Number of credits
Language(s) of instruction
Organisation and examination
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents
This introductory course to sociology is designed for students in the preparatory year of the human and social sciences.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit
The main objective of the course is to enable students to master the basic concepts of the discipline
Prerequisite knowledge and skills
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)
The course is organised in seven two-hour sessions, during which the teacher proposes to retrace the main stages of sociological thought, while striving to analyse and articulate different trends and sociological paradigms. Two cross-cutting questions structure this course: the question of rationality and that of developing into modern societies.
Introduction. What is sociology ? (session 1).
First part. The "founders": contribution sociology made to the problem of rationality.
Ch. 1. 1. French sociology, E. Durkheim and the problem of solidarity (session 2)
Ch 2. German sociology, M. Weber and rationalisation (session 3)
Ch. 3. American sociology, G.H. Mead (session 4).
Second part. Analysis and overview: the question of becoming modern societies.
Ch. 4. Functionalist sociology of T. Parsons (session 5)
Ch. 5. The civilisation process of N. Elias (session 6).
Summary and preparation for the examination (session 7)
Recommended or required readings
Notes and bibliography are available on My ULg
Assessment methods and criteria
Assessment of the students' work will consist of an oral examination based on the course.
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