CORE COURSES

SPS 101 Introduction to Sociology

SPS 102 Classical Sociological Theories

SPS 105 Introduction to Social Anthropology

SPS 146 Introduction to Qualitative Social Science Methodology (7 ects)

SPS 147 Introduction to Quantitative Social Science Methodology (7 ects)

SPS 151 Introduction to Political Science

SPS 211 Contemporary Sociological Theories

SPS 212 History of Sociology

SPS 221 Sociology of Deviance

SPS 231 Social Stratification

SPS 241 Cypriot Society

SPS 243 Contemporary Issues of Social Policy

SPS 247 Quantitative Models in Sociological Research

SPS 269 Basic Principles of Political Economy (8 ects)

SPS 301 Cultural Sociology

SPS 302 Economic Sociology

SPS 314 Political Sociology

SPS 327 Contemporary Trends in Social Theory

SPS 333 Sociology of Religion

SPS 348 Qualitative Research in Social Sciences

SPS 401 Global Society

 
ELECTIVE COURSES
 
SPS 244 Social Theory and Citizenship
SPS 246 Critical Theory
SPS 303 Modernity and Postmodernity
SPS 305 Sociology of Tourism
SPS 306 Social Movements
SPS 311 Sociology of Minority Groups
SPS 320 Ethnicity and Nationalism
SPS 322 Political Anthropology
SPS 324 Transnationality and International Migrations
SPS 325 Sociology of Law
SPS 328 Urbanization
SPS 329 Sociology of Technology
SPS 330 Sociology of Knowledge
SPS 336 European Economic Integration
SPS 337 Sociology of the Environment
SPS 347 Myths, Misconceptions and Misuse of Research in Social Sciences
SPS 402 Truth, Remembrance and Reconciliation: Comparative Sociological Approaches
SPS 403 Historical Sociology
SPS 406 Contemporary Issues in Sociology and Social Theory II
SPS 419 Image in Modern Society
SPS 422 Social Interventions and Change
SPS 448 BA Thesis Ι (6 ects)
SPS 449 BA Thesis ΙΙ (6 ects)
SPS 450 Internship (12 ects)
 
 

Course Title

Introduction to Sociology

Course Code

SPS 101

ECTS

6

Course Content

The structure of the course centres around a general introduction of the field of Sociology and it’s delineation as a systematic study of social relationships, collective organisation and social change. Within these frameworks of the course, and as an introduction to Sociology, we will briefly examine the following thematic units:

·      Principles of Sociology

·      Culture and civilisation

·      The state and social institutions

·      Economy and development

·      Globalisation

·      Social stratification

·      Technological change

 

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Course Title

Classical Sociological Theories

 

Course Code

SPS 102

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course is a systematic introduction into the work of the classic thinkers of the discipline. The aim is to familiarize students with the main issues and problems of sociological theory up to WWII. Special emphasis is laid upon the methodology of Sociology, modernity and the key characteristics of capitalist society. The course emphasizes the importance of classical texts and examines the role they continue to play in sociological thinking.

 

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Course Title

Introduction to Social Anthropology

 

Course Code

SPS 105

ECTS

6

Course Content

Social anthropology is the branch of the social sciences that focuses on the comparative study of human societies. This approach aims to better understand other societies and to use other societies as a mirror so as to better understand the particular characteristics of our own. The key questions that will be asked are the following: 1) Is it possible to understand other societies? 2) Are human societies alike at their core, or do they differ in ways that cannot be bridged? Sociology aims to avoid ethnocentrism and to cultivate respect towards other cultures.

 

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Course Title

Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Social Sciences

 

Course Code

SPS 1466

ECTS

7

Course Content

This course deals with the scientific method of investigating social phenomena. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with methodology as a part of logical analysis or simply, scientific research. Methodology encourages students to work empirically and to examine and redefine theoretical concepts. The course cultivates habits of scientific thinking which are necessary to counter prejudice. Students are informed about standard scientific procedures and criteria of acceptance, which every discipline has developed. In addition to familiarizing themselves with examples and literature from these areas, students are evaluated on the basis of practical short assignments that should cover at least three different research strategies.

