Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2020/2021 | Previous academic years:  2019/2020  |  2018/2019  |  2017/2018 
Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education 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 Traning / Sociology



Descriptors of the contents of this subject in the Official Curriculum are:
1. Introduction: the sociological perspective. Person, culture, and society in the processes of socialization.
2. Families and intimate relationships. The gender issue.
3. Social stratification and inequality: the social classes.
4. Modern organizations. The information and knowledge society.
5. Globalization and the changing world. The issue of their governance: poverty, development, terrorism.
The purpose of subject is to provide a sociological perspective (as a tool) for the analysis of the most relevant issues of today's society. It will be on the one hand to help recognize and correct the narrow particularism that often tied the "common-sense glances about the world and the coexistence we acquire in the random course of the early stages of the process of socialization and personal development. But also to learn to: 1) look at the world from sociology, 2) to look at the future profession from sociology.


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

GP3 - To design and regulate learning spaces in contexts characterised by diversity which attend to the unique educational needs of children, gender equality, fairness and respect for human rights.

GP4 - To encourage interaction in and outside the classroom and address the peaceful resolution of conflicts. To be able to observe learning contexts and situations of coexistence in a systematic manner, and reflect on them.

GP5 - To reflect in groups on the acceptance of rules and respect for others. To promote the autonomy and uniqueness of each child as factors involved in the education of emotions, feelings and values ¿in early childhood.

GP9 - To be familiar with the organisation of early childhood education centres and the range of actions involved in their operation. Accept that teaching, as a practice, must be constantly refined and adapted to scientific, pedagogical and social changes over the course of one's life.

GP10 - To provide parents with guidance regarding education in the family in the 0-6 period and to master the social skills involved in dealing with the families of each child and all the families as a group.

GP12 - To understand the function, possibilities and limits of education in today's society, and the core competences which affect early childhood education centres and the professionals who belong to them. To be familiar with quality improvement models as applicable to education centres.

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

SP3 - To design learning spaces in contexts characterised by diversity and in multicultural and multilingual environments which attend to the unique needs of children, gender equality, fairness and the development of human rights.

SP4 - To reflect on learning contexts and contexts of coexistence in education centres. To be able to observe systematically, acknowledge work well done, accept the rules and respect others.

SP5 - To reflect on classroom practices in order to promote innovation. To acquire habits and skills for autonomous and cooperative learning, and to be familiar with quality management models.

SP9 - To be familiar with the organisation of early childhood education centres and how they work in collaboration with the various sectors of the educational community and social environment.

SP10 - To encourage cooperation, harmonious coexistence and the motivation and desire to learn, to participate actively in the centre's projects and to attend to relations with children's families.

SP12 - To organise actively the processes of teaching and learning the contents of Early Childhood Education from a perspective of skills development.


Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are the realization of the skills that students acquire in the matter. Three levels are


- Optimal level: 100% acquisition of skills and expertise in at least 75% of them.

- Standard or medium level: acquisition of the majority of the alleged relevant powers and expertise in

those aspects contributing to the specific competencies of the title.

- Deficient Level: Insufficient acquisition of the aspects contributing to the specific competencies of the


A student gets a grade of APTO if the level of learning is optimal or medium.In this subject these learning outcomes are specified as follows:

R1: Become familiar with sociological concepts to understand social structures and the social production and reproduction of societies

R2: Understand key institutions for the social production and reproduction of societies

R3: Identify key elements of social inequalities and social/cultural diversity

R4: Become familiar with concepts of State, power relations and social movements

R5: Be able to analyze current key challenges using relevant sociological concepts and theories

R6: Ability to present and discuss in public empirical results about social processes



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
TM5 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




Learning Outome Asessment method Weight Possibility to retake (if fail)
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5,R6 E2 - E3 Papers/Seminar/Labs 60 Only 30%  
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5  ES4 Final exam 40 Yes



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



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

Andersen, Margaret, Taylor, H. (2016): Sociology. The essentials (9th edition). Belmont: Wadsworth

Giddens, Anthony; Sutton, Philippe (2017): Sociology (8th Edition), (p. 5-29). Cambridge: Polity Press.

Macionis, John J, Plummer, Ken (2018): Sociology (16th edition). Ed: Harlow, England Pearson. Available at:

Little, William (2012): Introduction to  Sociology ¿ 1st Canadian Edition. Available at:



English/Castellano/ Euskara



Arrosadia Campus of the Public University of Navarra. For specific classroom, see the website of the Faculty of Humanities, Social and Educational Sciences.