03857 - General Sociology

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Course contents

The course aims at promoting personal ability in reading original sociological texts. Basic concepts of sociological theory will be presented through direct reading of research and theoretical texts of classic and contemporary authors. Specific attention will be paid to relations of sociology with the disciplines studying educational phenomena, the modern political thought and the theoretical perspectives opened by psychoanalysis


Required Reading List

  • Luciano Gallino, Il denaro, il debito e la doppia crisi spiegati ai nostri nipoti, Torino, Einaudi, 2015.
  • Corpi e soggetti, a cura di Chiara Cretella e Alessandro Russo, Bologna Clueb (solo i saggi sopra indicati di Gattei, Romitelli, Mini, Gambino e Mazzotti).
  • Letture di Sociologia, a cura di A. Russo, Bononia University Press, i capitoli di Marx, Freud, Goffman e Simmel (quest’ultimo è solo consigliato).
  • Emile Durkheim, Il suicidio, edizione ridotta, BUR.
  • Alessandro Russo, La sociologia di Freud, Franco Angeli (lettura consigliata)
  • I non frequentanti seguiranno lo stesso programma dei frequentanti, comprese le lezioni-e-learning. Inoltre leggeranno come obbligatorio il testo di Alessandro Russo, La sociologia di Freud.


Teaching methods

The course includes lectures, conferences by invited specialists and videos related to the topics.

Three lessons will be conducted in e-learning:


A detailed syllabus will be made available at the beginning of the course.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of a written test lasting two hours. The student will develop three answers to key topics examined in class and in the textbooks. The student will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the volumes contained in the program and a capacity for critical reflection.

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