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Basic Theory in Sociology 7.5 credits

Grundläggande sociologisk teori
First cycle, S0015A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Syllabus established
by 27 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 18 Feb 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 1a/1b/1c, Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2 (specifik entry A5). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics Mathematics A, Social Studies A (specifik entry 5)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
After the course the students should have knowledge of what sociology is for something in relation to other social science disciplines , and also have knowledge of the basic ( classical ) theories can be said to characterize the substance.

The student should be able to:
  • describe and explain what sociology is and overview of the topic.
  • describing and analyzing the Swedish society's historical change, structure and function from a macro perspective.
  • explain and describe how various classical sociologists and traditions consider society and social phenomena. This involves knowing the readings.
  • start thinking sociologically

The course provides a basic introduction to sociology. Here treated substance specificity in relation to other social science disciplines, its emergence and theoretical foundations. Questions to be answered is how sociology has evolved and how sociologists regard the society and social phenomena. Emphasis is laid on the classical theories of social change, structure and function from a historical, immanent and retrospective perspective. It also describes sociological how Swedish society has changed in the postwar period. The course provides an overview of the research that sociologists engaged internationally.

Teaching consists of lectures and requires active participation in seminars and group work and should be viewed as a supplement to your textbook.

The examinations consist of one written examination and oral presentation done in groups, one individual essay and one written individual examination. Written exam 4,5 hp, seminar presentation 1 hp and essay 2 hp.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Leif Berglund

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Ahrne, Goran ; Novel, Christine ; Franzén , Mats ( 2014) : The social landscape . A sociological description of Sweden from the 1950s to the early 2000s. 4th revised edition. Gothenburg: Raven.
Boglind, Anders; Eliasson, Sven; Mansson , Per ( 2013) : Capital , rationality and social cohesion: An introduction to classical social theory . 7th revised edition . Stockholm: Nordstedts academic publishers .
Giddens, Anthony & Sutton, Phillip (2014). Sociologi. 5:e revised edition. Lund: Studentlitteratur

Månson, Per, Båten i parken - introduktion till samhällsstudier, Lund: Studentlitteratur

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0005Written examU G VG *4.50MandatoryA14
0009Seminar assignmentU G#1.00MandatoryA19
0010EssayU G#2.00MandatoryA19

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.