03857 - General Sociology

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Educator in Childhood Social Services (cod. 9083)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: - knows and understands the main sociological theories; - has a good understanding of the individual’s primary and secondary socialization processes; - is capable of understanding the sociological contexts particularly regarding the transformations during the XX century; - is able to understand and critically analyze the factors that occur to determine gender roles; - knows how to master the category of gender and the proper concepts of contemporary feminist thought.

Course contents

Sociology is a discipline which uses its own particular concepts and research methods to study human societies as products of individual, group and institutional action. The course provides basic tools and knowledge for the comprehension and analysis of principal social phenomena. Each theme will be discussed with basic elements, theoretical approaches and the principal findings of recent research.

The course begins with a discussion of the following concepts: social action and interaction; groups, associations and organisations; regulations and institutions; culture and values; identity and socialisation. It will then deal with the central typical themes of sociological research, particularly: deviant behaviour, criminality, religion, stratification and social mobility, race and ethnic groups, families and marriage, education, economy, society, politics and globalisation.


For all students:

- A. Bagnasco, M. Barbagli, A. Cavalli, Corso di sociologia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2012.

Teaching methods

The lessons are frontal with the aid of lecture notes and/or PowerPoint slides.

Assessment methods

Test with multiple choice questions.

To inscript to the exam please use the Almaesami webside.

Teaching tools

Power point presentation.

Office hours

See the website of Ettore Scappini


No poverty Quality education Gender equality Decent work and economic growth

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.