Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2021/2022 | Previous academic years:  2020/2021  |  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

This course introduces students to the field of sociology: sociological persepctive, socialization, family dynamics, gender and social identities, social stratification, inequalities, work, employment, consumption, the information society and globalization.



In a constantly changing world, this course has been designed as a first approach to Sociology in which students will develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human societies. This course offers a solid grounding in the core sociological concepts. Its study will stimulate critical thinking and promote awareness of contemporary social and political issues. It covers themes as socialization processses, family, gender identities, education and globalization process and provides tools to examine these issues in a rigorous an analytical way.

The course is offered to students from Applied Sociology, Social Work, Primary Education and Early Childhood Education.


General proficiencies

2.1. Basic proficiencies

BP3: Students have the ability to collect and interpret relevant data (generally within their field of study) in order to make judgments which include reflection on relevant issues of social, scientific or ethical nature.

BP4 ¿ Students are able to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audience


2.2. General proficiencies

GP1: Ability to understand the relevance of applying the sociological perspective to everyday life

GP3 ¿ Ability to apply sociological concepts to describe, understand and analyze social processes and current social challenges

GP5 ¿ Development and appreciation of individual, social and cultural diversity as part of their empowerment as critical citizens

GP8 ¿ Ability to analyze current social challenges through sociological theories and research methods


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.


2.4. Specific proficiencies

Students will enhance their ability to:

CE4: understand and analyze information

CE7: identify social problems and issues

CE8:  describe, understand and negotiate in social conflicts

CE10: analyze and understand change in social life

CE 12: analyze current crisis and social conflicts


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 Lectures
TM2 Interaction in large group
TM3 Interaction in medium-sized group
TM4 Interaction in small group
TM5 Personalised interactions: tasks and materials for independient learning

Learning activities

Code Description Hours Attendance
LA1 Lectures 45 100
LA2 Seminars/Labs 15 100
LA3 Assigned essays, exercices and presentations 30 10
LA4 Independent learning 50 0
LA5 Office hours 5 100
LA6 Exams 5 100




Learning Outome Asessment method Weight Possibility to retake (if fail)
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 Papers 30 Yes
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6 Seminar/Labs 30 No
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 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.