Sociology and analysis of social dynamics
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY
Aim of the course is the introduction to the basic concepts and the interpretative theories of Sociology. It will be illustrate the sociological interpretations on micro and macro social phenomena and transformations. Part of the course will be dedicated to illustrate how the sociological discipline can use its own instruments in order to analyse particularly important social phenomena. During the course, will be analysed a specific subject of sociological research: social capital concept.
First part: introduction to sociology, culture, social structure, socialization, social interaction, organisations, deviance and social control, communities and urban life, inequality, stratification and social classes, ethnic inequality, gender and inequality, age and inequality, family, education, religion, economy and society, politi-cal system, population dynamics, collective behaviour and social movements, social and cultural change.
Second part: introduction to strategies and tools of empirical research. Particular attention will be paid to quantitative techniques of empirical research.
Third part: analysis of social capital, analysis of theories of social capital, strategies of analysis and measurement of social capital.
Fourth part: empirical analysis of social capital and presentation of empirical researches about social capital.
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