ASOK15228U  Critical theory and the social sciences

Volume 2018/2019
Education

MSc 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.

Creditstudents must be at master level
 

The course is a cross-disciplinary course and aims to attract students from Sociology, Anthropology and Political science

Content

This course has its base in the cross-disciplinary research centre Centre for Anthropological, Political and Social Theory (CAPS) at the faculty of the social sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The general topic of the course is the meaning and role of critique in the social sciences. The course will focus on different theoretical conceptions of critique and the application of critique in different fields of research across the social sciences.

Learning Outcome

KNOWLEDGE

The student must in a first step be able to understand what distinguishes different conceptions of critique and the role critique plays in different conceptions of social science. In the next step the student must be able to relate these conceptions to different ways of conducting critique in different interdisciplinary research fields and compare and critically discuss these ways.

SKILLS

The course provides students with the practical skill of criticizing social problems or pathologies and to use this skill in research across disciplines in investigations of the social world.

COMPETENCES

To plan an perform research and investigations of different aspects of the social world in which critique plays a crucial role. The student will be able to choose and apply the right way of criticizing in different kinds of interdisciplinary research.

A combination of articles, chapters in edited volumes and 2-3 books.

There will be a combination of lectures and discussions
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

Through discussions in class

Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Individual/group.
Free written take-home essays are assignments for which students define and formulate a problem within the parameters of the course and based on an individual exam syllabus. The free written take-home essay 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 BSc Curriculum 2016 or MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.

Antropology stundents - to be updated

Political Science students - to be updated

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

Find more information on your study page at KUnet.

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 attendance” 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
  • 110
  • Preparation
  • 30
  • Exam Preparation
  • 38
  • Total
  • 206