Study Programmes 2017-2018
Introduction to sociology
Duration :
15h Th
Number of credits :
Master en sciences du travail en alternance, à finalité3
Master in anthropology (120 ECTS)3
Master in human resources management (120 ECTS)3
Master in labour sciences (120 ECTS)3
Master in labour sciences (60 ECTS)3
Master in public health (120 ECTS)2
Lecturer :
Jean-François Orianne
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
This introductory course to sociology is designed for students in the preparatory year of the human and social sciences.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
The main objective of the course is to enable students to master the basic concepts of the discipline
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
The course is organised in seven two-hour sessions, during which the teacher proposes to retrace the main stages of sociological thought, while striving to analyse and articulate different trends and sociological paradigms. Two cross-cutting questions structure this course: the question of rationality and that of developing into modern societies.

Course outline:

Introduction. What is sociology ? (session 1).

First part. The "founders": contribution sociology made to the problem of rationality.

Ch. 1. 1. French sociology, E. Durkheim and the problem of solidarity (session 2)
Ch 2. German sociology, M. Weber and rationalisation (session 3)
Ch. 3. American sociology, G.H. Mead (session 4).

Second part. Analysis and overview: the question of becoming modern societies.

Ch. 4. Functionalist sociology of T. Parsons (session 5)
Ch. 5. The civilisation process of N. Elias (session 6).

Summary and preparation for the examination (session 7)
Recommended or required readings :
Notes and bibliography are available on My ULg
Assessment methods and criteria :
Assessment of the students' work will consist of an oral examination based on the course.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Jean-François Orianne
Sociologie de l'action publique et des problèmes du travail
Boulevard du Rectorat 7
4000 Liège
Bâtiment B31 / Bureau: 1.99 Tel.: 04/366.30.49