ASOK15217U  Transnational and Global Sociology (TGS)

Volume 2018/2019
Education

MA Theory and Methodology (MSc Curriculum 2015)

Course package (MSc 2015):

- Welfare, inequality and mobility
- Knowledge, organisation and politics
- Culture, lifestyle and everyday life

BA-Undergraduates from foreign countries (exchange students) can sign up for this course

Content

Sociology faces the challenge of addressing the supra-national dynamics of a complex and multi-scalar social reality. An increasing cross-country inter-dependency within transnational and globalizing developments requires a supra-national analytical strategy to complement nation-state and/or local sociology. The course aims to understand the different ways of thinking and doing transnational and global sociology.

 

Introduction

1. Introduction

2. Transnationalization and Globalization

 

Main perspectives, approaches and concepts

3. Power, flows/fluids and risks

4. World Society (WS)

5. Transnational and global diffusion analysis

6. Global complexities and cultural glocalization

7. World-Systems Analysis (WSA)

8. Multiple modernities

9. Macro-regional sociology: Europe and East Esia

10. Global postcolonial sociology

11. Cosmopolitan sociology

 

Conclusions

12. Summing-up seminar

13. Summing-up seminar

14. Summing-up seminar

Learning Outcome

After completion students are expected to be able to:

 

1. Knowledge:

 

-master general knowledge about the features of transnational and global sociology

 

-understand the main differencees between the different approaches to transnational and global sociology

 

-reflect critically on the strenghts and weaknesses of the approaches and perspectives covered in the course.

 

2. Skills

 

-differentiate between analytical levels and domains of the supranational reality.

 

-formulate themes and questions for analysis

 

-select theories and perspectives for analytical application

 

3. Competences

 

-review and discuss different theories

 

-analyse cases and phenomena using one or various theories

 

-structure and write academic essays

 

For 7.5 ECTS the syllabus is about 600 pages.


Here are some general reference books (not obligatory):

 

Axford, B. (2013) Theories of globalization. Polity

Therborn, G. (2010) The World: A Beginner's Guide. Polity.

Urry, J. (2003) Global complexities. Polity.

 

As many texts as possible (journal articles and book chapters) will be available in Absalon.

A basic knowledge on macrosociology
The classes will consist of a combination of short lecturing, discussion of texts, group-work and debates, student presentations, working of examples and data, and if possible talks by guest lecturers.
Exam information:

Portfolio assignment (max. 10 standard/normal pages of 2400 characters with Spaces per page), composed of two essays.

-Part I: Essay on Transnational Sociology.

-Part II: Essay on Global Sociology.

The specific content of the two essays is to be discussed and agreed with the teacher.
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

In two ways:
a) in small and short group-work in many of the sessions
b) in the planned summing-up seminars at the end of each part and at the end of the course

Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio
Exam information:

Portfolio assignment (max. 10 standard/normal pages of 2400 characters with Spaces per page), composed of two essays.

-Part I: Essay on Transnational Sociology.

-Part II: Essay on Global Sociology.

The specific content of the two essays is to be discussed and agreed with the teacher.

Individual or group.
A portfolio assignment is defined as a series of short assignments during the course that address one or more set questions and feedback is offered during the course. All of the assignments are submitted together for assessment at the end of the course. The portfolio assignments must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Exam registration requirements

Sociology students must be enrolled under MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Submission dates and time will be available at KUnet, www.kunet.dk. Exchange students and danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology; http://www.soc.ku.dk/english/education/exams/ and http://www.soc.ku.dk/uddannelser/meritstuderende/eksamen

Re-exam

At re-exam, the form of examination is the same as ordinary exam.
If the form of examination is ”active participation” the re-examination form is always “free written take-home essay”.

Criteria for exam assesment

Please see the learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Course Preparation
  • 68
  • Preparation
  • 20
  • Exam Preparation
  • 90
  • Total
  • 206