711-0605/08 – Sociology (sociologie)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Social SciencesCredits4
Subject guarantorMgr. Petra Kowaliková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorPhDr. Oldřich Solanský, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction1995/1996Year of cancellation2002/2003
Intended for the facultiesIntended for study types
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
VYS06 Mgr. Markéta Janíková
KOW01 Mgr. Petra Kowaliková, Ph.D.
MAC44 Mgr. Jakub Macek, Ph.D.
NAV11 Mgr. Alice Navrátilová
PAP40 PhDr. Anna Papřoková, Ph.D.
SOL06 PhDr. Oldřich Solanský, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to strengthen the sociology student ability to respond in general to the world, find their place in a social environment, think about yourself, about the values that surround them, and that he recognizes or rejects. The aim of sociology is to provide fundamental insights into the study of society. Students will infer skill in a social context and from their deceptions of sense (stereotyped thinking).

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


The course covers three thematic areas: general sociology (The formation of sociology, Development of approaches to the study of society, Social structure, Social change and social mobility), Culturological perspective in sociology with applications on the organisational culture (Culture concept in sociology, Interpretative and objectivist aproach to the culture, National cultures versus multiculturalism) and partial specific sociological topics (Media and Society, Sociology of the Family, Social deviance).

Compulsory literature:

Evans, K. (2006): Studying Society: the essentials. London: Routledge, 220p. Sennett, R. (2006): The culture of the new capitalism. New Haven: Yale University Press. 214 p. Giddens, A. (2001): Sociology. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2001.xvii, 750 p.

Recommended literature:

Bell, M. (2004): An invitation to Environmental Sociology Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Pine Forge Press, 325 p. Hirst, P; Thompson, G.(1999): Globalization in question: the international economy and the possibilities of governanc. Cambridge: Polity Press, 318 p. Macionis, J.J.(2012): Sociology : a global introduction. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1014p.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction: the field of study, the Project of Modernity – how to run a society, savoir pour prévoir and the limits of sociological knowledge; Founding Fathers and their theoretical heritage, basic approaches to the study of society. 2. Crisis of the Project of Modernity: The Short 20th Century and its challenges to sociology, sociological paradigms: reflexive modernity as striving after continuity vs. post-modern breakage and discontinuity; distinct phases of modernity. 3. Social Stratification - the spinal chord of social inequalities; different systems of stratification, power, money and prestiges – scarce commodities; the role of the middle class in modern societies, the new middle class. 4. World of Work: The coming of the postindustrial/postmodern/information society, globalization, outsourcing and social cleavages – their impact on employment. 5. Sociology of Family its history, transformation and changing nature in contemporary societies. 6. Sociological methods I. – the philosophy of social scientific research, research layout,basic sociologial techniques, qualitative research. 7. Sociological Methods II. – quantitative methods, operationalization, dimensional analysis, project outline, sampling, data collection, data analysis. 8. Sociology of Culture: culture as stratification factor, integration of different capitals – BOBOs, culture as a course of conflict – multiculturalism and modern Western societies – terms of acceptance of the Others. 9. Democratic Triangle: State &Market & Civil Society; Societies in Conflict, Conflict in Societies, : religion, ethnicity, race in contemporary societies; 10. Limits to Growth: environmental challenges, non-renewable resources, different international ecological regimes; dark sites of consumption societies; the new consumer – the collector. 11. Sociology of Organizations – institutions and the players – New Institutional Economics; history of organizational studies; different types of organizations; red-tape and bureaucratization of administration; organizational culture – the new driving force and key factor in organizational survival. 12. Sociology of Crime – different types of crime; putative crime, the growing phenomenon – white collar crime, the collapse major companies;, crisis of managerial capitalism, new legal protective measures. 13. Idea of Progress and the First-Third World relationship: the growing inequalities, North-South relations – new bi-polar division?; the role of information organizations in the current world architecture. 14. Media and Society: history of media research, the phases and patterns of communication, media and consumer seduction, public sphere and political propaganda.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 1960/1961 Summer semester, validity until: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (145) 51 3
        Examination Examination 100  0 3
        Exercises evaluation Credit 45  0 3
Mandatory attendence participation: Plnění zadaných úkolů, studium doporučené literatury Completion of assigned tasks, study of recommended literature

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: Plnění zadaných úkolů, studium doporučené literatury Completion of assigned tasks, study of recommended literature

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Occurrence in study plans

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2001/2002 (B2341) Engineering (3707R001) Economics and Operation of Transport P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2000/2001 (B2341) Engineering (3707R001) Economics and Operation of Transport P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan

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