Sociological Theories II

Name: Sociological Theories II
Code: SOC2408L
Duration: 15 weeks/156 hours
Scientific Area: Sociology

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese
Regime de Frequência: Presencial


The UC offers the great contemporary sociological theoretical formulations without any exclusion.

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

The course aims to present concise and systematically the main paradigms of sociological thought. It is intended that students acquire the following specific skills:
1 - ability to identify assumptions and main outlines of the paradigms and theories of the sociological analysis
2 - ability to relate different analysis of social reality with the paradigms and theories that support them


Introduction: Controversies and domains of sociology

I. Schools and developments in the twentieth century
1. Functionalism and Structural Functionalism
2. Symbolic interactionism and the Chicago School
3. Critical Theory (Frankfurt School)

II. Reformulations and Synthesis Paradigms
1. Pierre Bourdieu and the theory of practice
2. Anthony Giddens and the theory of structuration

III. Recent trends and problems
1. Modernity, post modernity and social theory
2. The risk society
3 Identity and social reflexivity
4. Global cities and networked society

IV New (or renewed) challenges of social theory

Teaching Methods

The unit intends to achieve its objectives through:
a) lectures, in which the teacher transmits a synthetic and systematic frame of the essential contents.
b) theoretical and practical lessons, in which the teacher involves students in the discussion of texts, dismantling of theories and concepts, etc..
c) an evaluation system that enhances the identification and recognition of the theoretical concepts proposed, including the reporting of comparison and synthesis

Teaching Staff