Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
ET0059 (AF:284931 AR:128894)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Term
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The course presents the sociological debate and explains to the differences between sociological imagination and sociology as science.
The course will present the most important sociological theories and their developments
It will be analysed the most important concepts used to understand the links between economy and society.
At the end of the course the students
Know the most important sociological theories and their evolutions
know the sociological concepts and be able to analyze the characteristics of contemporary society
know the evolution of sociological concepts
use sources and to follow the sociological debate to understand social issues
The course is at base level. The student doesn’t need of specific sociological knowledge
Introduction on sociology and on sociological method
Macro sociology (functionalistic and neo-functionalist theory; conflict theory)
Micro sociology (ritualism, material and symbolic exchange; social actor theory)
Micro and macro theories integration
The current debate
R. Collins, Teorie sociologiche, Il Mulino, 2006, capitoli: 2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
P. Baert, F. Carreira Da Silva, La teoria sociale contemporanea, cap: 4,5,6,7,8
The verification will be focused about the understanding of sociological theories. Attending students can present a short paper about the contribution of contemporary scholars
The most part of this course is focused on presentation of theoretical sociological debate and on the students involvement about the criticism of the authors thought.
The students will have a very active role in the last part of this course. Every student have to analyse web debate about one issue of contemporary society (globalisation, risk society, individualism and cooperation attitude; society and economy embeddedness). Every one have to choose the contribution of a current scholar and produce a critical paper about his thought
Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion
Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments

Ca' Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Cities, infrastructure and social capital" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 21/04/2018