SOS1000 - Introduction to Sociology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examiantion and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 15/100 1 hours
Written examination 15/100 1 hours
Home examination 70/100 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 in the Norwegian context. We will discuss social life and human relations in formal and informal settings, with community as a key concept. The course emphasizes developing an understanding of perspectives and central social phenomena and changes. The course also emphasizes the importance of culture, both for individuals and groups and at the community level. Topics such as socialization and identity formation, action and explanations of social behaviour, social control, groups and group processes, social networks and social inequality, social institutions and social change are discussed. On each topic the students will be introduced to the main sociological theories in the field.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:
- achieve insight into basic sociological thinking
- be familiar with the central sociological concepts
- 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 exercises will be presented at the beginning of the semester.

Compulsory activities: Attendance at 80 percent of the seminars and submitting all three of the assignments. All three assignments has to be approved to take the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Atleast 80% attendance at seminars
  • Submit all four assignments
  • Term papers

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Two written exams in the middle of the semester, and home exam at the end of the semester. The two written exams are multiple choice. The two written exams count each 15 percent, and the home exam counts 70 percent of the final grade. All parts must be passed to take the final exam in the course. All parts of the evaluation must be retaken if the exam is repeated.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. 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 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science



Examination arrangement: Home examiantion and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 15/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 15/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 15/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 15/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 70/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 70/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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