Introduction to Sociology

ldroi1221  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to Sociology
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
3 credits
45.0 h
Main themes
Elements of Sociology 1. Specificity of the sociological approach; 2. Main sociological points of views; 3. Introduction of the sociological vocabulary: status and role groups and culture - values and norms; 4. Analysis of the main social life's mechanisms: social stratification - classes - social change. Introduction to Political Sociology Five topics will be taken into consideration: 1. The State: comparative analysis of the State in sociological theory; 2. Political groups: parties, pressure groups, minorities, revolutionary groups; 3. Political opinions: opinion's formation, theory and methodology of surveys and role of socio-demographic determinants of opinion (age, sex, classes, religion, education,…) 4. Electoral Sociology 5. Questions about the industrial society. It is a ex-cathedra teaching, with eventually other pedagogical approaches. A syllabus will be available at the beginning of the semester.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 To introduce the students to the specificity of the sociological approach and to the diversity of the sociological points of views; After introducing to the basic sociological vocabulary, to offer to the students the conceptual and technical instruments for dealing with several sociological questions including those concerned by Public Law.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Interdisciplinary Advanced Master in Science and Management of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Master [120] in Environmental Science and Management

Bachelor in Law