SOCIOLOGY

Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali SOCIOLOGY

1212100044
DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE POLITICHE, SOCIALI E DELLA COMUNICAZIONE
POLITICAL AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SCIENCE
2013/2014



OBBLIGATORIO
YEAR OF COURSE 2
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2008
SECONDO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
1080LESSONS
Objectives
THE AIM OF THE COURSE IS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH THE CONCEPTUAL TOOLS FOR THE SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
ABILITY TO IDENTIFY THE SOCIAL DIMENSION OF ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, INSTITUTIONAL PHENOMENA THAT ARE TYPICAL OF CONTEMPORARY SOCIETIES, MUCH AS THE ADVANCED AS THE RELATIVELY LESS DEVELOPED ONES.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
ABILITY TO DECODE THE SCIENTIFIC AND POLITICAL DEBATE ABOUT THE SOCIAL WORLD AND ITS CHANGE, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO CONTEMPORARY SOCIETIES AND THE GLOBAL CAPITALIST SYSTEM.

MAKING JUDGMENTS
ABILITY TO INDEPENDENTLY ANALYZE THE ESSENTIAL ASPECTS OF THE STATISTICAL DATA, POLICY AND REGULATORY DOCUMENTS AND SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE ON THE TOPICS COVERED BY THE COURSE.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS
ABILITY TO CRITICALLY ILLUSTRATE, WITH PROPERTIES OF LANGUAGE AND EXTENSIVE EXAMPLES, THE CONCEPTUAL MODELS AND THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE DISCIPLINE.

LEARNING SKILLS
ABILITY TO LINK WITH THOSE LEARNED SKILLS ACQUIRED DURING THE COURSES OF STUDY MORE CLOSELY RELATED, BOTH TO THE SUBJECT AREA OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES THAT THE ECONOMICS AND THE LAW ONES.
Prerequisites
IT IS USEFUL TO HAVE ACQUIRED A BASIC KNOWLEDGE IN THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE COURSES IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE CDS SPRI.
Contents
THE COURSE IS DIVIDED INTO TWO MODULES OF 5 CFU EACH.
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF SOCIOLOGY.
THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE BIRTH OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. POSITIVISM, EVOLUTIONISM AND HISTORICAL MATERIALISM. CRISIS AND REACTION: FUNCTIONALISM, VERSTEHEN SOCIOLOGY, FORMAL SOCIOLOGY, INTERACTIONISM. SURVIVAL AND DEVELOPMENTS OF THE EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH. THE ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY. THE ECOLOGICAL APPROACH. THE REVIVAL OF EVOLUTIONISM IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY. FUNCTIONALISM AND SYSTEMIC ANALYSIS OF CHANGE. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES AND THE NATURAL SCIENCES IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD: SOCIOBIOLOGY, CULTURAL MATERIALISM, THE WORLD-SYSTEM APPROACH.
2. A. BASIC CATEGORIES OF SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS.
FREEDOM AND DEPENDENCE. SOCIAL GROUPS. COMMUNITY AND ORGANIZATION. AND GIFT EXCHANGE. CHOICE AND POWER. SELF-PRESERVATION AND DUTY. STATE AND NATION. NATURE AND CULTURE. ORDER AND CHAOS. EVERYDAY LIFE. TRAILS AND MEANINGS OF SOCIOLOGY.
2. B. SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS AND THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD.
CONFLICTS AND MOVEMENTS. DEVIANCE. INEQUALITY AND POVERTY. ECONOMY AND WORK. EUROPE. YOUTH. GLOBALIZATION. ITALY. LEISURE AND SPORTS. MIGRATION. RELIGION. RISK. SCIENCE. THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY. WELFARE.
Teaching Methods
THE COURSE CONSISTS OF 72 HOURS OF LESSONS - SOME OF WHICH, VARIABLE IN EACH OF THE MODULES, WILL BE CONDUCTED IN A SEMINAR FORMAT DEPENDING ON THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AS THEY COME UP - AND 8-HOUR TUTORIALS.
MODE OF STUDY
ATTENDANCE IS NOT MANDATORY, ALTHOUGH HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
ITALIAN.
Verification of learning
THE EXAM CONSISTS IN A DISCUSSION ON THE CONTENTS OF THE COURSE. PARTICIPATION IN EXERCISES (WITH ATTRIBUTION OF VOTING) THAT PRODUCE EXEMPTION FROM A PART OF THE EXAMINATION PROGRAM IS OPTIONAL. IN THE EVALUATION OF THE STUDENT’PERFORMANCE THE DISPLAY CAPACITY AND ACCURACY OF LANGUAGE WILL BE HELD INTO ACCOUNT, AS WELL AS KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT MATTER .
Texts
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF SOCIOLOGY: D. MADDALONI, VISIONI IN MOVIMENTO. TEORIE DELL’EVOLUZIONE E SCIENZE SOCIALI DALL’ILLUMINISMO AD OGGI, ANGELI, MILANO, 2011.
2. A. BASIC CATEGORIES OF SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS: Z. BAUMAN, PENSARE SOCIOLOGICAMENTE, IPERMEDIUM, NAPOLI, 1999.
2. B. SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS AND THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD:D. MADDALONI (A CURA DI), IL MONDO CONTEMPORANEO. UN LESSICO SOCIOLOGICO, IPERMEDIUM, NAPOLI, 2012.

ONLY FOR THE TEACHING MODULE REPORTED IN SECTION 2.A, THE PROFESSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO INDICATE MORE TEXT AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE ONE MENTIONED ABOVE.
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