2023-2024 / SOCI0003-1

Elements of Sociology


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Certificate in teaching of philosophy and citizenship (not organised in 2022-2023)5 crédits 


Gautier Pirotte

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This introductory course aims to gradually familiarize you with the discipline of sociology, its authors, and its position within the social sciences. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

- Identify, memorize and understand the vocabulary of the discipline;

- Know the major authors of sociology, their founding theories, and the paradigm in which they operate (determinism or interactionism);

- Know the elements of the sociological method and distinguish this method from other social sciences;

- Identify the theoretical elements that allow the interpretation of a situation from a sociological perspective 

- Select and associate information from popularized or scientific sociological texts covered in the course.

- Ideally, this course will allow you to develop and refine your personal point of view on sociological debates. It may also stimulate your interest in sociology. If necessary, the course will provide you with references to go further.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Ex-cathedra course. Students listen carefully and take notes during the course.

+ Further reading

- The syllabus and the book by N. Rigaux. 

- Reading assignment. Two short texts will be offered to students during the term. They will have to read them carefully and answer questions on vocabulary, comprehension and opinion on these texts in order to strengthen their skills in reading scientific texts.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

1) Syllabus (Part I. Founders'Theories of Sociology) and articles.

2) RIGAUX Nathalie, Introduction à la sociologie par six grands auteurs, Bruxelles, De Boeck, 2021 (4th ed.) 

3) Powerpoint Presentations (available on e-campus)

4) PAUGAM S. (dir.), 50 questions de sociologie, Paris, PUF, 2020. (2 extracts). Evailable on e-campus. 

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Gautier Pirotte


Phone : 04/366.27.80


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