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2013/2014  BA-4AES  Advanced Economic Sociology

English Title
Advanced Economic Sociology

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
  • Brooke Harrington - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Economic and organizational sociology
Last updated on 03-12-2013
Learning objectives
On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
  • account for the particular insights offered by economic sociology, both internally in firms and externally in relation to social context
  • identify prospects and challenges for private and public organisations, and propose solutions informed by economic sociology
  • account for and analyze the consequences of different potential organisational developments, both within organisations and in relation to their surroundings
  • apply the approaches of economic sociology to examine the relations between organisations, sectors and networks
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 4AES Advanced Economic Sociology if you also register for the course: 4TCS Theories of Contemporart Society.
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 objective of this course is to provide the student with (1) knowledge about how the organising of different activities in both the private and the public sector is viewed and analysed from an economic sociology perspective, and (2) skills to analyse the contextual factors that influence different kinds of economic activities and rationalities, which result in differences in the relations between social groups, companies and political actors.
Teaching methods
Course materials include a balanced mix of theory and case studies. Since the class takes a global perspective on markets and money, the case studies span a wide range of geographical and cultural conditions. Theoretically, the class draws on a broad range of social sciences, and especially sociology, economics and political science. The course readings will expose students to a variety of research methods. This will contribute to the larger aims of the BSc programme, by familiarising students with the strengths and weakeness of various disciplinary perspectives and analytical strategies.
Last updated on 03-12-2013