 

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Course Title

Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences

 

Course Code

SPS 147

ECTS

7

Course Content

The students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of quantitative research of social sciences. The students are expected to spend time reflecting on research designs and using relevant statistical packages to carry out simple (mostly descriptive) statistical analysis using data from large international studies such as the European Social Survey, the Voice of People and the International Social Survey Programme.

 

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Course Title

Introduction to Political Science

 

Course Code

SPS 151

ECTS

6

Course Content

  • What is politics?
  • Political ideas and ideologies
  • Politics and the state
  • Democracy and legitimacy
  • Nations and nationalism
  • Political economy and globalization
  • Politics, society and identity
  • Media and political culture
  • Representation, elections, voting
  • Parties and party systems
  • Governments, political systems, regimes
  • Security, war, peace
  • Does politics matter?

 

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Course Title

Contemporary Sociological Theories

 

Course Code

SPS 211

ECTS

6

Course Content

Beginning with Parson's emphasis on macro-Sociology and functionalism, this course then examines various micro-sociological approaches as well as attempts towards the integration of sociological theory between these two poles. Each sociological model is examined by placing it within the socio-historical conditions of its creation. The central issue pursued involves the dualism of structure and action, along with the efforts to transcend it.

 

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Course Title

History of Sociology

 

Course Code

SPS 212

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course offers a brief historical overview of the evolution of sociological thinking from Comte to Parsons. The emphasis is upon the width, and not the depth, of sociological thought. The course examines the key elements of the work of a wide range of sociologists in Europe as well as in the USA.

 

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Course Title

 Youth & Society

 

Course Code

SPS 213

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course offers a basic introduction to the main reflection of our time on youth and the attitude of youth vis-à-vis contemporary social and political reality, offering an extensive basis in the cognitive object in question. Covering a plethora of topics, it draws from a wide field of analytic approaches. By means of case studies (texts-excerpts/articles), the course investigates social issues/phenomena such as the contemporary way of life and the concept of risk, deviance (violence, drugs) as well as arrangements/structures of family, ideology and politics, education and employment in conjunction with transitions and challenges already in the making, of interest to contemporary youth.

 

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Course Title

Volunteering: Theory & Practice

 

Course Code

SPS 215

ECTS

6

Course Content

 In every society, each generation finds itself before an established situation, opposite which it is called upon to take a stance but with which it is also required to coexist. To what extent does this apply in periods of rapid social transition like today? The aim of the course is to examine and analyze the phenomenon of Volunteering from a sociological perspective vis-à-vis contemporary topics of concern, and investigate the transitions effectuated in recent years as well as draw a picture of the trends already in the pipeline in the wider field of volunteering and in civil society in general.

The course offers a basic introduction to the main reflection of our time on volunteering and the volunteer movement; stances, values and perceptions with an emphasis on young people vis-à-vis the contemporary social and political reality, providing an extensive basis in the cognitive object in question. Covering a plethora of topics, it draws from a wide field of analytic theoretical approaches and corresponding thinkers, in the midst of emerging challenges of concern to the global society.

 

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Course Title

Sociology of Deviance

 

Course Code

SPS 221

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course is a systematic introduction into the conceptual and empirical basis of the sociological analysis of deviance and social control. Special emphasis is laid upon the social construction of deviance and the role played by sociological categories such as social class and gender.

 

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Course Title

Social Stratification

 

Course Code

SPS 231

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course is a systematic introduction into theories of class analysis and other approaches to social stratification. It begins by examining the thought of Marx and Weber and moves to more contemporary thinkers. Whereas the emphasis is upon social stratification in modern societies, a comparative-historical perspective is also provided.

 

 

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Course Title

Cyprus Society

 

Course Code

SPS 241

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course offers a comprehensive understanding of the sociopolitical life of Cyprus. Through an interdisciplinary approach, it investigates a series of sociopolitical issues and contextualises them in the social, political, historical and cultural frameworks that created them. These include: history and historiography, perceptions of nationhood and ethnicity, national and ethnic identities, language and dialect, gender and sexuality, race and migration, westernisation and globalisation.

