2017-2018 / SOCI0154-1

Introduction to sociology


15h Th

Number of credits

 Master en sciences du travail, à finalité (en alternance)3 crédits 
 Master in anthropology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (60 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in public health (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Jean-François Orianne

Language(s) of instruction

French language

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.

Course outline:

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.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Jean-François Orianne
Sociologie de l'action publique et des problèmes du travail
Boulevard du Rectorat 7
4000 Liège
Bâtiment B31 / Bureau: 1.99 Tel.: 04/366.30.49
Email: jforianne@ulg.ac.be