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English
Subtitles: English, Croatian

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Session 1: Classical Sociological Theory - An Introduction

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 45 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
1.2 Implicit Theories in Everyday Life5m
1.3 What is Sociological Theory?4m
1.4 Founding Fathers5m
1.5 Sociology in the Modern Industrial Age5m
1.6 Linking Classical to Contemporary Theories6m
1.7 The Sociological Theoretical Field6m
1.8 Aims and Claims of this Course5m
3 readings
Welcome note10m
Transcripts10m
Classical Sociological Theory - An Introduction10m
1 practice exercise
Classical Sociological Theory - An Introduction20m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Session 2: Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) and Adam Smith (1723-1790)

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 44 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
2.2 The Invisible Hand6m
2.3 The Division of Labour5m
2.4 The Wealth of Nations6m
2.5 Exchange and Self-interest5m
2.6 Social Stratification6m
2.7 The Importance of Adam Smith6m
1 reading
Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) and Adam Smith (1723-1790)10m
1 practice exercise
Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) and Adam Smith (1723-1790)20m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Session 3: Auguste Comte (1798-1857)

1 hour to complete
8 videos (Total 48 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
3.2 The Law of the Three Stages of the Human Mind7m
3.3 Sociology as a Means to Establish Social Harmony5m
3.4 The Law of the Classification of Sciences6m
3.5 Religious Thought as Starting Point5m
3.6 Comte’s Religion of Humanity6m
3.7 Early Functionalism5m
3.8 The Importance of Auguste Comte5m
1 reading
Auguste Comte (1798-1857)10m
1 practice exercise
Auguste Comte (1798-1857)24m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Session 4: Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

1 hour to complete
8 videos (Total 48 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
4.2 An Aristocratic Perspective6m
4.3 On Democratisation6m
4.4 The Dominance of the Middle-Class5m
4.5 The Dangers of Centralisation5m
4.6 Grassroots Politics as the Heart of Democracy6m
4.7 ‘Revolutions Will Become Rare’5m
4.8 Tocqueville’s Predictions5m
1 reading
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)10m
1 practice exercise
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)24m

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