Universität Wien FIND

230040 VO Sociological Theories: Overview and current Developments (2021S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update 24.03.2021 (Covid19): digitale Lehre bis zum Semesterende

Datenstand Dez. 2020: Die Vorlesung ist digital geplant. Bei Lockerung der Einschränkungen (Covid19) findet die Vorlesung zu den angegebenen Terminen in Hörsaal 16 (Hauptgebäude) statt.

Wednesday 03.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 10.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 12.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 19.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 26.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 02.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 09.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 16.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

- Understanding the benefits and necessity of theory
- Getting to know important theoretical approaches
- Reflection on the relationship between theory and empirical work
- Links to current societal debates

On the basis of historical and current theoretical contributions, influential styles of thought and concepts in sociology are introduced. The focus is on the question of why sociology actually needs theory(s) and what a theoretically informed sociology can achieve for its society.

Presentation of influential theories by means of lectures. The detailed lecture programme will be presented in the first lecture unit and will be accessible via the Moodle learning platform.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam (multiple choice)
No aids are allowed.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

For a positive assessment, 50 percent of the total number of points is required.

Grade 1: 87.5 to 100 percent
Grade 2: 75 to 87.4 percent
Grade 3: 62.5 to 74.9 percent
Grade 4: 50 to 62.4 percent
Grade 5: below 50 per cent

Note from the SPL: A fraudulent performance (cheating) is shown as such on the collective certificate and counts as an examination pass.

Examination topics

The examination material includes all units of the lecture. To support learning, the slides and the list of original texts are made available on the Moodle learning platform.

Reading list

Details of the literature on which the lecture is based will be presented in the first lecture unit and posted on the Moodle learning platform.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Th 23.03.2023 00:22