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230044 SE Reading Seminar: Theories of Financialisation (2020W)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung



max. 35 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Update 2020-11-02: In order to comply with COVID-19 safety measures, the teaching for this course is adapted (digital mode)

This seminar will take place in person. Should the number of registered students exceed the maximum number allowed in the seminar room(20), the class will be divided into two groups.

Given the ongoing situation regarding the covid-19 pandemic, please remain up-to-date with any announcements made by the lecturer regarding possible changes to teaching delivery. These will be communicated via email and the learning platform Moodle.

Donnerstag 08.10. 12:00 - 14:15 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Donnerstag 22.10. 12:00 - 14:15 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Donnerstag 05.11. 12:00 - 14:15 Digital
Donnerstag 19.11. 12:00 - 14:15 Digital
Donnerstag 03.12. 12:00 - 14:15 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

What does it mean to study the world of finance from a sociological perspective? How might the calculative logics of stocks and shares, investments and returns influence contemporary social life beyond their immediate context? This reading seminar provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop an in-depth understanding of theories of financialisation. Students will study the political economy of finance and the role of financial markets in today’s global economy. The seminar introduces the main sociological approaches to the study of financialisation in an historical context, placing contemporary phenomena within a more long-term perspective. Topics covered include theories and perspectives on financialisation, financialised subjectivities and the ‘investee self’, financial crises and their effects, debt and households, gender and micro-finance, finance’s social turn and impact investment, financialised capitalism and its critics.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

- Regular attendance (compulsory) and active participation (including group work) (20%)
- Oral presentation during seminar session (20%)
- Regular short written assignments addressing the readings and the content of seminar discussions (60%)

Important Grading Information:
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme must be met.
If a required task is not fulfilled, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness).
In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading.
Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.
If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarising parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as ‘not assessed’ and will be entered into the electronic exam record as ‘fraudulently obtained’.
The plagiarism-detection service (Turnitin in Moodle) can be used in course of the grading: Details will be announced by the lecturer.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

To fulfill the requirements of this Reading Seminar, you will be expected to:
- Regularly attend (compulsory)
- Read the required reading for each seminar and actively participate; be prepared to actively engage in group discussions on the theories, concepts, themes and perspectives raised in the readings and to convey your interpretations and perspectives on the readings to the group in short presentations where required.
- Complete short written assignments for each session.

Further to this, it is recommended that you read widely, using the Further Reading list provided at the beginning of the Reading Seminar as a basis to do so.

Criteria for the evaluation of written work:
1. Relevance to the readings and topics discussed in the seminar
2. Logical development and illustration of an argument and/or answer to a specific question
3. Clear structure and appropriate presentation (introduction, main part and conclusion; clear paragraphing, correct grammar and syntax)
4. Reference to wider academic literature and correct academic citation (Harvard or Chicago style) and inclusion of full bibliography

The criteria for the evaluation of oral work follow the same criteria with the addition that oral presentations must demonstrate an engagement with how to convey complex information to (small) audiences.


Topics covered in the Reading Seminar; required and further readings


The final reading list will include two individual journal articles and/or book chapters as required reading for each session; the full list will be provided at the start of the seminar.

Indicative reading list:

Arrighi, Giovanni (1994): The Long Twentieth Century, London/New York: Verso.

Fisher, Melissa (2012): Women of Wall Street, Durham NC: Duke University Press.

Graeber, David (2015): Debt - The First 5000 Years, NYC, NY: Melville House.

Lazzarato, Maurizio (2015): Governing by Debt, South Pasadena, CA: Semiotext(e).

Martin, R. (2002): Financialization of Daily Life, Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Mazzucato, M. (2018): The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy, London: Penguin.

Tooze, A. (2018): Crashed: How A Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, London: Allen Lane.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Do 05.11.2020 11:29