Classics of Sociology I
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Sotsioloogilised teooriad: klassikud I
Course title in English
Classics of Sociology I
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
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Course aims
The objective is to introduce the most important sociological theories, related to structural understanding of pre-industrial and industrial (modern) society.
Brief description of the course
Basics of categorizing theories. Society as a functional system. Early functionalism. Functionalism of T. Parson’s and R. Merton’s. Critical structuralism and conflict theory (K. Marx and others). Functionalist conflict theory (G. Simmel and others). Frankfurt school of thought. M. Weber’s understanding of religion and society. Social exchange theory (G. Homans, P. Blau and others). J. Habermas’s critical social theory and theory of communicative action. P. Bourdieu’s understanding of society and it’s critique. Participation in lectures is compulsory for passing the course. A written essay has to be prepared as an independent work based on required readings and topics.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
Knowledge about the treated social theories, ability to systematise and compare them.
Ability to independently work with theoretical texts, to finding the substantial in them and the ability to reproduce.
Jüri Kruusvall, PhD