Course Objective

(a) Subject-specific learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course the student should have basic knowledge
• Core themes in sociology and its key questions, including recent
developments, in particular of:
o The sociological imagination
o The development of sociological theories and methodologies
o The key themes of:
 Migration
 Urbanisation
 Globalisation
 Social stratification
 Industrialisation/rationalisation
o The importance of social context
• The relation between sociology and law and criminology

(b) Academic learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
• Read, understand, analyse and reflect upon (social) scientific
• Analyse, interpret and use scientific knowledge (empirical studies and
literature) in a written assignment on a basic level
• Make a reasoned choice for a social scientific approach and reflect on
the consequences of the chosen approach to multilevel societal problems
• conduct a small scale supervised literature study (formulate research
questions, collect relevant information and apply social scientific
theories in an appropriate way given the context) and derive sound

(c) Social and communication learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
• Work in a focused and systematic way, both independently and as member
of a team of people who have diverse (national, cultural, disciplinary)
• In a scientifically substantiated manner clearly and convincingly
present viewpoints and findings to different target groups, both orally
and in written form

Course Content

“No man is an island” – this well-known phrase catches the essence of
the social science of sociology and of the importance of sociology for
(future) academics. Everything that happens in our globalised world
happens within a (societal) context. In the course Introduction to
sociology, students will be introduced to ‘sociological imagination’ and
to some of the main themes and key thinkers of sociology. Much of the
defining moments of sociological history are impacted by the theme
migration. This will, therefore, be central to the course. Key themes to
be discussed are migration, urbanisation, globalisation, social
stratification and industrialisation/rationalisation. Key thinkers to be
introduced are Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber and Georg Simmel.

Teaching Methods

Seminars (Attendance is mandatory)

Method of Assessment

Written exam

General Information

Course Code R_SocioL
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Examiner prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Teaching Staff A. Eleveld
drs. B. Slijper

Practical Information

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