Course code Soci6011

Credit points 2

Sociology in Latvia

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours56

Date of course confirmation29.11.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developers

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Līga Paula

Dr. sc. soc.

author #Socioloģijas katedra#

Maiga Krūzmētra


Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to deepen knowledge about establishment of sociology as a science discipline in Latvia and its development, the most significant research institutions and research streams, notable Latvian sociologists and their international contributions. The study course focuses also on issues related to future development perspectives of sociology as a science discipline in Latvia as well as in the international context. The role of sociologists in both academic and public spheres is also emphasized.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge - deepened knowledge about establishment of sociology as a science discipline in Latvia and its development, about notable sociologists and their contributions, about sociological organizations and their research streamlines. Skills – to evaluate preconditions and contextual conditions of development of sociology in different time periods in Latvia; to explain the role of sociologists in public sphere in analysing and explaining social processes, in elaboration of policies, and in developing closer relationships with other science disciplines in Latvia. Competences – ability to identify common issues that can be addressed by interdisciplinary studies involving sociology and other science disciplines; ability to evaluate and ground research priorities in Latvia considering national context and guidelines for social sciences set by the EU.

Compulsory reading

1. Tisenkopfs T. ( Socioloģija Latvijā. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2010. 535 lpp.
2. Tabuns A. (red.) Sabiedrības pārmaiņas Latvijā. Rīga: Jumava, 1998. 277 lpp.
3. European Commission. Emerging trends in Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities in Europe. The METRIS report. Brussels: European Commission, 2009. 143 p. Pieejams:
4. Vilks A. Filozofiskā socioloģija Latvijā. Antoloģija studentiem. Rīga: Drukātava, 2008. 167 lpp.

Further reading

1. Kūle M., Muižniece L., Vēgners U. Teodors Celms: fenomenoloģiskie meklējumi. Rīga: FSI, 2009. 328 313 lpp.
2. Stradiņš J. Zinātnes un augstskolu sākotne Latvijā. Rīga: Latvijas vēstures institūta apgāds, 2009. 639 lpp.
3. Tisenkopfs T., Bela B., Kunda I. ( Augstskolas reģionos: zināšanu un prakses mijiedarbe. Rīga: Zinātne, 2011. 495 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Humanities and Social Sciences: Latvia. Rīga: University of Latvia, Institute of economics, Latvian Academy of Sciences. ISSN 1022-4483
2. Latvijas Universitātes raksti. Socioloģija. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte. ISSN 1407-2157
3. Sociālo zinātņu vēstnesis. Daugavpils: Daugavpils Universitāte. ISSN 1691-1881