After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
1. Distinguish and contrast the main arguments in key texts of important approaches in contemporary social scientific theory;
2. Distinguish and contrast the core themes of important approaches and debates in contemporary social scientific theory;
3. Assess the differences and similarities between these approaches;
4. Appraise a particular social scientific work to these approaches and debates;
5. Assess the opportunities and limitations of these approaches for doing research;
6. Use concepts and theories of at least two of these approaches to compose research questions for social scientific research.
7. Being able to participate in and stimulate an open debate about social science theoretical literature.
Assumed knowledge on:
Introduction into social theory, like RSO-10306 Sociology and ENP-22803 Theories and Themes: Sociology or equivalent courses; Social Science Bachelor. In case of doubt contact the course coordinator
Intensive discussion groups in which students and teachers actively review and discuss key texts in social theory. Students write an assignment in which they show their ability to view a specific social scientific problem from different theoretical perspectives. Furthermore, students read texts, participate in discussions and present reviews of the key texts and defend their essay.
- individual essay (60%);
- presentation and defence (30%);
- active preparation as expressed in submitted questions and comments (10%).
The first two component require a minimum of 5.5 to pass.
C. Calhoun; [et al]. (eds), (2012). Contemporary sociological theory, Malden: Wiley-Blackwell. Selected additional readings (to be copied from master copies by the students).
Standard schedule of sessions:
Mondays: 14:00 – 15:30
Wednesdays: 14:00 – 17.10
Fridays: 14:00 – 15:30