Sociology and analysis of social dynamics [Cognomi M-Z] (2012/2013)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Cristina Lonardi
Cristina Lonardi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

Aim of the course is the introduction to the basic concepts and the interpretative theories of Sociology. It will be illustrate the sociological interpretations on micro and macro social phenomena and transformations.
During the course will be addressed a specific research topic: the disease as a social construction and effect of the relationship between individual and society.
Part of the course will be dedicated to illustrate how the sociological discipline can use its own instruments in order to analyse particularly important social phenomena, like the ones mentioned before. Last aim of the course is the introduction to the strategies and research tools through which empirical sociology studies the phenomena of our time.


First part: introduction to sociology, culture, social structure, socialization, social interaction, organisations, deviance and social control, communities and urban life, inequality, stratification and social classes, ethnic inequality, gender and inequality, age and inequality, family, education, religion, economy and society, politi-cal system, population dynamics, collective behaviour and social movements, social and cultural change.
Second part: the disease as a social construction and effect of the relationship between individual and society.
Third part: introduction to strategies and tools of empirical research. Particular attention will be paid to qualitative techniques of empirical research: biographical approach in social sciences will be the specific reference.
Smelser J.N. (2007), Manuale di sociologia, Il Mulino, Bologna (nuova edizione a cura di Baldini M).
Lonardi C. (2006), Racconti di cefalea. Approccio biografico alla malattia cronica, QuiEdit, Verona.
Niero M. (2005), Introduzione alla progettazione e alla pratica della ricerca sociale, Guerini Editore, Milan only chapters 1,2,5.
Lonardi C.(2006), Raccontare e raccontarsi. L'approccio biografico nelle scienze sociali, QuiEdit, Verona

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination (open-ended question and a test)

Teaching aids