ASOK15102U Advanced Culture, Lifestyle and Everyday Life
Due to the Corona-situation, the way in which the exams are held, is updated.Please see below.
Mandatory MA course 1. Semester
MA Sociology 2015
Sociology students must be enrolled under MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.
BA-Undergraduates from foreign countries (exchange students) can sign up for this course
Course package (MSc 2015):
Culture, Lifestyle and Everyday Life
The teaching in spring 2021 will be online until the 1. of April due to the Covid19 situation.
As soon as it is permitted and justifiable, it is up to the individual lecturer whether to transition to a blended format or wish to continue with full online teaching for the rest of the semester.
The individual lecturer will inform you of the above choice in the Absalon room for each course.
Courses with oral exams will be held online if the relevant restrictions have not been lifted at least four weeks before the individual exam. This will be notified in Absalon.
Courses with written exams will not experience any changes in relation to the normal exam form.
This is the compulsory course for the MA specialization in Culture, Lifestyle and Everyday Life. In this course we critically review a range key theoretical perspectives and empirical studies, each contributing to a sociological understanding of sociocultural problems within contemporary urbanized society. The course relates to but also seeks to move beyond existing understandings of what sociocultural phenomena are and how they can be empirically studied within a cultural sociology framework.
First, we introduce the students to a problem based approach to cultural sociology: While the cultural aspects of everyday life and lifestyles have a “bright side” of enjoyable sociality, the course will focus on “dark side” of sociocultural life, especially in the context of the contemporary city. Urban problems arises, for example, in relation to contested uses of space, subcultural and delinquent lifestyles, street violence and cultures, and various criminal activities. This is moreover the case when lifestyles are related to transgressive risk behaviors, when cultures neutralize their deviance and thus provokes mainstream societies norms, or when one finds pleasures in others pains and loss. In the course we will examine these and related dark side of everyday urban life. Within this part of the course we will present five explanatory principles of (micro) sociology: 1) Person-situation interaction. Social life is enacted in an interplay of situational and personality specific forces. 2) Situations and solidarity. Dense interaction generates emotions of solidarity and conformity. In this lecture, we look into the theory and evidence supporting the former aspect. 3) Situations and conformity. Dense interaction generates emotions of solidarity and conformity. In this lecture, we look into the theory and evidence supporting the latter aspect. 4) Personality and self-control inface-to-face interaction. Social life is shaped in the interaction of persons and situations. In this lecture we highlight self-control as a key personality aspect of social live. 5) Social background and lifestyle. Within this explanatory principle we will focus on how social background and lifestyle shapes entrance to social life and especially deviance.
Second, in the course we will examine the interface and interplay between the cultural and pre-cultural aspects of everyday life, reflecting the view that we are better analytically equipped to conceptualize cultural phenomena when these are compared to their pre-cultural flip side: Emotions, for example, are structured by cultural norms and rules but emotions also unfold as raw pre-cultural affects in a biological body. In a similar manner, the course will examine and discuss how the physical forms of urban space, the psychosomatic stimulants of drugs, and the biological underpinnings of face-to-face interaction have to considered as pre-cultural processes that shape the cultural expression of urban life, drug use and socio-moral order.
The course will provide the students with an overview of the
core sociological research literature within the thematic field of
Culture, Lifestyle and Everyday Life.
Moreover, the students will have trained their ability to compare and contrast key explanatory principles that are central to the wider MA specialization in Culture, Lifestyle and Everyday Life, as well as identifying significant historical and contemporary developments in the field.
Further, the student will be able to identify and analyze social interactions in relation to the interplay between cultural and pre-cultural processes of social life.
Based on the work with papers during the course, the students will gain and train competences in a problem based approach to analyze and explain cultural phenomena, including how theses analyses can inform practical interventions.
In this way, the student will be able to apply and critically discuss key theoretical concepts within the thematic field of Culture, Lifestyle and Everyday Life, particularly related to of urban cultural contexts marked by conflicts, contested lifeforms, and delinquency.
Further, the students will also learn to read and use also quantitative studies within the field of the related fields.
The central texts will be made available on Absalon prior to
The total curriculum is app. 900 pages. In addition, students are required to choose reading materials for their project work (app. 400 pages). The self chosen material will be based on the literature search for the state of the art and as such primarily be (quantitative and qualitative) scientific articles.
The lectures will include presentations by external professionals within crime and urban areas: city planners, crime prevention units, police and architects.
!! PLEASE NOTE !!
The teaching is on campus during autumn semester 2020 with registration-princip (check Absalon for more details). However, due to the covid19 situation all classes are available online too for students who are not able to attend classes on campus because of their covid-19 risk.
Always remember to check Absalon for the latest updates.
- Theory exercises
- Exam Preparation
Registration deadline for courses is June 1 for Autumn semester and December 1 for Spring semester.
Registration deadline for Summer school is June 1.
The ordinary period for registration for summer courses is from November 15'th to December 1'st.
If the course is full after this period, it will NOT be offered
for registration again, in the extra period for registration from
May 15'th to June 1'st
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- PortfolioOral defenceIndividual 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 assignment does have an oral defence after hand-in.
The portfolio assignments must be no longer than 30 pages. For group assignments, an extra 15 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.
Special information regarding Winter Exam 20/21:
The ordinary exam will ONLY be ONLINE
- Exam registration requirements
Sociology students must be enrolled under MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.
Credit students must be at master level.
Exchange students can be at both bachelor and master level.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- 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;
www.soc.ku.dk under Education --> Exams
Portfolio with oral defence examination
Individual or group.
Special information regarding Winter 20/21 Exam:
Re-exam will ONLY be ONLINE.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see learning outcome