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230058 UE English Readings: English for Sociologists (2019S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work


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


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 07.03. 18:00 - 19:30 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Friday 29.03. 13:15 - 18:30 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Friday 12.04. 13:15 - 18:30 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Friday 24.05. 13:15 - 18:30 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Friday 28.06. 14:30 - 20:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Much of sociological literature is available only in English and most sociology conferences are held in English. Therefore, it is crucial for sociologists to be able to communicate and present their work in English. By working with different texts regarding the central issues and themes of sociology, students will be able to improve their English skills.

Note: This is not a basic English course; advanced knowledge of the English language is necessary (level B2+ or Maturaniveau)!

Main aims of this course are for students to gain an understanding of the most important sociological terms and phrases, as well as to practice and improve English vocabulary (general and specific) and language functions. There will be ample time for questions and discussions, putting an emphasis on practicing the language and gaining confidence with articulating thoughts in English.

Students will practice the discussion of sociological works in situations similar to those that they will encounter during their studies and in their future professional lives. They will read, discuss, present and write about English texts dealing with current sociological issues such as gender, migration, health & illness and research methods.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance, active participation in class (keeping up to date on the readings, asking questions and participating in discussions), two small homework assignments, as well as group work (presentation and paper).

Hinweis der SPL: bei Feststellung einer erschlichenen Teilleistung (Abschreiben, Plagiieren, Ghostwriting, etc.) muss die gesamte Lehrveranstaltung als geschummelt gewertet und als Antritt gezählt werden.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

-Reading & participation: Every article discussed in the seminar has to be read by all students. Active participation in discussions is important and will therefore influence your overall mark. (25%)
-Presentation of one article: 10-15 minutes presentation with ideas for discussion (25%)
-2 small homework assignments: 2 pages each (25%)
-Group work: joint presentation and essay about a chosen topic (25%)

Examination topics

Reading list

Literature will be available on Moodle

Association in the course directory

in 505: BA SM Sozialwissenschaftliche Lehrveranstaltung nach freier Wahl

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