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230124 SE Selected Paradigms: Towards an Understanding of the Emergence and Development of the Corona Pandemic (2020W)

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



max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Update 2.11.2020: bis auf weiteres Unterricht in digitaler Form
Update 17.11.2020 (Covid 19): Umstellung auf digitale Lehre bis mindestens 20.12.2020.
Update 17.12.2020 (Covid 19): Umstellung auf digitale Lehre bis zum Semesterende

Freitag 02.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 7 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Freitag 09.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 7 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Freitag 16.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 7 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Freitag 23.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 7 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Freitag 13.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 27.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 04.12. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Freitag 11.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 18.12. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Freitag 15.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In the attempt to develop an understanding of the emergence and development of the Corona pandemic and related countermeasures (such as extreme social distancing and lockdowns), this seminar will look at the complex interdependencies between political, economic, cultural, historic, geographic... processes and factors.

We will engage in the theoretical discussion of analytical controversies such as the structure-agency-debate and the materialism-idealism debate. Much emphasis will also be on the key contribution of discourses, and ideas more generally, to the shaping of social structures and strategies in different contexts and at different spatial scales (i.e., at the local, national, and global scale). Based on our observations and experiences throughout the Corona pandemic, we will put these theoretical reflections into practice – in the hope they can provide us with a broader and deeper understanding of social phenomena as complex as the emergence and development of a pandemic.

Critical discussion of selected readings (journal articles, book chapter) and other text material (interviews, documentaries, etc.) and related theoretical concepts, definitions, etc.; group work (discussions in class and in small groups; presentation).

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

- Submission of a portfolio of accomplished tasks (e.g. reading of selected texts and journal articles and answering related questions).
- Submission of a discussion paper (3.500-5.000 words) in which you reflect upon the Corona situation with reference to one (or two) theoretical concept(s) discussed throughout the semester (including at least 5 literature resources)

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, plagiarizing 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

- Attendance in the SE (two absences are tolerated)
- Submission of the portfolio - 50% of the final grade
- Submission of the discussion paper - 50% of the final grade
Both the portfolio and the discussion paper have to be positive to complete the course.


Readings, theoretical concepts taught and discussed throughout the semester, personal notes


The theoretical literature will be in English; additional text material (interviews, press reports, etc.) may also be in German.

(Selected) Literature:

Hay, C. 2002: Beyond Structure and Agency, Context versus Conduct, Political Analysis - A Critical Introduction, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 89-134.

Hay, C. 2002: The Discursive and the Ideational in Contemporary Political Analysis: Beyond Materialism and Idealism, Political Analysis - A Critical Introduction, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 194-215.

Le Bon, G.: The Crowd: a study of the popular mind. Kindle Edition

Sayer, A. 2000: Introducing Critical Realism, Realism and Social Science, London: Sage, 1-28.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

in 505: BA T2 SE zu ausgewählten Paradigmen

Letzte Änderung: Do 17.12.2020 15:28