General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Introduction To Sociology
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Daria Hejwosz-Gromkowska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Educational Studies
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 11-JS-11-a


30 hours 

2 gropus x 30 h = 60 hours 


Module aim (aims)

The aim of the course is to develop what C. Wright Mills calls "the sociological imagination". The course will allow students to looking for the answers for the following questions: what is society? how does it change? how can we understand it? what is the role of the individuals in shaping society and how society shapes the lives of individuals? The course introduces students to the world of sociological thought and prominent empirical investigations. Readings include the classical and current sociological papers about socialisation, social inequalities, state and nation, religion.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

English on intermediate level, allowing for easily speaking and reading the articles in English


Introduction and theoretical perspectives

How to think beyond our personal thoughts - developing sociological imagination

Becoming a member of society

Why boys don't cry - socialisation and gender roles 

Gender and social inequalities 

Equality and inequalities in society 

Factors of social startification 

Education and social startification 

Social Justice in society 

Race, Culture, Multiculturalism in the contemporary societies 

 Do we need state? - the contemporary debate over the nation states, nationalism and patriotism

 Religion in sociological thought 

Reading list

All necessary papers that will be discussed during the course will be provided by the lecturer 

1. C. Leaper, C. K. Friedman, The Socialization of Gender (chapter 22) Handbook of Socialization: Theory and Research, edited by Joan E. Grusec and Paul D. Hastings2. Barnes L. P., Diversity, [w:] Debates in religious education, red. L. P. Barnes, Routledge, London and New York 2012.3.Billig M., Banal Nationalism, Sage, London 19954.Brubaker R., In the Name of the Nation: Re?ections on Nationalism and Patriotism, “Citizenship Studies”, 8 (2) 2004.5.Butt R., Church and state could separate in UK, says Archbishop of Canterbury, “The Guardian”, 17.12.2008, adres strony internetowej: 6.Elshtain J.B., Civil society, religion, and the formation of citizens, [w:] Making good citizens. Education and civil society, red. D. Ravitch, J.P.Viteritti, Yale University Press, New Haven-London 2001.7.Kumar K., Negotiating English identity: Englishness, Britishness and the future of the United Kingdom, “Nations and Nationalism”, 16 (3), 2010.