 

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Course Title

Contemporary Issues of Social Policy

 

Course Code

SPS 243

ECTS

6

Course Content

·        introduction to the theoretical principles and concepts of social policy, such as social justice, equality, social solidarity, social rights

·        understanding of the emergence, development and contemporary transformations of the “social state”

·        understanding of the “multi-level” formation of social policy in the context of globalization and of the role of supranational organizations

·        analysis of sectoral examples of social policy and of their social consequences: Gender equality – Family policy – Poverty alleviation – Employment policy – Educational policy and lifelong learning – Aging policy Migration and social policy

 

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Course Title

Sociology of Gender

 

Course Code

SPS 245

ECTS

6

Course Content

Gender is a main area of concern in Sociology. This module aims to introduce students to important schools of thought, feminist theories and sociological concepts which are implemented in the critical analysis of gender. Gender will be approached as socially constructed; as an institution and social system that influences individuals’ actions and position in society. Further, it will be approached in relation to its intersections with other social locations such ‘race’, social class, sexual orientation, age, religious identity etc. to encourage students to consider the multiple inequalities, structures of oppression and systems of power which can be identified as we consider the diverse ways that gender operates. In addition to these theoretical explorations, we will analyse recent events and phenomena to enable students see how theories can be used in practice. One of this module’s aims is to enable students see their private troubles as public issues and the outcome of power systems, institutions and social structures.

 

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Course Title

Quantitative research methods in social sciences

 

Course Code

SPS 247

ECTS

6

Course Content

The students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of quantitative analysis of empirical data. The open-source platform R is used to analyze data, interpret the findings and prepare reports or papers.

 

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Course Title

Basic Principles of Political Economy

 

Course Code

SPS 269  

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course focuses on such issues as: value theories, the distribution of wages, the theories of crises, and the laws/trends concerning the development of the free market economy.  The course also examines the economic policies of both the state and of the central banks in contemporary economies.  

 

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Course Title

Higher Education, Policy and Society

 

Course Code

SPS 300

ECTS

6

Course Content

Higher education policy has become a major issue within the scope of the knowledge society and lifelong learning. The course aims to explore this object, at the intersection of Policy and Society. It analyses the objectives and the historical development of higher education policies, both at supranational and national level, in a comparative perspective. Particular attention is paid to the Europeanisation and internationalisation of higher education, to the restructuring of the relations between the public and the private sector, as well as to the connection between higher education and other critical issues such as social inclusion, social mobility, employability and economic development. 

 

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Course Title

Cultural Sociology

 

Course Code

SPS 301

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course entails the analysis of the relationship between culture and society and focuses on the effect of cultural factors in social behavior. The historical evolution and the different meanings of the terms "culture" and "civilization" are examined, as well as, different approaches toward the study of the field. Specific areas of interest include the study of cultural sub-cultures, the relationship between culture and commercialization, and the role of mass media in modern culture, the relationship between society and music, cinema, and other art forms, etc.

 

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Course Title

Economic Sociology

 

Course Code

SPS 302

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course is a general study and analysis of: economic processes, financial institutions, political and social organisations and of financial networks and economic institutions.  The ideas of important theorists, such as Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Joseph Schumpeter and Immanuel Wallerstein, whose work has extensively examined the symbiotic relationships between economy and society, will serve as points of reference in the course. Socioeconomics deals with primarily with concrete, as opposed to abstract, concepts since it is concerned with pragmatic influences and effects on sociopolitical events and developments (e.g. unemployment, economic recession, social inequalities, economic migration, economic policy making, cryptocurrency economy, etc.). These subjects will be examined using contemporary examples and contemporary sociological considerations since they directly concern the effects of the economy on the restructuring of various social and political groups and organisations within the context of the knowledge economy.

 

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Course Title

Sociology of Mass Media

 

Course Code

SPS 304

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course covers the analysis of media through the perspective of Sociology, approaching the media as a result and as formers of social relations, social identity and behavior. Major theoretical models, concepts and empirical studies of the field are examined at three levels. The first covers sociological approaches to the production of media, especially their relationship to the wider social context, politics and the economy. The second level deals with the content of the media itself and its symbolic dimension. The third covers a range of studies on the effects of media on individuals, their uses and the reception of media messages. The course also addresses specific issues related to contemporary communication processes such as globalization and media, commercialization of culture, digital media and opportunities for the development of "participatory culture".

