22910090 - General Sociology

Today, the sociologist must be able to analyze and respond to different issues of social coexistence: globalization, ecology, gender and sexuality, migration ... major issues that bring with them the transformations of social relations, family, stratification, education, religion, the arts, the use of the media. The course therefore intends to address the forms and changes of living in society, according to different theories and methods of investigation.
With the study of General Sociology, the student will be able to achieve the following educational objectives.
In terms of knowledge and comprehension:
- knowledge of the theoretical principles of sociology;
- ability to express oneself in the language and terms of the discipline;
- understanding of the interconnections that structure the relationship between man and society in different macro systemic contexts: social, economic, cultural.
In terms of knowledge and comprehension skills applied:
- ability to apply the knowledge acquired in research projects on the topics covered by the course;
- ability to apply sociological theories by elaborating research hypotheses and selecting the most suitable research techniques.
In terms of autonomy of judgement:
- ability to critically read manuals and specialist texts concerning the discipline;
- ability to identify the appropriate methods of study and research in relation to the different contexts of application;
- ability to read critically the results of studies, research and projects.
In terms of communication skills:
- acquisition of terminology specific to the discipline;
- ability to express clearly, even to a non-specialist audience, environmental issues in the global socio-economic context.
In terms of learning capacity:
- understanding of the importance of field observation and direct experience of the processes being studied.

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If you think of sociology as reflective thinking about man, on his acting in society, one can say that he has always existed: from philosophy, literature, scholars of all ages to the most diverse fields. A science stems from the need for men to meet certain needs, proposing answers, practical solutions to certain problems or cognitive needs. Early sociological elaborations were attempts to reach an understanding of how, and through which actors, society was transforming and provide some guidance in establishing new social orders. As the problems of urban and industrial societies worsened, both in size and complexity, as the capitalist system developed, new political movements emerged and with them collective movements, sociology assumed the task of investigating and try to solve the multiple problems of a modern society. Today, the sociologist has to be able to analyze and respond to other issues of social coexistence: globalization, ecology, gender and sexuality, migrations ... great themes that bring in the transformations of social relationships, family, stratification , education, religion, the arts, the use of mass media. The course intends to address the forms and changes of living in society, according to different theories and methods of investigation. Particular attention will be paid to the topics closest to the professional path of the Degree Course.

Core Documentation

For 6 CFU
Texts suggested:

1) Un testo a scelta:
Smelser, Sociologia Generale, Il Mulino

2) Un testo a scelta tra:

E. Goffman, La vita quotidiana come rappresentazione o I rituali dell’interazione, L. Berger, T. Luckmann, La realtà come costruzione sociale, M. Weber,Lo spirito protestante e le origini del capitalismo o La scienza come professione. La politica come professione, E. Durkheim, Il Suicidio, P. H. Marcuse, L’uomo ad una dimensione, W. Adorno, La personalità autoritaria Bourdieu, Il dominio maschile, Feltrinelli, C.W. Mills, L'immaginazione sociologica, Il Saggiatore, Hannah Arendt, Vita activa o Le origini del totalitarismo, qualsiasi edizione, Franco Ferrarotti, La sociologia alla riscoperta della qualità/oppure/ La sociologia .

3) Milena Gammaitoni, Storie di vita di artiste europee, dal Medioevo alla contemporaneità, Cleup, Padova

I libri dell'editore Cleup si possono ordinare direttamente a redazione@cleup.it oppure on line su ibs libri.

For 9 CFU another text to choose below:

M. D’Amato, Telefantasie, per una sociologia dell’immaginario, M. D’Amato a cura, Immaginario e satanismo, K. Carnà, S. Rossetti, Kotha. Donne bangladesi nella Roma che cambia, Ediesse, 2018, K Carnà, Nuove identità in una società multietnica, Percorsi tra scuole, religioni, famiglie, Cleup, 2020, C. Costa, B. Morsello, Incerta religiosità, forme molteplici del credere, Franco Angeli, 2020, F. Antonelli, a cura, Genere, sessualità e teorie sociologiche, Cedam, 2018, A. Romeo, Per una sociologia del corpo, Mondadori, 2018, I. Bartholini, Violenza di prossimità. La vittima, il carnefice, lo spettatore e il «grande occhio», M. Gammaitoni, a cura, Le arti e la politica. Le risposte della sociologia, Cleup, 2015, M. Gammaitoni, a cura, Per una sociologia delle arti. Storia e storie di vita, Cleup, 2012 L. Aversano, O. Caianiello, M. Gammaitoni, a cura, Musiciste e Compositrici, Storia e storie di vita, SEdM, 2022, M. Gammaitoni a cura, Roma in mutamento? Intercultura e inclusione per servizi pubblici innovativi, Cleup, 2022.

Reference Bibliography

Gallino o Larousse, Dizionario di Sociologia Nicolò Govoni, Se fosse tuo figlio Elena Giannini Belotti, Dalla parte delle bambine

Type of delivery of the course

Depending about anti covid

Type of evaluation

Test multiple answers