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ASOC 12A00 - Introduction to Sociology

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 60

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Sociology is, overall, a way of seeing and analyzing the world. It is an eclectic field, encompassing multiple—sometimes contradictory—perspectives, theories and methods. But all sociology shares one fundamental idea: we experience the world in the context of relationships: with individuals, in groups and communities as well as society writ large. Our relationships allow us to make sense of the world and to take action. It is wise to develop tools to describe, reflect on and perhaps even influence the way that society shapes actions, beliefs, values and comprehension.


SAFFORD, Sean (Associate Professor, Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

The weeks are arranged in two main sections. The first part of the course introduces fundamental sociological concepts such as the social construction of reality, norms, identity, deviance, stratification among others. The second half of the course turns to topical areas in which these concepts are applied: the economy, the family, religion, social movements, the state and on-line. The course work is organized into three parts: • Lectures (2 hours per week) • “Bonus” interactive sessions (2 hours every other week) • Discussion Sections (2 hours per week) The lecture is meant to introduce the main concepts, theories and debates in sociology. It is a broad survey of the key ideas in the field of sociology and is meant to draw connections across various intellectual domains. The discussions are designed to help you actively engage with these ideas in more depth. They are closely connected to the lectures. Moreover, they are the foundation on which the whole course is organized, both intellectually and in terms of evaluation.

Course validation

Continuous assessment : 2/3 - A midterm exam - A book/article review or a written document analysis - An oral presentation - A poster presentation Final Exam : 1/3

Required reading

Berger, P., Invitation to sociology. A humanistic perspective. New York: Doubleday, 1963, p. 1-22.

Additional required reading

  • C. Wright Mills, “The Promise of Sociology,” The Sociological Imagination. pp.1-5
  • Durkheim, E., (1997). Egotistical Suicide. Suicide. A Study in sociology. Free Press.
  • Erving Goffman, Asylums, pp. 3-12
  • Stanley Milgram, "Some Conditions of Obedience and Disobedience to Authority," Human Relations, 1965, pp. 57-75.

Senior lecturers

  • ANA, Alexandra (PhD student)
  • DAVIS, Donagh (PhD, Researcher)
  • ELEFTHERIADIS, Konstantinos (PhD, Post doctoral student)