Course Title

Sociology of the Family  

 

Course Code

SPS 307

ECTS

6

Course Content

The Sociology of the Family looks at the family unit from a sociological perspective. It studies the institutions of the family, of marriage and kinship, and the various forms they take on as society evolves. It also examines the formulation and development of family relationships in contemporary societies and the significance of their role for their operation, development and evolution. The Sociology of the family also looks at the multiple forms of family in contemporary societies in terms of ideology, gender differences and policy making on the institution of the family. Last, Sociology of the Family examines the main theoretical approaches, social constructs and perceptions of the institution of the family and of family policy that make up the central axis of the cognitive object in question, as well as trends and perspectives of the institution under examination in contemporary times.

 

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Course Title

Political Sociology

 

Course Code

SPS 314

ECTS

6

Course Content

The lesson will theoretically approach the subject of Political Sociology. After an introduction to the basic concepts and the historical tradition of Political Sociology with particular reference to its two main schools (Liberal and Marxist), the analysis will focus on the power relations and practices in modern society (distribution of political power, legalization of power and political consequences of power relations and practices) as well as modern forms and functions of the modern state (see parliamentary democracy and state bureaucracy). In addition, will be examined the modern political organization and political action - political parties, pressure groups and social movements.
Lectures and discussion will be conducted in conjunction with aspects of social and political reality in Cyprus and other countries.

 

 

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Course Title

Ethnography and Anthropological Theory

 

Course Code

SPS 315

ECTS

6

Course Content

This class examines classic pieces of ethnographic writing, as well as recent attempts of experimental ethnography. These ethnographies are discussed in the light of the theoretical trends that influenced them (or that they initiated), as well as the sociohistorical conditions of their creation. Emphasis is given to the 'literary turn' in anthropology, that analyses ethnographic texts using techniques from literary criticism.

 

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Course Title

Identity and Difference

 

Course Code

SPS 317

ECTS

6

Course Content

This module explores aspects of identity, difference and social inequalities across diverse (but often linked) contexts. It approaches questions such as: what is social identity? How have identities been theorized and approached by different schools of thought? How do we acquire our social identities? How do our social identities determine our place in society? How is the ‘Other’ produced and represented in diverse social spheres? How is difference socially (re)produced and naturalized and how can it be challenged? All in all, this module approaches aspects of identity, difference, social divisions and power relationships in relation to gender, class, 'race', sexuality, disability and age.

 

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Course Title

Anthropology of Religion

 

Course Code

SPS 319

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course begins with an overview of classic sociological and anthropological approaches to religion. A significant question raised is whether anthropology explains religion or rejects it. Can religious phenomena be approached through an anthropological viewpoint, or are they primarily issues related to esoteric, mystical experiences? Other questions raised are: What exactly is magic? Does the world inevitably move towards secularism? Is religion an illusion? If so, why does it exist? Is religion a means of oppression, or resistance? What is the role of ritual? How can contemporary sects and New Age Movements be explained?

 

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Course Title

 Sociology of Health

 

Course Code

SPS 326

ECTS

6

Course Content

This course will investigate the cognitive object of the Sociology of Health, that looks at the interaction between health and society. The basic aim of the course is to familiarize students with the core principles of Sociology in the area of Health. More specifically, the course will investigate the social context of perceptions and experiences regarding health and illness, by using a series of sociological principles and approaches. The course focuses on the social roles of patients and doctors, social representations and social relations, the social factors that impact on or help shape health, the phenomenon of social stigma or exclusion, general social trends prevailing globally as well as topics pertaining to social disparities, the structure and perspectives of health systems. Last, emphasis will be placed on the analysis of the health system in Cyprus, the endeavors to apply a General Health System (ΓεΣυ), the structural characteristics, the trends and perspectives of the recent health system.

 

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Course Title

Contemporary Trends in Social Theory

 

Course Code

SPS 327

ECTS

6

Course Content

This course aims towards the understanding and critique of newly emerging theoretical models in the social sciences, currently in the process of becoming influential. Particular emphasis is placed on theories of postmodernism, deconstruction and post-colonial criticism

 

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Course Title

Sociology of Labour

 

Course Code

SPS 331

ECTS

6

Course Content

Sociology of Labour constitutes a significant approach to understanding contemporary social reality, given that labour and its future, employment systems, technological and industrial change, globalization and the new forms of labour organization are issues of daily concern to all of us.

