Contemporary Theoretical Debates


General characterization





Responsible teacher

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Teaching language





- Alexander, Jeffrey, The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology, Oxford University Press, 2005.
- Tilly, Charles, Trust and Rule, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
- Martuccelli, Danilo, Sociologies et Modernité, Paris, Gallimard, 1999.
- Coleman, James, Foundations of Social Theory, Harvard University Press, 1994.
- Merton, Robert, On Theoretical Sociology: Five essays, Old and New, New York, The Free Press, 1967.
- Hughes, John A.; Sharrock, Wes W.; Martin, Peter J. (2003), Understanding Classical Sociology: Marx, Weber, Durkheim, 2nd edition, London: Sage.
- Sharrock, Wes W.; Hughes, John A.; Martin, Peter J. (2003), Understanding Modern Sociology, London: Sage.
- Turner, Jonathan H. (2013), Contemporary Sociological Theory, London: Sage.
- Patrick Baert, Silva, Filipe Carreira da (2010).Social Theory in the Twentieth Century and Beyond. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Teaching method

Plenary sessions ensured by the associated institutions that secure the lecturing work of the course, to discuss epistemological, theoretical and methodological problems;
Scheduled sessions secured by the associated institutions, open to all doctoral students, dealing with the
discussion of theoretical and methodological issues and specific research problems;
Presentation sessions of essays in progress on students’ research topics, secured by the associated institutions, and organized by groups that share thematic affinities or similar problems;
Tutorial monitoring and discussion, individually or in small groups, on the definition of research problems.

Evaluation method

Continuous assessment through analysis and discussion of the progress reports/essays submitted; skills of
argumentation in the discussion of the research project and essay; writing skills, reflection and theoretical
arguments included in the written essay.

Subject matter


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