Contemporary sociological theory 7.5 credits

Modern sociologisk teori
First cycle, S0022A
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
Syllabus established by the Department of Human Work Sciences 2007-12-13.

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 04 Nov 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 and General eligiblity for admission and Basic Theory in Sociology S0015A.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The student will after the course have a good overview of the modern sociological theory from 1920 - until the 2000s. The course takes a recess of four original works and in two selected sociologists theories, as applied to contemporary conditions. Thus conveyed an exercise in thinking sociologically . Students should be able to independently analyze two sociologists and their problems from a theoretical conceptual apparatus - readings - and in a scientific paper presenting their results.

The course builds on the knowledge the student has from basic courses. The course includes; In-depth study of current sociological theory, which is related to previous courses, with a focus on society, organization, individual, punishment and monitoring and a gender perspective.

The teaching is mainly in the form of lectures which shall be regarded as a supplement to your textbook. The course also requires an active participation in seminars.

Assessment is through active participation in seminars and through the writing of a scientific paper. Seminar  2,5 hp and report 5,0 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.

Transition terms

Fredrik Sjögren

Literature. Valid from Spring 2020 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Månson, Per (red.) (2015). Moderna samhällsteorier: traditioner, riktningar, teoretiker. (9. uppl.) Lund: Studentlitteratur. (urval)
Foucault, Michel (2017). Övervakning och straff: fängelsets födelse. Lund: Arkiv förlag.
Connell, Raewyn & Pearse, Rebecca (2015). Om genus. Göteborg: Daidalos.
Skeggs, Beverley (2000). Att bli respektabel: konstruktioner av klass och kön. Göteborg: Daidalos.
Moi, Toril (1994). Att erövra Bourdieu. Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift. Vol 15:1, sid. 23-25
Beck, Ulrich (2012). Risksamhället: på väg mot en annan modernitet. Göteborg: Daidalos. (urval)

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0002ReportU G VG *5.00MandatoryS09
0003SemenarsU G#2.50MandatoryA13

Study guidance
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