Both the social organization of labour and the prevalent perceptions of labour change through time and vary from one society to another. In every phase of the historical evolution, certain categories of working people are marginalized and others brought forward. The industrial revolution has rapidly changed the content and the social relations that determine labour, assigning a dominant position to paid employment.  The technological and political changes of recent years change both the content of labour and the paid relation, putting into question several of the conquests of the labour world from earlier periods.

This course places labour at the core of socioeconomic developments, making it a point of reference for society and the financial life based on the critical approach of sociological thinking. The transitions occurring in every period are analyzed in parallel with the way the institution and concept of labour changes along with the structure of these relations in the contemporary world. Also, the new forms of labour organization (flexible forms of employment) are examined together with their main characteristics, as well as the impact of flexible employment on the labour market. Last, special emphasis is placed on the role of the state regarding labour relations and the trade-union movement in the context of the capitalist state.

 

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Course Title

Social Problems

 

Course Code

SPS 332

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course examines a wide range of social problems (from violence in the family and hooliganism to the use of drugs and unemployment) in Cypriot and other societies. The aim is to use basic conceptual frameworks from Sociology in order to analyze the meaning of these problems and their effects upon social life.

 

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Course Title

Sociology of Religion

 

Course Code

SPS 333

ECTS

6

Course Content

The course is a general introduction to the Sociology of Religion. Primary goals are (1) understanding the role of religion in society and (2) understanding the institutional features of religiosity (ceremonies, sects, movements, etc.) Coverage includes both the classical and the contemporary sociological perspectives. The basic issues in the field include the universal spread of secularization and the relationship between globalization and religion. Special mention is reserved for the relations among religion, society and the state in the Graecophone cultural universe, as well as the connections between Greek identity and Eastern Orthodoxy.

 

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Course Title

Social Theory and Cinema

 

Course Code

SPS 340

ECTS

6

Course Content

How does the “magic” of cinema work? How is the viewer drawn into the virtual world of a film and how does he participate in it? What does a film consist of? What can a film tell us about society in general?  How can watching movies effect social reflection and critique? These are some of the questions that the course will examine.

Each film will be analysed on multiple levels – screenplay, plot and myth, social theory and ideology, and aesthetics. The course aims to cultivate a critical approach to film, in all of its above aspects, and to examine how cinema can be used as a tool for social critique.

 

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Course Title

Applied Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences

 

Course Code

SPS 348

ECTS

6

Course Content

The purpose of this course is for each student to complete either an individual, or a group qualitative research project. The students will carry out the following required steps to complete their projects: determination of research topic, selection of bibliography, research proposal, research, presentation of research project, writing, submission and critical reflection.

The course takes the form of a seminar and is based on presentations and discussion. The course structure and the research topics will be determined though deliberation with the students.

 

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Course Title

Applied Quantitative Research

 

Course Code

SPS 349

ECTS

6

Course Content

The students apply the fundamental concepts of designing, conducting and assessing an empirical study. The open-source platform R is used to analyze data, interpret the findings and prepare reports or papers. The students are required to reflect critically on their original aims, the process and the outcome of their study.

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Course Title

Global Society

 

Course Code

SPS 401

ECTS

6

Course Content

The purpose of the course is to examine the repercussions of the globalization from the perspective of post-modernism and cultural theory, and more specifically, the social and cultural consequences fo the Information Age (or Global Age). These consequences include the impact of information technology into family life, community, religion, and other sociological areas of concern; the emergence of risk society; the emergence of new, gendered, racialized or other ethnic or "hybrid" identities; the rise of cosmopolitanism and localism, etc.

 

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Course Title

Contemporary Issues in Sociology

 

Course Code

SPS 405

ECTS

6

Course Content

This module intends to develop students’ ability to think critically about current sociological phenomena and social problems. The module engages with issues such as migration; the hierarchical categorization of people and groups on the basis of factors such as ‘race’, ethnicity, gender, social class, age, disability etc.; consumerism, poverty and marginalisation.

 

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