Public University of Navarre

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Bachelor's degree in Applied Sociology at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Basic Year: 1 Period: 1º S
Department: Sociología y Trabajo Social

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Module/Subject matter

Basic formation/Sociology



This subject belongs to the matter ¿Sociology¿. The following topics will be discussed: introduction: the sociological perspective. People, culture and society in the processes of socialization; family and domestic relationships. The gender issue; social stratification and inequality: social classes; modern organizations. Knowledge and information society; globalization, a changing world and how to govern it: poverty, development and terrorism.


General proficiencies

2.1 Basic Proficiencies BP3 - Students are able to compile and interpret relevant information (normally within their area of study) in order to voice opinions which include reflection on relevant themes of a social, scientific or ethical nature. BP4 - Students are able to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. 2.2. General Proficiencies GP1 - The capacity to discern the relevance of the sociological perspective in the structuring of social life. GP3 - The capacity to use sociological knowledge and concepts in the description, understanding, diagnosis and explanation of situations, processes and social problems. GP5 - The development of a social sensibility and an awareness of citizenship open to acknowledgement of social and cultural diversity. GP8 - The capacity to pose theoretical and empirical study problems suitable with regard to the processes, situations and problems of current society. 2.3. Transverse Proficiencies TP2 - To demonstrate a level of competence in Spanish and, where appropriate, Basque equivalent to the C1 level of the Council of Europe¿s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Specific proficiencies

SP4 - The capacity to analyse and synthesise data and arguments, and to relate and contextualise knowledge. SP7 - The capacity to determine social problems and their consequences in the different spheres of social life. SP8 - The capacity to describe, interpret and mediate in contexts of social change and conflict. SP10 - The capacity to analyse the development and transformation of contemporary societies. SP12 - The capacity to analyse contexts of crisis and social conflict.


Learning outcomes

4.1. Metodology

Learning outcomes are the product of having mastered the basic, general and specific proficiencies. Three levels are established:

R1- Optimum: 100% of the proficiency acquired; at leat 75% fully mastered.

R2- Average: Acquisition of the majority of the proficiencies of the course; mastery of the specific proficiencies

R3- Inadequate: insufficient acquisition of the specific proficiencies

Students will be considered ¿APTO¿ if their learning outcome is optimum or average.

These are the learning outcomes in this subject:

R1. To understand the core concepts about human societies in order to learn about both the social and institutional structure which keeps it stable as well as its ongoing processes of change and social transformation. R2. To distinguish institutions and social processes which lie at the basis of social production and reproduction R3. To be able to recognise which are the basic components of social and cultural inequalities. R4. To analyse social and political movements and become acquainted with the main theories on power, legitimacy and the Sate.

R5. Ability to analyse and critically embed the most relevant social topics and issues by applying sociological concepts and perspectives.

R6. Ability to publicly defend the results of a research on social reality.


4.2 Activities

Code Activity No.Of hours face-to-face
AF1 Lectures (foundations, examples, contrasting cases) 45  100
AF2 Practical clases/exercises 15  100
AF3 Writing and presentations of papers 30  10
AF4 Individual study  50 0
AF5 Tutorials  5 100
AF6 Exams  5 100



Teaching methods


Code Description
TM1 Lecture with full attendance
TM2 Interaction in large group
TM3 Interaction in medium-sized group
TM4 Interaction in small group
TM4 Individualised interaction: tasks and guidelines for autonomous study

Learning activities

Code Description Hours Attendance
LA1 Theory classes (foundation, examples, proven applications and developments) 45 100
LA2 Practical classes or, in the event, practical experience (in the field) 15 100
LA3 Preparation of papers and oral defence 30 10
LA4 Self-study 50 0
LA5 Tutorials 5 100
LA6 Oral or written exams 5 100




Relationship between formative activities and proficiencies





Learning activities Basic General Transverse Specific
LA1 BP3 GP4, GP7, GP8,GP9   SP3, SP4, SP5, SP11, SP14
LA2 BP4 GP4,GP7,GP8,GP9 TP2 SP3, SP4, SP5, SP1 SP14
LA3 BP4 GP4,GP8 TP2 SP3, SP11, SP14
LA4 BP3 GP8, GP9   SP3, SP9,SP11
LA5   GP4    
LA6   GP8 TP2 SP3, SP11











 R1,R2,R3, R4 Practical classes and exercises.  20%   Non-recoverable
 R6. Public exposition  10%  Non- recoverable
R5  Written essay  10%   Yes
 R1,R2,R3,R4, R5 Oral or written tests, either partial or total  60%  Yes

Lecturers will tell the students which practical exercises will be made in group or individually. Also whether practical exercises include an oral exposition or written report.  All practical exercises will weigh 40% of the total mark.

Students need to obtain a minimum mark of 5 out of 10 in the written exam.

There will be a midterm examination of the first two units. Those students who pass it, will not have these chapters in the final exam.




