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Thinking sociologically - an introduction - JSB530
Title: Úvod do sociologického myšlení
Guaranteed by: Department of Sociology (23-KS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/2, C [HS]
Capacity: 135 / 23 (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Belongs to the student work of type: bakalářská práce
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Mgr. Jitka Wirthová, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Atefeh Bagherianziarat
Bc. Monika Dujka Bukovjanová
Mgr. Jitka Wirthová, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for LLEP
Incompatibility : JSB001, JSB580
Interchangeability : JSB001
Is incompatible with: JSB001, JSB580
Is pre-requisite for: JSB550, JSB003
Is interchangeable with: JSB001
In complex pre-requisite: JSB023
Annotation -
The course introduces first-semester students to sociology and the nature of the study in social sciences. Students will learn the basic principles of sociological reasoning and understand the relationship between sociology and society. They will be introduced to sociological work through thematically defined lectures. Students will learn to read and discuss an expert text and gradually begin to use professional sociological knowledge to interpret social reality. They will use this knowledge in researching their first steps and experiences at university in the form of diary entries and their sociological analysis. They will share and discuss the progress of their research in seminars; the most significant findings will be presented at the final mini-conference, which will serve as a source of topics and feedback for the students' final theses.
Last update: Wirthová Jitka, Mgr., Ph.D. (13.09.2022)
Aim of the course - Czech

1. Porozumět cílům, způsobům práce a možnostem sociologie

2. Rozvíjet schopnost používat vybrané sociologické pojmy a vztahovat je k pozorované skutečnosti

3. Zvládnout základy intelektuální práce – aktivní četba odborné literatury, diskuze a prezentace na seminářích a spolupráce na výsledné seminární práci

Last update: Wirthová Jitka, Mgr., Ph.D. (13.09.2022)
Course completion requirements -

The course is completed with "zápočet"

Žápočet” is decided by the seminar leader. In order to complete the course successfully, it is necessary to:

1. Actively participate in seminars (one unexcused absence is allowed): subject to change depending on safety measures related to COVID-19

2. Weekly tasks for Sociological Diaries (nine tasks) being accepted

3. Participate in a mini-conference and cooperate in a group

4. Seminar essay (2500-3000 words) being accepted


Evaluation of individual tasks is verbal (in the form of a comment in Moodle or communicated at a seminar). If the weekly task or seminar essay is not accepted, the student must correct it according to the instructions of the seminar leaders and deliver it by the specified deadline. The student is entitled to two corrections; the third non-acceptance of any weekly task or seminar essay leads to no credit. Late submissions do not count.

Students are evaluated according to the following criteria: creativity and thoroughness in writing their Sociological Diary, the ability to respond to the suggestions of seminar leaders and presenters, active participation in seminar discussions and the ability to sociologically interpret information from the diaries in the seminar essay.

Deadlines for submission of weekly assignments

1. Students submit weekly assignments for the Sociological Diary every Sunday by 12:00 to the appropriate folder in Moodle.

2. Assignments for the next week will be available in Moodle every Sunday from 12:00.

3. The deadline for the submission of the final seminar essay during the examination period will be specified by the seminar leader.

Last update: Wirthová Jitka, Mgr., Ph.D. (13.09.2022)
Literature -

Lecture 1: Thinking sociologically - an introduction

Recommended sources:

·       Bauman, Zygmunt. 2012. This Is Not a Diary. Polity.

·       A project of American sociologist Andrew Abbott „Barabara Celarent: Varieties of Social Imagination“ (

·       The Sociological Review Magazine (

Lecture 2. Academic work



lecture 3: University


·       Shils, Edward. 1992. “Points of Departure: The Idea of the University: Obstacles and Opportunities in Contemporary Societies.” Minerva 30(2):301–13. doi: 10.1007/BF01096887.

·       Delanty, Gerard (1998) “The Idea of the University in the Global Era: From Knowledge as an End to the End of Knowledge?” Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy 12(1):3–25. doi: 10.1080/02691729808578865.


·       Burrawoy. „The public university – a battleground for real utopias“ (dostupné na:

·       Delanty, Gerard (2001) Challenging Knowledge: The University in the Knowledge Society. SRHE, Open University Press.

Lecture 4: Sociology


Merton, R. K. (1949) “The self-fulfilling prophecy” In: Merton, Robert K. (1968) Social Theory and Social Structure. New York: The Free Press p. 475.


Bauman, Z., Tim May (2019) Thinking Sociologically, 3rd Edition. Willey-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-95998-5 

Přednáška 5: Sociologické pojetí modernity


·       Milgram, Stanley (1974) Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View. New York: Harper & Row


Přednáška 6: Postkolonialismus



Recommended readings to the whole course:

·       Bauman, Zygmunt (2013) The Individualized Society. John Wiley and Sons.

·       Giddens, Anthony (1997) The Consequence of Modernity. Cambridge: Polity Press; Blackwell Publishing.

·       Matthewman, Steve, and Kate Huppatz (2020) “A Sociology of Covid-19.” Journal of Sociology. doi: 10.1177/1440783320939416.

·       Mills, C. Wright (2000) “Intellectual craftsmanship“ in: Mills, C. Wright. The Sociological Imagination. 1st 1959. New York: Oxford University Press.

·       Ritzer, George (2020) The McDonaldization of Society: Into the Digital Age Tenth Edition. SAGE.

·       Simmel, Georg (1991) “Money in Modern Culture.” Theory, Culture & Society 8(3):17–31. doi: 10.1177/026327691008003002.

Last update: Wirthová Jitka, Mgr., Ph.D. (14.09.2023)
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