ASOK15429U Contemporary Economic Sociology
MA Theory and Themes course (MSc Curriculum 2015)
Course package (MSc 2015):
- Welfare, inequality and mobility
- Knowledge, organisation and politics
BA-Undergraduates from foreign countries (exchange students) can sign up for this course
Creditstudents must be at master level
The course introduces the theoretical and empirical foundations of contemporary economic sociology, as a way to understand how sociologists engage with the study of complex socioeconomic issues. In the last decades, a vibrant economic sociology has emerged and developed, which has critically analysed both latest capitalist developments and a broad range of economy-related phenomena.
Part I. Introduction to contemporary economic sociology
1.Introduction: why and what a contemporary economic sociology for?
2. Old/new and broad/narrow economic sociology
3. Globalization and capitalism
Part II. Main perspectives and analytical concepts
4. Macro-micro perspectives. Social structure, culture, institutions, embeddedness, social system, state.
5. Micro-macro perspectives. Networks, social capital, identities, conventions, field, sector, social interaction.
6. Performativity of economics and economization
Part III. Main topics and issues
8. Inequality and finance
9. Calculation and value/valuation
Part IV. Current issues in contemporary capitalism
10. Globalizing production: global production/value networks/chains; Multi-National Corporations and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
11. Economy’s financialization (global financial markets) and culturalization (signs, symbols, information, knowledge, digitalization)
12. Comparative capitalisms and crisis: competing models of capitalism, and alternatives to current capitalism.
13. The challenge of the European and Nordic model of welfare capitalism
14. Conclusions and summing-up
After completion students are expected to be able to:
-master the central concepts and principles of the new economic sociology, its main approaches, and recent developments.
-understand the main differencees between the main approaches of contemporary economic sociology
-reflect critically on the strenghts and weaknesses of the approaches and perspectives covered in the course.
-carry out an original definition essay based on syllabus literature.
-analyse issues and problems related to current capitalism, globalization and crisis.
-distinguish and evaluate the different analytical strategies to specific phenomena related to contemporary economies.
-select and formulate relevant themes and questions, and identify adequate theories to analyse them.
-design an analytical strategy
-structure a coherent analytical essay on a topic of the course.
Course readings or texts will be available in a compendium and
in electronic format in Absalon.
7.5 ECTS: 600 pages
There are no main books. Most of the texts are journal articles
and selected book-chapters.
General and reference sources (not obligatory):
-Beckert, Jens and Zafirovski, Milan (eds.) (2006) International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology. London: Routledge.
-“Economic Sociology. The European Electronic Newsletter” at http://econsoc.mpifg.de/archive
Registration deadline for courses is June 1 for Autumn semester and December 1 for Spring semester.
Registration deadline for Summer school is either June 1 or
December 1 (Credit students only June 1).
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentIndividual 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.
Creditstudents must be at master level to take this exam.
BA-Undergraduates from foreign countries (exchange students) can sign up for 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/
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.
- Course Preparation