The subject aims to provide students with a ¿sociological look¿, a tool  to analyse the most relevant topics in current societies. The purpose is twofold: on the one hand, particularistic ¿common sense¿ points of view on the world and on how we interact, which are usually acquired when we first socialize and develop, will be detected and ¿if possible- reversed. On the other hand, students will also learn how to look at the world, and at their future profesional career, from an alternative, sociological point of view



Unit 1. The sociological approach. Its utility.

Unit 2. Families, gender and identities.

Unit 3. Labour, leisure and consumption.

Unit 4. Communication, globalization and new technologies



Acceda a la bibliografía que su profesor ha solicitado a la Biblioteca.



Anthony GIDDENS, Sociology. Cambridge: Polity Press. 2006 (5th edition).

Also in english:

John J. Macionis and Ken Plummer: Sociology. Upper Saddle River (NJ): Pearson Prentice Hall, 2012.

Margaret L. Andersen, Howard F. Taylor: Sociology: the essentials. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2003 (2nd edition)


Additional references in Spanish

BELTRAN VILLALBA, Miguel (1991), La realidad social, 2ª ed. ampliada, Madrid, Tecnos, 2003.

BERGER, P. L. y KELLNER, H., La reinterpretación de la sociología. Ensayo sobre el método y la vocación sociológicos, Madrid, Espasa Calpe, 1985

BERGER, Peter L. y LUCKMANN, Thomas, La construcción social de la realidad, Buenos Aires, Amorrortu, 1979 (5ª reimpresión).

Berger, Peter L., Introducción a la sociología, México, Limusa, 1987.

BOUDON, Raymond, La lógica de lo social, Madrid, Rialp, 1981.

BOURDIEU, Pierre, CHAMBOREDON, Jean Claude, PASSERON, Jean Claude, El oficio de sociólogo. Presupuestos epistemológicos, Siglo XXI, Madrid (12ª), 1989.

COLLER, Xavier, Canon sociológico, Tecnos, Madrid, 2003.

DELPINO ARTACHO, Juan, La teoría sociológica. Un marco de referencia analítico de la modernidad, Tecnos, Madrid, 1990.

ELIAS, Norbert, Sociología fundamental, Barcelona, Gedisa, 1982.

FITCHER, Joseph H., Sociología, Herder, Barcelona, 1994 (1ª ed. 1974) [1957 y 1971].

FREYER, Hans (1931), Introducción a la sociología, traducción de Felipe González Vicén, Madrid, Aguilar, 1973.

GARCIA FERRANDO, Manuel (coord.), Pensar nuestra sociedad. Fundamentos de Sociología. (Edición Compendiada). Tirant lo Blanch, Valencia, 1995.

Garvía, Roberto, Conceptos fundamentales de sociología, Madrid, Alianza, 1999.

GALEANO, Eduardo, Patas arriba. La escuela del mundo al revés, Siglo XXI, Madrid, 2003 (1ª ed. 1998).

GIDDENS, Anthony (1990), Consecuencias de la modernidad, Madrid, Alianza, 1993.

GIDDENS, Anthony, La moderna teoría sociológica, Alianza, Madrid, 1990.

GIDDENS, Anthony, Las nuevas reglas del método sociológico. Crítica positiva de las sociologías comprensivas, Amorrortu, Buenos Aires, 1997 (1ª ed. 1987) [1976, 1993].

GIDDENS, Anthony, Política, sociología y teoría social. Reflexiones sobre el pensamiento social clásico y contemporáneo, Paidós, Barcelona, 1997 [1995].

GINER, S. (ed.), Teoría sociológica moderna, Madrid, Ariel, 2003.

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HABERMAS, Jürgen, El discurso filosófico de la modernidad, Taurus, Madrid, 1989 [1995].

HABERMAS, Jürgen, Teoría de la acción comunicativa, I y II, Taurus, Madrid, 1992 (1987) [1981].

LUHMANN, Niklas, Sistemas sociales. Lineamientos para una teoría general, Anthropos, Barcelona, 1998 [1984].

MANNHEIM, Karl (1934-35), Sociología sistemática. Introducción al estudio de la sociedad, traducción de Luis LegazLacambra, Editorial Revista de Derecho Privado, Madrid, 1960 (V. O.: 1934-35).

MARTIN LOPEZ, Enrique, Sociología general, Barcelona, Multioffset, 1969.

NISBET, R. A., La formación del pensamiento sociológico, I-II, Buenos Aires, Amorrortu, 1969.

NISBET, Robert A., Introducción a la sociología: el vínculo social, Barcelona, Vicens Universidad, 1975.

PEREZ DÍAZ, Víctor, Introducción a la sociología, Madrid, Alianza, 1980.

PICÓ, Josep, Los años dorados de la sociología. 1945-1975, Alianza, Madrid, 2003.

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RODRÍGUEZ IBAÑEZ, José Enrique, La perspectiva sociológica, Taurus, Madrid, 1992.

SIMMEL, Georg, Cuestiones fundamentales de sociología, Gedisa, Barcelona, 2002 [1917].

Stuart Hughes, Herbert., Conciencia y sociedad. La reorientación del pensamiento social europeo 1890-1930, Madrid, 1972.

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