Course code Soci2023

Credit points 4

Contemporary Sociological Theories

Total Hours in Course160

Number of hours for lectures32

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours96

Date of course confirmation29.11.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Dina Bite

Dr. sc. soc.

Course abstract

The aim of the course is to deepen students' understanding on sociological theories of the 20th and the 21st centuries. During the course the students are introduced with the main sociological paradigms in relation with topical social problems and research directions. The course focuses on classification of theories and trends in development of theories.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students acquire knowledge on fundamental sociological ideas in contemporary sociology; develop skills to be competent in sociological theories. Students develop professional competence in conducing sociological research and ability to apply appropriate theoretical perspective.

Compulsory reading

1. Appelrouth S., Edles L.D. Classical and contemporary sociological theory: text and readings. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Pine Forge Press, 2008. 883 p.
2. Calhoun C. Contemporary sociological theory. 2nd ed. Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishing, 2007. 489 p.
3. Allan K. Contemporary social and sociological theory: visualizing social worlds. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Pine Forge Press, 2006. 455 p.
4. Pитцер Дж. Современные социологические теории. 5-е изд. Москва [и др.]: Питер, 2002. 686 c.

Further reading

1. Cuff E.C. Perspectives in sociology. 5th ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. 422 p.
2. Ritzer G.The McDonaldization of society. Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi: Pine Forge Press, 2004. 309 p.
3. Bauman Z. Liquid Modernity. Cambridge ... [et al.]: Polity Press, 2001. 228 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. European Journal of Social Theory [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 01.11.2011.]. Pieejams:, SAGE Publications Ltd, London Published by Sage Publications. ISSN (printed): 1368-4310. ISSN (electronic): 1461-7137.
2. Current Sociology [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 01.11.2011.]. Pieejams:, SAGE Publications Ltd, London Published by Sage Publications. ISSN (printed): 0011-3921. ISSN (electronic): 1461-7064.
3. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 01.03.2011.]. Pieejams:, SAGE Publications Ltd, London Published by American Sociological Association. ISSN (printed): 0094-3061. ISSN (electronic): 1939-8638.