SPS/07 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

Knowledge of classical and contemporary sociological theories on culture.

Special emphasis will be placed on the perspective of Symbolic Interactionism.

Development of sociological sensitivity and analytical skills for approaching cultural phenomena.

Course Structure

Lectures, presentations, video projections.

Detailed Course Content

Two ways of looking at culture: Social Sciences and Humanities.

Classical theories: Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel. Conflictualist perspectives (Bourdieu). Structural-functionalist perspectives (Parsons, Merton, Alexander).

Symbolic Interactionism (Mead, Blumer, Becker, Denzin).

Subcultures and Social Worlds.

Constructing a social problem.

Studying cultures empirically: basic outlines of qualitative methodology.

Ethnography and participant observation; open-ended interviews; personal documents: biographies, autobiographies, life histories.

Culture and identity: the social construction of Self

Primary socialization, secondary socialization, re-socialization, significant others, and reference groups. Maintenance and transformation of subjective reality. Internalization and social structure.

Textbook Information



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