SOS1000 - Introduction to Sociology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days

Course content

This course gives an introduction to the basic sociological understanding of the interaction between individuals and the society, and the historical development and sociology as a discipline, internationally and nationally. We will discuss social life and human relations in formal and informal settings. The course emphasizes developing an understanding of different sociological perspectives on central social phenomena, change features and challenges. Various topics are addressed, from the importance of culture for individuals, groups and at the societal level, to socialization and identity formation, actions and explanations of social behavior, deviations and social control, gropus and group processes, social networks and social inequality, social institutions and social change. An introduction is given to current sociological theory and research within the main areas that are addressed.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

* achieve insight into basic sociological thinking.

* be familiar with the central sociological concepts and their application.

* be familiar with different sociological perspectives.

* be familiar with the history of sociology and development as discipline.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

* be able to explain the background and characteristics of the sociological discipline.

* to show a sociological understanding of key societal phenomena and changes.

* to discuss phenomena in the society in an analytical and debating manner.

Learning methods and activities

4 hours of lectures every week throughout the semester according to the lecture plan. Seminars two hours per week. The organization of the seminars will be presented at the beginning of the semester. Attendance is required at at least 80 percent of the seminars and students must submit assignments related to the seminars. Number and requirements are stated at the beginning of the semester. In addition, a semester assignment must be submitted in the course. The compulsory activities must be completed in order to take the exam. 

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment
  • Attendance (at least 80 % of the seminars)
  • Submission of assignments related to the seminars. Requirements are stated at the start of the sem.
  • Submit all four assignments

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: 3 days home exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

To be given at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVSOS105 15.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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