One of sociology’s key tasks is to help navigate today’s complex world. However, due to the increasing complexity of social organization and the emergence of novel social institutions, concepts and structures, students of sociology can sometimes feel that sociology, while it might have been useful in addressing the issues of the 19th and 20th century, cannot be so easily applied to society’s contemporary issues. By discussing up-to-date sociological texts which address a selection of contemporary problems, the course attempts both to improve the general sociological imagination and to answer the question of what sociology says, or can say, in relation to these issues.

This course is intended for both beginner and advanced sociology students, who want to contemplate the role that sociology plays (or can play) in better understanding and handling certain contemporary issues. Each week, every student is to conduct short literature research, select a recent article dealing with the theme of the week, and write a short position paper based on the article. In class, students will give a brief report on the results of their homework and then, a moderated group discussion will unfold in order to better our understanding of the sociological approach towards the discussed problem.

The course can also be conceived of as a gateway towards developing one’s own original research question, which can then serve as the student’s focus in future studies. A more detailed description of the course’s themes, aims and exam requirements will be provided during the introductory orientation session.

Orientation session will take place on Thursday 5th October at 9:00 AM in Celetna 20, room 207 (ending around 10:00). Enrolled students will get via email both password to moodle of the course and invitation to course introducing information sources at our Faculty.