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2011/2012  BA-HASOC6SC  Students conference on quantitative methodology in the analysis of contemporary society

English Title
Students conference on quantitative methodology in the analysis of contemporary society

Course Information

Language English
Point 15 ECTS (450 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
Course Coordinator
    Christian Borch - Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
    Janus Hansen - Department for Business and Politics
Janus Hansen is 6st semester students conference coordinator
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
  • Statistics and mathematics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
During the students conference, the student must demonstrate that (s)he:
  • has achieved the learning objectives for the courses ‘Theories of Contemporary Society II’ and ‘Quantitative Methods II’ (see under 'Further Information')
  • is able to present a scholarly problem in a coherent fashion, accessible to an audience of peers
  • can deliver an oral presentation on a scholarly topic, adjusted to the allotted timeframe, and
  • can participate in a scholarly debate, providing qualified feed-back to the presentation of his/her peers.
Students conference on quantitative methodology in the analysis of contemporary society:
Assessment Oral Exam
Marking Scale Pass / Fail
Censorship No censorship
Exam Period May/June
Aids Without preparation
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
  • The student will be required to prepare a 10-minute individual presentation that uses theoretical elements from ‘Theories of Contemporary Society II’ and methodologies from ‘Quantitative Methods II’ to examine a question formulated jointly by the teachers of the two courses.
  • This will be followed by a discussion of 15 minutes (including the examiners’ discussion of the presenter’s performance), initiated by fellow students.
  • Furthermore, the student will be required to act as discussant for one presentation given by a fellow student during the conference. The student is required to be present throughout that part of the conference in which (s)he gives his/her presentation.
  • The student is required to deliver an abstract of his/her presentation to his/her discussant(s) at least 72 hours prior to the presentation.
  • For more details, see separate guidelines.
  • The examiners (one from each course) will act as chairs as well as discussants.
  • Participation in the students conference – comprising presentation and the role as discussant – will be assessed with a ‘Pass’/‘Fail’ by the examiners.

Make-up examination and re-examination

  • The re-take for both students who were ill during the conference or the preparation thereof and for students who failed the regular examination will proceed according to the same format as described above. In case of a non-pass, the student will receive feedback on how to improve his/her performance.
  • In case only one student has registered for the re-take, comments will be made by the examiners, and the student will not be expected to comment on the presentation of colleagues; otherwise roles will be distributed as described for the regular examination.
Course Content

The objective of the students conference is twofold: 1) to test that students have achieved the learning objectives of the two courses being assessed in the conference, ‘Theories of Contemporary Society II’ and ‘Quantitative Methods II’, and 2) to test that the students have developed the ability to present and discuss a scholarly problem orally with an audience of peers.

Giving due consideration to the theoretical and methodological freedom in the development of the bachelor project, students are encouraged to develop synergies between the topic of the bachelor project and the courses assessed in the conference.

The aim of this course is that the student acquires knowledge of the most important ways to conceptualise and examine the processual and network-based interactions between individuals, organisations and society, which are currently developing in social theory. Particular attention is devoted to diagnoses, which emphasise the linguistic and discursive construction of social reality.

Through the course, the student should acquire knowledge about how the complex interactions between individuals, businesses and public organisations enable and facilitate new modes of organisation and organisational change in the highly dynamic social settings of contemporary societies. Furthermore, the student should be able to discuss continuities and ruptures in these approaches compared to previous modes of social theorising.

On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify, analyse and assess at an advanced level the central assumptions of the theories covered in the curriculum,
  • identify, analyse and assess the core similarities and differences in how social processes and network creation are thematised in the theories covered in the curriculum,
  • identify and explain selected complex and dynamic processes which constitute today’s network and knowledge economy, and
  • identify, explain and discuss questions concerning social processes and network creation in relation to a subject agreed with the course lecturer.
The aim of this course is to provide the student with both theoretical and practical knowledge about quantitative methods at an advanced level, enabling the student to develop the knowledge and skills achieved in the courses ‘Quantitative Methods I’ and ‘Mixed Methods’.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to understand the fundamental principles behind the statistical tools introduced in the course and be able to apply these to a specific research problem. Specifically, the student should be able to:
  • formulate and operationalise a research problem for which one or more of the methods introduced in the course is suitable,
  • account for the underlying principles behind the method(s),
  • apply the method(s) appropriately and interpret the results in a manner that is relevant to the research problem, and
  • reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the applied methods.
Teaching Methods
The teaching consist in a mixture of lectures, student discussions and student presentations.
Student Workload
Classes 50 hours
Preparation for class 340 hours
Examination 60 hours
Further Information

For more details about the students conference exam, see separate guidelines on e-campus.


The syllabi are being developed.