Pierre Boudrieu’s idea of structural constructivism.
The theory of structuration.
Naturalistic and anti-naturalistic approaches and their consequences for methodological orientation in sociology.
Methods and techniques of social research.
Functions of scholarly research in sociology.
The role of empathetic introspection (inner experience) in research practice.
Research conceptualisation: basic components.
Opernationalisation and operational definitions.
Indicators, types of indicators in sociological research. The power of indicators.
Measurement. Scales of measurement, the essence of measurement.
Accuracy of measurement. Selected methods of accuracy determination and reliability of -measurement tools.
Application of scales in sociological research. Examples of measurement scales.
Compare the interview questionnaire and the questionnaire in quantitative research.
Qualitative research in sociology.
Quantitive research in Sociology.
Representative research: research samples, random samples, non-random samples.
Experiment as a research method. (laboratory experiment and natural experiment.
Content analysis and conceptual analysis.
Consumption and Mcdonalization.
Social diversity and inequality (sources of social inequality, social stratification, social mobility, underclass, contemporary social stratification, cognitariat, digitariat, digital gap).
Poverty and social exclusion (relative and absolute poverty, official data of poverty and subjective assessment of poverty, various explanations of poverty causes, social exclusion: economic, political, social).
Nation as a sociological problem (nation vs ethnic group, types of ethnic groups, national movements in Europe, ethnic conflicts, national/ethnic minorities, ethnicity in Polish sociology)
Social change, social change and development and progress, collective activities, mass activities, social movements.
Types of societies (traditional, industrial, postintustrial), types of modernisations, convergentions and dependencies, globalization
Social trust and capital (trust and distrust, their structural and subject sources, types of social capital, advantages and disadvantages of social capital)
Subject of sociological research (definitions of sociology, functions of sociology in social life, institunationalisation of sociology in scholarly discourse)
Social group and social bound (definitions, types, basic components indispensable for the existence and emergence of group, internal structuralization of groups)
Forms of social activity of man (behaviour, action, social interaction, social relationship).
Family as a small and primordial group, contemporary transformations of family and its functions.
Formal organizations: target groups, bureaucracy, pathology of formal groups.
Social and cultural contexts of innovation processes.
Relations of science and technology with society.
Postindustrial society. Characteristics.
The role of experts in political decision making. Controversies over value of the expertise. Apolitical character of technological elites – a myth or truth?
The role of experts and citizens in making better (?) political decisions.
Decision processes and technological policies contributing to the improvement of environmental conditions.
Human costs involved in introduction of new technologies.
Technology is responsible for rational and effective organization. It needs fragmentarization, specialization, speed, efficency. Should efficiency be treated as a good indicator of growth?
Possibilities of controlling the development of new technologies.
New technologies and contemporary alienation of employees.
Technologies and the religious (spiritual) life of people.
Opposition to the GMO and vaccination movements.
Food problem of world and GMO technology.
Technology and everyday life: the impact of mobile phones on social relations.
New technologies and a risk involved in using gadgets e.g. mobile phones, microwaves.