HSP377 General Sociology

Code HSP377
Name General Sociology
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Social Science
Academic staff Gunārs Ozolzīle, Sandra Stašāne, Valerijs Kuņickis, Vineta Gobiņa, Silvija Rēvele, Laila Girsova, Solveiga Upīte
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The subject teaches about the foundations of a society. It develops the skills necessary for the analysis of processes and changes happening in the social reality and of the resulting social contradictions and problems (class, gender, ethnic and race related). Special attention is paid to socialization and deviation, as well as to some social institutions: family, religion, education. The subject matter is analyzed in the context of the history and theories of sociology. At the end of the course, students are taught the methodology, methodical and techniques of specific sociological studies..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The aim of the subject is to teach the basic skills necessary for understanding the main regularities of the society functioning as a social and cultural system. During the course, students will gain understanding about the mechanisms of social action, interaction and social relations. Lessons develop the skills necessary for analyzing and understanding social processes happening in the society.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Understanding of the main regularities governing the society function as a social and cultural system. - Group discussion. Exercises.
Ability to recognize and compare the main theories of sociology. Ability to apply these theories to the analysis of social processes taking place in the modern society. - Seminar discussion, final test and regular test questions.
Knowledge of the main social bodies, their structure and the regularities of their functioning. - Group discussion, exercise and test questions.
Ability to discern quantitative and qualitative study methods and to assess the representativeness of the gathered data. - Practical task, exercises.
Final assessment of study results. - Final test.
Course prerequisites not necessary

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