Course Title : Introduction to Sociology
Code Course
Credits ECTS
SOC 101-1 C 1 3 0 0 3.00 4
Lecturer and Office Hours
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language Albanian
Course Level
Description The program of the course "Introduction to Sociology" contains a set of concepts, knowledge and values, logically related to each other to better interpret phenomena, processes and tendencies of society development based on sociological analysis. The student will observe different research methods, which include sociological experiment, surveys, interviews, sociological observation etc. Scientific study should analyze the cultural context, paying particular attention to symbols, norms, the material, sub-culture, counterculture, ethnocentrism, ksenocentrizëm, cultural relativity, socialization etc. Among the key concepts that will be explored in the context of this program are: stages of socialization process, deviation, gender differences, economic stratification, family, race, ethnicity, national minorities, racial or ethnic discrimination, religion. The course will present a broad overview of social functions and ideologies as world religion, secularism, fundamentalism, work features in most industrialized countries, urbanization, metropolis, megalopolis, urban area, individual social mobility, structural social mobility, traditional society, modern, Post-Modern society etc.
Objectives 1. To provide students with intellectual ability to analyze phenomena, processes the most important developments of society 2. To gain basic knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research. 3. Cultivate skills in order to be involved in practical solving of various social problems dealing with the individual, with certain social groups or the whole society; 4. To increase awareness and commitment to respect the values, cultural and legal norms as an indispensable condition for coexistence in contemporary society and pledges for their promotion.
Course Outline
1What is Sociology? Problems and Perspectives
2.Culture and society 2.Socialization and phases of life
3Social interaction and everyday life. 2. Conformism and avoidance
4Static and class structure
5Ethnicity and race 2. Groups and organizations
6Politics, Government, and State 2. War and military
7Kinship, marriage and family 2. Communication and media education
8Midterm Exam
9Religion 2. Interreligious tolerance
10Work and economic life 2. Globalization and the changing world
11Modern urbanization 2. Population, health and aging
12Revolutions and social movements
13Research Methods
14The progress of sociological theory
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1The student must understand the complexity of social reality through the guidance of the scientific literature
2The studen shoul have exhausted operating methods as well as empirical methods of ideological implementation
3The student should be able to interpret texts of sociological context
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects15
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade60
Contribution of final examination to overall grade40
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16348
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14228
Assignments 122
Midterms 100
Final examination 11515
Other 11010
Total Work Load 103
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 4.12

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