Introduction to sociology

Course Code :1102TEWVSG
Study domain:Sociology
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Bart Cambré

3. Course contents *

Dilemmas in every society are: individual versus society; possibilities versus restrictions, nature versus nurture, solidarity versus conflict; equality versus inequality. 


The crucial question in sociology is ‘why’ people (despite of a growing inequality and a lot of economic, cultural and political conflicts) stay characterized as rather stable and predictable, and that living together can be characterized as a rather ordered or institutionalized living together. Or does the society – with social conflict and inequality can be changed of transformed by new political action and a new (global) economy. And this characterized by more justice, answers for the climate crisis and the need of sustainability within our economy and society?  What are the mechanisms / processes of social order and stability, conflicts of interests and social change from feudalism to the post-industrial society yesterday and the postmodern society tomorrow?  Are conflicting classes today a relevant concept within the changing economy with characteristics as globalization, new technologies, individualization … or a concept of the past or is precardisation a much more relevant concept?


When economics is the study of creating welfare in a society, then sociology is the science that gives insight in the context of an economy and the way (economic) welfare is distributed within a society. The student can’t understand (international) business or economics, without any ‘sociological imagination’.