Contemporary View: How To Read, Criticize and Do Theory, Quid Pro, New Orleans, 2011, 21-34.
Anthony Giddens, Sociology, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2006, 100-125.