Classic Social Theory

Course Information
TitleΚλασσική Κοινωνική Θεωρία / Classic Social Theory
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorKarolos-Iosif Kavoulakos
Course ID100001050

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course325

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the unit students are expected to be able to: - know the basic questions of the origins of sociology - correlate the work of classical sociologists with their historical environment - know the basic concepts introduced by the classics of sociology - understand the theoretical added value of the classics of sociology - recognize the epistemological differences of the work of classics of sociology
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course examines the ways in which classical sociology theorized the construction and the transformation of the society. Particular emphasis is given to the epistemological, methodological, theoretical and conceptual elements of the classical sociological theories which contribute to the understanding of the relationship between individual and society, the evolution of the history, the power relations, the social and political institutions, the social processes and antagonisms. The course is devoted to the study of four classics - founders of sociology (Comte, Durkheim, Weber and Marx) aiming to understand the basic concepts and theoretical tools they introduced. Extensive reference is made in the biography and the sociopolitical environment of the life of each of the above sociologists Particular, we examine the following topics: - Key issues of sociology - Positivism in A. Comte's sociology - The role of sociology in the work of A. Comte - The sociology of E.Durkheim - Division of labor in the work of E. Durkheim - The interpretive sociology of M. Weber - Religion and economy in the theory of M. Weber - The political sociology of M. Weber - Socialist ideas before Marx - The materialist theory of Marx - History and social classes in Marxian theory - Marx's critique of the political economy
classical socilogists, Comte, Durkheim, Weber, Marx
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Scientific papers in moodle that students have to study.
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Students are evaluated by: - their presence in the courses, - their interest and participation in the course, - their participation in the exams. The evaluation criteria are several times announced during the lectures.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Αντωνοπούλου, Μαρία, Οι κλασσικοί της κοινωνιολογίας: κοινωνική θεωρία και νεότερη κοινωνία, Αθήνα: Σαββάλας,2008. Lallement, Michel, Ιστορία των κοινωνιολογικών ιδεών, Αθήνα: Μεταίχµιο, 2004.
Additional bibliography for study
Aron R. 1991, H εξέλιξη της κοινωνιολογικής σκέψης, 2ος τόμος, Γνώση, Αθήνα. Βέμπερ Μ., κ.ά., 2009, Οι κλασσικοί της Κοινωνιολογίας, Οδυσσέας, Αθήνα. Βέμπερ M. 2005, Οικονοµία και κοινωνία, τομ.1, Σαββάλας, Αθήνα. Βέμπερ Μ., 1997. Βασικές έννοιες της κοινωνιολογίας, Κένταυρος, Αθήνα. Βέμπερ Μ., , χ.χ. Η προτεσταντική ηθική και το πνεύμα του καπιταλισμού, Αθήνα. Craib I. 2012, Κλασική κοινωνική θεωρία. Μια εισαγωγή στη σκέψη των Μαρξ, Βέμπερ, Ντυρκέμ και Ζίμμελ, Παπαζήσης, Αθήνα. Fraser I., Wilde L. 2011, The Marx dictionary, Continuum, London. Giddens A. 1993, Πολιτική και Κοινωνιολογία στη σκέψη του Μαξ Βέμπερ, Οδυσσέας, Αθήνα. Κοντ Α., χ.χ. Μαθήματα θετικής φιλοσοφίας, Αναγνωστίδης, Αθήνα. Μαρξ Κ., 1975. Οικονομικά και φιλοσοφικά χειρόγραφα (1844), Γλάρος, Αθήνα. Μαρξ Κ., 1990. Βασικές γραμμές της κριτικής της πολιτικής οικονομίας, Στοχαστής, Αθήνα. Μαρξ Κ., Ένγκελς Φρ., 1997. Η γερμανική ιδεολογία, Gutenberg, Αθήνα. Ντυρκάιμ Ε., 1994. Οι κανόνες της κοινωνιολογικής μεθόδου, Gutenberg, Αθήνα. Τερλεξής Π. 1988, Max Weber και το φάντασμα του Μarx, Παπαζήσης, Αθήνα. Wilson L.P. 2009, O Marx και ο Proudhon δραπετεύουν από τον 19ο αιώνα. Futura, Aθήνα.
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