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Individual, group and society 7.5 credits

Individ, grupp och samhälle
First cycle, S0048A
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2023 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)

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 or 1b or 1c, Social Studies 1b or 1a1+1a2.

More information about English language requirements


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

Course Aim
After completing the course the student will:
  • orally and in writing discuss relevant theories about the interplay between individuals, groups and organizations, and the consequences for individuals and society.
  • based on a conceptual framework, to describe social differentiation and identity formation processes in different social and cultural contexts and in different types of groups (eg, working, family, peers)
  • describe and analyze from the perspective of social class, gender, ethnicity, region and youth culture, youth identity formation within different contexts and with different actors (eg, school, residential area, meeting with authorities and organizations)
  • demonstrate the ability to translate the following generic skills into practical application: ability to independently search, evaluate and critically review knowledge and the ability to present and communicate it in a structured manner 

This course focuses on the interaction between individuals, groups and organizations in modern society. The course covers social differentiation and identity formation in working groups and peer groups. Social psychological mechanisms that constitute self-images on the basis of gender, class and ethnicity and identity treated. Culture Analytical themes dealt with, for example, young people / youth culture. Work Experience;

This course is included in teacher training and in addition to theoretical knowledge of the subject, the course also provide knowledge of different social categories of children and youth that teacher students will face in their future profession.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

Lectures based on the specified course literature and tutorials with exercises such as case and film analysis. The analyzes are derived from themes related to the research conducted at the Department of Human Work Science with relevance to high school teachers and learning. Examples of themes are "high school teachers as a profession - challenges and opportunities", "high school students" attitudes towards school and drugs based on gender and social class". The students present their analyzes in the form of preparing and holding a lesson, where the structure and content of the lesson are discussed in seminars.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

Written report 4,0 credits and seminars 3,5 credits.

The written report includes a self-formulated problem and independent analysis of a defined social phenomenon that relates to processes between individuals, groups, and society. In the examination, theoretical and analytical skills in relation to the course objectives are applied. in connection to the seminars, the generic skills of searching, evaluating and critically examine knowledge, as well as the ability to present and communicate this in a structured way is examined.

When applicable, if the written examination (report) does not reach PASS at the first examination, a new opportunity to submit a revised version will be possible, time-wise close to the first examination. In case the report still does not reach PASS, one more possibility for submitting a revised version will be scheduled. If the report does still not reach PASS, the next possibility for submitting is the next time the course is given.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETKS 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.

Saila Piippola

Literature. Valid from Spring 2022 Sp 3
Ahrne, Göran, 1944-. - Det sociala landskapet : en sociologisk beskrivning av Sverige från 1950-talet till början av 2000-talet / Göran Ahrne & Christine Roman & Mats Franzén. - 2003 - 3., omarb. uppl.. - ISBN: 91-7374-407-7

Angelöw, Bosse, 1954-. - Introduktion till socialpsykologi / Bosse Angelöw, Thom Jonsson. - 2000 - 2., [rev.] uppl.. - ISBN: 91-44-00597-0

Giddens, Anthony. - Sociologi / Anthony Giddens (i samarbete med Simon Griffiths) ; översättning: Björn Nilsson ; [fackgranskning: Jan Carle]. - 2007 - 4., omarb. uppl. / svensk bearbetning: Jan Carle och Björn Nilsson. - ISBN: 978-91-44-01947-5

Lindgren, Simon - Ungdomskulturer 2, uppl. Gleerups Utbildning AB. ISBN9789140688187.

Scientific articles will be added

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001ReportU G VG *4.00MandatoryA12
0005SeminarsU G#3.50MandatoryS23

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.

Syllabus established
by Saila Piippola 13 Mar 2012

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 11 Feb 2022