The course is designed as an introduction to sociology, presenting the principal stages in the history of sociological thought and a few major themes in contemporary social science research. Its purpose is to set out and discuss theories, analysis methods and empirical results, with a particular emphasis on work that calls for quantitative techniques. Each session will be devoted to a specific theme. The first part of the session will lay out the main theoretical reference points and the findings of empirical research in the given domain, and a group of students will be invited in the second part to give an oral presentation lasting about twenty minutes on a more specific subject. Each student must participate in a presentation during the semester for the course to be validated. The presentation subjects will generally take the form of a critical discussion of texts and research results based on a documentation file handed out at the beginning of the year. Evaluation of the course will be based on thegrouppresentations and anindividualreview of a book or set of texts, a list of which will be handed out during the first session of the course, when the presentations in later sessions will be planned and definitive registrations will be taken.



  1. General introduction –Course presentation. The different research formulae in sociology. Allocation of presentations.
  2. Stratification and social classes –Presentation: The end of social class?
  3. Social mobility –Presentation: Social justice and meritocracy
  4. School and inequalities –Presentation: The massification of education and democratisation of teaching
  5. The sociology of voting and political behaviour –Presentation: Metamorphoses in class voting
  6. Sociology of immigration and integration –Presentation: Spatial segregation questions
  7. Culture, norms and values –Presentation: The post-materialism controversy
  8. Culture and lifestyles –Presentation: Is the distinction model still relevant?



Articles à lire pour chacune des séances. 

  1. Chardon O. (2010), 50 ans de mutations de l’emploi, Insee Première,  n° 1312 et Pison G. (2014), 1914-2014 : un siècle d’évolution de la pyramide des âges en France, Populations et Sociétés, n°509.
  2. Vanderschelden M. (2006), Homogamie socioprofessionnelle et ressemblance en termes de niveau d'études : constat et évolution au fil des cohortes d'unions, Économie et statistique, n°398(1).
  3. Vallet L.A. (2014), Mobilité observée et fluidité sociale en France de 1977 à 2003, Idées économiques et sociales, n° 175.
  4. Van Leeuwen M.H., Maas I., Rébaudo D. et Pélissier J.P. (2016), Social Mobility in France 1720–1986: Effects of Wars, Revolution and Economic Change, Journal of Social History, 49(3), 585-616.
  5. Swift A. (2004), Would perfect mobility be perfect?, European Sociological Review, 20(1), 1-11.
  6. Neckerman K.M. et Torche F. (2007), Inequality: Causes and consequences, Annual Review of Sociology, 33, 335-357.
  7. Sevilla A., Gimenez-Nadal J.I. et Gershuny, J. (2012), Leisure inequality in the United States: 1965–2003, Demography, 49(3), 939-964.
  8. Héran F. (1988), La sociabilité, une pratique culturelle, Economie et statistique, n° 216.
  9. Marmot M. (2005), Social determinants of health inequalities, The Lancet, 365(9464), 1099-1104.
  10. Dubet F. (2005), Sociologie : quelles évolutions ? Les places de la sociologie dans les sciences sociales, Cahiers français, n° 326.
  11. Goldthorpe J.H. (2001), Causation, statistics, and sociology, European Sociological Review, 17(1), 1-20.
  12. Martin M.A. (2008), The intergenerational correlation in weight: how genetic resemblance reveals the social role of families, American journal of sociology, 114(S1).