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Global Sociology, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Global sociologi

This syllabus is valid: 2019-12-30 and until further notice

Course code: 2SO070

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: First cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Sociology: First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements

Grading scale: Three-grade scale

Responsible department: Department of Sociology

Established by: Head of Department of Sociology, 2018-11-06


The aim of the course is to contribute to a critical understanding of social changes in the contemporary world. These changes are associated with concepts such as reflexive modernity, globalization, postcolonialism, cultural and gender identities. From historical and sociological perspectives the development of the modern global society are elucidated; and from there, the cleavages and problems of contemporary societies are analyzed. The course also provides an introduction of sociology as an academic discipline of global relevance.

Expected learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the student will have
- knowledge about the global relevance of sociology as an academic discipline
- knowledge about sociological perspectives on modernity and globalization
- knowledge about colonialism and postcolonial theory
- knowledge about the meaning of cultural identities and gendered subjects in contemporary societies
- ability to analyze the current situation and problems of the global societies from a sociological perspective
- ability to apply the required knowledge when analysing relevant themes both in written form and in oral presentations.

Required Knowledge

General entry requirements

Form of instruction

The teaching forms of the course are lectures and seminars. All seminars are compulsory.

Examination modes

For exam the students are supposed to write a paper discussing some of the relevant topics for the course. The judgement is to be individual for all courses given by the Department of Sociology.
The Swedish academic grading system includes three pass grades: Fail, Pass and Pass with distinction.
Examination based on this syllabus cannot be guaranteed after two years from the start of the course.

Other regulations

Decisions relating to academic credit transfers are made on a case-by-case basis. For further information about this contact the study advisor. See also Umeå University’s set of rules and academic transfer regulations. http://www.student.umu.se/regelsamlingen


Valid from: 2020 week 1

Additional texts may be announced.

Global sociology
Cohen Robin, Kennedy Paul T., Perrier Maud.
3rd ed. : Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan : 2013. : xxxii, 455 p. :
ISBN: 0-230-29374-3 ¹24.99
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Bhambra Gurminder K.
Connected sociologies
London : Bloomsbury Academic : 2014. : xiii, 175 pages :
ISBN: 9781780931579
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