Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2024/2025 | Previous academic years:  2023/2024  |  2022/2023  |  2021/2022  |  2020/2021 
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




Specific proficiencies

Students will enhance their ability to:

SP4: understand and analyze information

SP7: identify social problems and issues

SP8:  describe, understand and negotiate in social conflicts

SP10: analyze and understand change in social life

SP12: analyze current crisis and social conflicts


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 outcomes   Evaluatory activity   Weight   Recoverable character   Minimum grade required  
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6 Portfolios: individual practice report 10% 0% No
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6 Group Work: observation, proposal and application. 20% 0% No
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6 Final written multiple choice exam 70% 70% Recoverable through written test   Minimum grade to pass 3.5 points
  Total 100% 70%  


The final exam will consist of 30 multiple choice questions to choose from 4 answer alternatives.

Correct answers will score 1 point, incorrect answers will subtract 0.33 points. Unanswered answers will not count.


The final exam has a value of 7 out of 10 (70% of the final grade for the subject.


The remaining 3 points out of 10 are distributed in: Portfolios- individual practice report, 1 point (10% of the final grade of the subject) and, Group work, 2 points (20% of the final grade of the subject).


Assignments, portfolios and group work will only be accepted on the dates assigned by the teacher.


Works from previous years will not be saved.


It will be mandatory to have passed the final exam with a 5 (that is, a minimum of 3.50 out of 7.00) in order to later add to this score the grades obtained in the theoretical and practical work, resulting in the overall grade of the subject.


Those students who have not passed the ordinary exam will have the possibility of taking the extraordinary exam, under the same conditions already mentioned with respect to the ordinary exam.


If the minimum for weighting (5 points) is not met in the exam (ordinary or extraordinary), the grade for the subject will be a maximum of 4.9 out of 10 (fail).




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.