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 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 15
USOS code 11-JS-11-a


First classes starts on Monday 27th of November at 16:45, room 501, ul. Szamarzewskiego 89 (Wydział Studiów Edukacyjnych, Campus Szamarzewo), building D 

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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


1. Introduction and theoretical perspectives2. How to think beyond our personal thoughts - developing sociological imagination 3. Becoming a member of society 4. Why boys don't cry - socialisation and gender roles 5. Do we need state? - the contemporary debate over the nation states 6. Religion in sociological thought 7. Equality vs. inequality

Reading list

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.