711-0605/35 – Sociology (sociologie)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Social SciencesCredits2
Subject guarantorMgr. Petra Kowaliková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorMgr. Petra Kowaliková, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
YearSemesterwinter + summer
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2016/2017Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFSIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
VYS06 Mgr. Markéta Janíková
KOW01 Mgr. Petra Kowaliková, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Graded credit 0+2

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

Presentation of arguments in the discussion, practical exercises, solving problem situations, test.


Other requirements

Requirements are defined in the terms of completion of the course.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. The Sociological Perspective What is sociology. Describe the historical development of sociology. Describe the sociological perspective and relate it to everyday life experiences and to contemporary social issues. Explain the three major theoretical perspectives in sociology. 2 + 3. Society and Socialization Society. Traditional, modern, and postmodern society. Explain what is meant by the socialization process. Summarize the impact of isolation on children. Name the agents of socialization and rank their importance. Explain the significance of gender roles and how those roles relate to rites of passage. Differentiate between primary, secondary, terciary socialization, between anticipatory socialization and resocialization 4. Social Structure Social Structure. Social status, examples of ascribed, achieved, and master statuses. Social class, power, inequality. Social Roles. Discuss the social roles we acquire throughout our lives. Differentiate between role conflict, role strain, and role exit. 5 + 6. Social Stratification and Social Inequality Defining social stratification. Identify characteristics of the following systems of stratification: slavery, castes, estates, and social classes. Social mobility. Defining social Inequality. Differentiate between the biological significance of race and the social construction of race. Distinguish between prejudice and discrimination. Describe the effects of sex discrimination, ageism. 7 + 8. Deviance Explain the concept of social control. Provide examples of formal and informal social control. Deviance. Explain how sociologists use the term deviance. Summarize the various theories of deviant behavior. Selected types of deviant behavior (drug addiction, sects, CAN syndrom, bullying, suicidal behavior). 9 + 10. Culture Defining Culture. Cultural Value. Compare and constrast society versus culture. Differentiate between the following elements of a culture: language, norms, sanctions, and values. Give examples of cultural universals. Examine and analyze questions of stereotypes, prejudice, and multicultural controversies. Differentiate between subcultures and countercultures, ethnocentrism and cultural relativism. 11 + 12. Basic social institution: the family Explain the functions of the family as a social institution. Describe many factors that contribute to divorce. Explain how family violence violates the protection function of a family. Singles, mingles, cohabitations, registered partnership, gay parenting. 13 + 14. Sociological Research Define and identify the basic steps of the scientific method. Differentiate between quantitative and qualitative research. Discuss the major research designs used by sociologists. Explain the importance of ethics in sociological research, and give an example (Milgram experiment, Stanford prison experiment).

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2016/2017 Winter semester)
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Graded credit Graded credit 100  51 3
Mandatory attendence participation: 80 %

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: Závěrečný písemný test Final written test

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