03857 - General Sociology

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

No poverty Quality education Gender equality Decent work and economic growth

Academic Year 2020/2021

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.

Assessment methods

Test with multiple choice questions.

To inscript to the exam please use the Almaesami webside.

Office hours

See the website of Ettore Scappini