Course code Soci1014

Credit points 4

General Sociological Theory

Total Hours in Course160

Number of hours for lectures32

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours96

Date of course confirmation29.04.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Ginta Kronberga

Dr. sc. soc.

Course abstract

The aim of the course is to deepen students' understanding on theoretical viewpoints, main concepts of sociology and development of sociology as a science in Europe and America. During the course students are introduced with subject of sociology, the development of sociology and methods used in sociology in relation with topical social problems and research directions.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge – students are familiar with concepts of sociological theory on social structure and social processes, they are aware of topical themes of sociology.
• Skills – develop skills to be competent in different theories of sociology, studying of scientific literature, analysing of information, to discuss about trends of social development.
• Competence – students can choose appropriate theoretical approach of sociology and use different research results for analysing of social processes.

Compulsory reading

1. Ballantine J.H., Roberts K.A. Our social world: introduction to sociology. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks California: Pine Forge Press, 2009. 582 p.
2. Paula L., Korpa V. Socioloģija: [mācību līdzeklis]. Jelgava: LLU SZF Socioloģijas katedra, 2010. 143 lpp.
3. Giddens A. Sociology. Cambridge; Malden, MA: Polity, 2006. 1094 p.
4. Volkovs V. Socioloģijas teorijas :XIX gadsimts-XX gadsimta sākums : lekciju kurss. Daugavpils: Daugavpils Universitātes Akadēmiskais apgāds Saule, 2007. 204 lpp.

Further reading

1. Bremze S. English for sociology students. Jelgava: LLU SZF, 2010. 131 lpp.
2. Tisenkopfs T. (sast., Socioloģija Latvijā. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2010. 533 lpp.
3. Bruce S., Yearley S. The Sage Dictionary of sociology. London: Sage Publications, 2006. 328 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. The British Journal of Sociology. - London: Wiley-Blackwell. ISSN 1468-4446
2. Current Sociology [Tiešsaiste] [Skatīts 01.03.2013.] Pieejams:, SAGE Publications Ltd, London
3. Latvijas Universitātes raksti: Socioloģija. [Tiešsaiste] [Skatīts 01.04.2014.] Rīga : Latvijas Universitāte, 2008. 194 lpp. Pieejams: