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2013/2014  BA-4TCS  Theories of Contemporary Society I

English Title
Theories of Contemporary Society I

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
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
  • Janus Hansen - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Philosophy and philosophy of science
  • Economic and organizational sociology
Last updated on 14-08-2013
Learning objectives
On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
  • account for the central assumptions and analyses in the texts in the curriculum,
  • identify and analyse the most essential similarities and differences between how the theories covered in the curriculum conceptualise key features of contemporary societies
  • identify and discuss strengths and weaknesses in how the approaches introduced in the curriculum facilitate analysis of the interplay between societal conditions and economic activities in contemporary societies, and
  • apply the theoretical perspectives introduced in the course to present and analyse concrete empirical phenomena in contemporary societies, with a particular emphasis on economic activities.
Course prerequisites
The courses 4TCS Theories of Contemporart Society and 4AES Advanced Economic Sociology have one intergrated exam. The exam is 15 ECTS. You can only participate in 4TCS Theories of Contemporart Society if you also register for the course: 4AES Advanced Economic Sociology.
Students conference on economic sociology in the context of contemporary society:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 1 page
Assignment type Written assignment
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale Pass / Fail
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The student conference is based on the format of a scientific conference and consists of three elements: 1) a written abstract, 2) an oral presentation, and 3) a discussion initiated by a fellow student, in which the examiners also participate.
The examiners will prepare one or more topics to be analysed by the students. Each student must submit an abstract at a fixed deadline prior to the conference, prepare an oral presentation and act as a discussant for a fellow student. The grading is based on a total assessment of all three elements.
The students are required to be present during the whole session, in which they give their presentation.
More detailed guidelines for the conference exam format will be made available on e-campus when the courses commence.
Learning objectives for the exam:
During the 4th semester students conference, the student must demonstrate that (s)he:

  • has achieved the learning objectives for the two courses ‘Advanced Economic Sociology’ and ‘Theories of Contemporary Society I’ (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 time frame, and
  • can participate in a scholarly debate, providing qualified feedback to the presentation of his/her peers.
Course content and structure
The course builds on Fundamentals of Social Theory and aims to provide the student with knowledge about (1) how different types of social relations are described and analysed within contemporary social science, with a special emphasis on the analysis of social differences in time and space, and (2) skills to identify and assess the influence of the social context on corporate and organisational activities, based on selected theoretical positions.
Teaching methods
The course comprises a mixture of lectures, student discussions and student presentations
Last updated on 14-08-2013