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2020/2021  BA-BSOCO1842U  Advanced Economic Sociology

English Title
Advanced Economic Sociology

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
Course coordinator
  • Eleni Tsingou - Department of Organization (IOA)
  • Lasse Folke Henriksen - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Sociology
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 08-12-2020

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Learning objectives
On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
  • demonstrate understanding for and apply approaches of economic sociology to examine the relations between markets, organisations and networks;
  • identify challenges and solutions informed by economic sociology as they relate to the activities of organisations (public, private or hybrid);
  • demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast competing theoretical approaches and to discuss their strengths and limitations;
  • design and structure a research project using perspectives from the AES curriculum and present the material in a manner that meets the standards of academic writing.
2nd Year Project in Economic Sociology:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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 oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 4-5
Size of written product Max. 30 pages
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

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 market interactions and economic actions, which result in differences in the relations between social groups, companies and political actors.

Description of the teaching methods
This is a face-to-face course based on specific materials which include a balanced mix of theory and case studies. Course materials consist primarily of readings but also, where relevant, podcast and video materials. Since the course takes a global perspective on markets, money, and their effects on society, the case studies span a wide range of geographical and cultural conditions. Theoretically, the course draws on a broad range of social sciences, from sociology but also economics, political science and anthropology. The course readings expose students to a variety of research methods. This contributes to the larger aims of the BSc programme, by familiarising students with the strengths and weaknesses of various disciplinary perspectives and analytical strategies.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course offers several feedback opportunities:
(i) lectures provide dedicated time for questions and answers on the course material, readings, and cases discussed in class;
(ii) a writing exercise follows session 6, with students encouraged to produce a 1-page document discussing a case through the use of concepts covered in the course thus far. Following submission, students can get oral feedback during office hours, by appointment;
(iii) there is a dedicated workshop to discuss how the course relates to the second year project (based on early student work);
(iv) students are also encouraged to take full advantage of staff office hours (including the joint office hours) and contribute to the mid-term evaluation.

In addition to the above, students receive dedicated supervision in preparation of their second year project.
Student workload
Lectures 36 hours
Preparation 170 hours
Last updated on 08-12-2020