Syllabus for Current Sociological Debates

Aktuella sociologiska diskussioner


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2SC134
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sociology A1N, Social Psychology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-03-09
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2017-11-29
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 01, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree of 180 credits including 90 credits in social sciences. All applicants need to verify English language proficiency equivalent to the general entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor's level) studies.
  • Responsible department: Department of Sociology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given as a course within the master program of social science. The course is given in English.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to introduce a current research field in contemporary sociological research. During the course, the student develops an advanced understanding of and ability to formulate and analyse social phenomena based on knowledge in the current field. The student will also develop the ability to critically reflect over the different approaches the course presents to sociological theory and method more generally.
Each student completing the course should:

  • be able to define central concepts in the current research field
  • be able to account for central theoretical discussions in the research field
  • be able to identify central methodological discussions in the research field
  • be able to describe important empirical findings in the research field
  • be able to independently analyse, compare and synthesize different theoretical perspectives in the research field
  • be able to independently search, evaluate, process and present information within the research field
  • be able to evaluate and critically relate to different theoretical perspectives in the research field
  • be able to evaluate and critically relate to different methodological questions in the research field 


The course covers theoretical and methodological discussions in a current sociological research field as well as important empirical research findings within the same domain. More detailed information about the course can be obtained from the Department of Sociology before the application period opens.


The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and/or practical exercises as well as written assignments. Participation in seminars and practical exercises is compulsory. Written supplementary completion of absence from these components is only possible to a smaller extent. 


The course is assessed through written assignments and seminars. If the deadline is missed the student is referred to reexamination. Make-up assignments might be given, but only at one occasion, and should be resubmitted no later than 14 days from the day the original assessment were given to the student. Grades are put in accordance with the scale Fail (U), Pass (G) and Pass with distinction (VG). If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2019

Course literature is chosen after consultation with the course coordinator.