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Syllabus:

Sociological Theory and Practice, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Sociologisk teori och praktik

This syllabus is valid: 2019-11-04 and until further notice

Course code: 2SO204

Credit points: 15

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Sociology: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Sociology

Established by: Head of Department of Sociology, 2020-02-24

Contents

Module 1: Power and the concept of power
Power has been a central field of research in sociology ever since the subject was established as an academic discipline. The main focus of the moment is on original texts by both classical and modern theorists, which have had a great impact on how the theoretical and methodological approach in the field of sociology in various ways has tried to understand power in particularly at the social level.

Module 2: Critical theory
The course provides an advanced introduction to critical theory. It is based on the roots of Marx and the field's formation based on the Frankfurt School. The section further addresses the field's modern and contemporary ramifications in the form of post-structuralism, post-modernism, post-colonialism, queer theory and various fields of application.

Expected learning outcomes

Module 1: Power and the concept of power
In regards to comprehension and knowledge, on successful completion of the course, the student will have:
  • be able to identify and critically discuss the main elements of power theories
In regards to ability and proficiency, on successful completion of the course, the student will have:
  • be able to apply theories on power to understand societal problems
Concerning the logic of inquiry, on successful completion of the course, the student will have:
  • be able to evaluate which power theories are appropriate for understanding given social issues

Module 2: Critical theory
In regards to comprehension and knowledge, on successful completion of the course, the student will have:
  • be able to identify and critically discuss the main elements of critical social theory
In regards to ability and proficiency, on successful completion of the course, the student will have:
  • be able to apply critical social theory to understand societal problems
Concerning the logic of inquiry, on successful completion of the course, the student will have:
  • be able to evaluate which theories are suitable for understanding given social issues

Required Knowledge

Sociology 90 credits including a thesis of 15 credits, or equivalent eligibility proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish Upper Secondary course English A. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Form of instruction

Module 1: Power and the concept of power, 7.5 credits
Teaching is structured on the basis of meetings where lecture elements and seminar forms are combined. The students work with preparatory tasks before the meetings.

Module 2: Critical Theory, 7.5 credits
Teaching is structured on the basis of meetings where lecture elements and seminar forms are combined. The students work with preparatory tasks before the meetings.

Examination modes

Module 1: Power and the concept of power, 7.5 credits
The module is examined through seminar assignments and an individual written analysis assignment.

Module 2: Critical Theory, 7.5 credits
The module is examined through seminar assignments and an individual written analysis assignment.

The Swedish grading system states that the following grades may be awarded: Pass with Distinction (väl godkänd), Pass (godkänd) or Fail (underkänd). For comparison of grades, Umeå University has decided that the ECTS Grading Table (EGT) shall be used. International students' home university is responsible for any translation into their local grading system.

For each examining part of the course is a regular examination given with a second reexamination within two months after the regular examination. For examinations performed in May and June is the first reexamination offered within three months of the regular examination. In addition to this is a third reexamination given within a year after the end of the course. Examination based on the same course plan as the regular examination is guaranteed within two years after the earlier course plan has ceased to be valid or the course is no longer given (see rules for grades and examination on basic and advanced level, Dnr: FS 1.1.2-553-14). A student who has failed two tests for a course or a part of a course is entitled to have another examiner appointed after a written request to the head of department. 

Deviations from the form of examination in the course plan can be made for a student who has pedagogical support due to disabilities. Individual adjustment of the examination form shall be considered based on the student's needs. The examination form is adjusted within the framework of the expected learning outcomes of the course plan. After a request from the student shall the course coordinator, in consultation with the examiner, quickly decide on the adjusted form of examination. The decision is then to be reported to the student.  

Transfer of credits
In order to transfer credits to a corresponding course at Umeå University, students have the right to submit previous education or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in the profession for evaluation. Application for transfer of credits is submitted to the Student Centre / Examinations. More information on transfer of credits is available on Umeå University's student website, www.student.umu.se, and the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 6). A refusal for transfer of credits may be appealed against (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 12) to the University Appeals Board. This applies whether the entire application or part of the application for transfer of credits is refused.

Literature

  • Valid from: 2021 week 18

    Module 1: Power and the Concept of Power, 7,5 hp

    Haugaard M
    Power : a reader
    Manchester : Manchester University Press : 2002 : 341 s. :
    ISBN: 0-7190-5728-0
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Additional articles will be included.

    Module 2: Critical Theory, 7,5 hp

    A critical and cultural theory reader
    Easthope Antony, McGowan Kate
    2nd ed. : Maidenhead : Open University Press : 2004 : 287 s. :
    ISBN: 0-335-21356-1
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Bronner Stephen Eric
    Critical theory : a very short introduction
    New York : Oxford University Press : c2011 : 130 p. :
    ISBN: 9780199730070
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Other texts will be included in the obligatory reading list for the course.

  • Valid from: 2020 week 11

    Module 1: Power and the Concept of Power, 7,5 hp

    Collins Patricia Hill
    Black feminist thought : knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment
    2. ed. : New York, N.Y. : Routledge : 2000 : 335 s. :
    ISBN: 0-415-92483-9
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Gaventa John
    Power and powerlessness : quiescence and rebellion in an Appalachian valley
    Urbana and Chicago : University of Illinois Press : 1982 : 267 s. :
    ISBN: 0-252-00985-1
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Michels Robert
    Political parties : a sociological study of the oligarchical tendencies of modern democracy
    [S.l.] : Dodo Press : 2009. : 344 p. :
    ISBN: 9781409989271
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Haugaard M
    Power : a reader
    Manchester : Manchester University Press : 2002 : 341 s. :
    ISBN: 0-7190-5728-0
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Smith Dorothy E.
    The conceptual practices of power : a feminist sociology of knowledge
    Boston : Northeastern University Press : 1990 : 235 s. :
    ISBN: 1-55553-072-9
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Economy and society : an outline of interpretive sociology
    Weber Max, Wittich Claus, Roth Guenther
    New York : Bedminster P. : 1968 : 3 vol.(ccclii, 1469 s.) :
    Mandatory

    Module 2: Critical Theory, 7,5 hp

    A critical and cultural theory reader
    Easthope Antony, McGowan Kate
    2nd ed. : Maidenhead : Open University Press : 2004 : 287 s. :
    ISBN: 0-335-21356-1
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Bronner Stephen Eric
    Critical theory : a very short introduction
    New York : Oxford University Press : c2011 : 130 p. :
    ISBN: 9780199730070
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Other texts will be included in the obligatory reading list for the course.