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ASOA15038U  Danish Society – A sociological perspective (NB! - CLOSED FOR FURTHER REGISTRATION) Volume 2016/2017

Course information

Credit7,5 ECTS
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
Duration1 semester
Autumn And Spring
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Study boardDepartment of Sociology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Sociology
Course responsible
  • Yosef Kamal Ibssa (2-87794e817d713c79833c7279)
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BA/MA Elective course - only Exchange BA-Undergraduates and Exchange MA-level students can sign up for this course



This course is designed for foreign students so they become acquainted with sociological theories and empirical studies

in relation to different issues in the Danish Welfare State. The course will offer in depth analyses of key institutions in the Danish Society.  Different topics will be presented: the Scandinavian models of welfare, and comparisons between different welfare systems, also with regard to discourses on gender, citizenship and family friendliness. The labour market, industrial relations, employment relations, flexicurity, youth unemployment and the crisis. National health and care policies, health inequalities and elder care. Environmental issues, sustainable city building. Penal relations and prison treatment. Religions and believers.  Alternative, utopian communities. These topics will be analyzed in lectures and readings and there will be an excursion to one of the alternative communities in Copenhagen, Christiania.  The students will meet some of the best scholars in these various fields

Learning Outcome


The aim is for students to develop

- a critical understanding of the underlying values and political ideas in the Danish society, and how the society is re-shaping itself

- knowledge of the complexities, problems and ambiguities of the ’Danish Model’.


By the end of the course students should

• Select and formulate a research question within one of the course themes

• Structure and argue convincingly in accordance with the defined research question

• Describe historical and current traits of the chosen topic

• Include relevant literature from curriculum such as essential concepts, sociological theories and empirical documentation.

• Include supplementary literature if the research question invites to further investigation.

• Apply competing sociological concepts and theories if relevant to the defined research question

• Discuss the applied literature independently and critically.



By the end of the course student should demonstrate ability to:

•  Formulate and research key questions or problems about Denmark and the Danish society

•  Identify, evaluate and utilise appropriate research resources;

•  Familiarise with different theoretical perspectives and types of evidence in addressing questions relating to Denmark

Professional practical skills:

Students will acquire the organisational and writing skills necessary to convey their analyses in clear concise terms.

Transferable (key) skills:

• Students will develop the ability to work in groups, make class or small group presentations, and lead discussions on particular issues

• Feel empowered to speak knowledgably about Denamark

• Academically engage with peers who are also international or exchange students



By the end of the course students have competences in

- exercising sociological reflection

- formulating research questions concerning sociological issues related to the functioning of Danish society.


Materials for the course

Required readings for the course have been compiled into a reader(s) and other are available online.

Additional material that is relevant, useful, or of particular interest to the issues of the class will be posted on Absalon - Logon at https:/​/​intranet.ku.dk 

Teaching and learning methods
Teaching methods
The course is organised around a series of lectures, followed by more in-depth analysis and discussion of the issues in classes.
BA/MA Elective course - only Exchange BA-Undergraduates and Exchange MA-level students can sign up for this course
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Self Service at KUnet

Registration deadline for courses is June 1 for Autumn semester and December 1 for Spring semester.

Registration deadline for Summer school is June 1.
When registered you will be signed up for exam.

Exchange students must sign up by filling in an application form which you find here:  course registration

Meritstuderende:  klik her


Exam (Free written take-home essay)
Credit7,5 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.
Marking scale7-point grading scale
Censorship formNo external censorship
Internal examiners
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/

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome

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