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230120 VO Sociological Theories: Overview and current Developments (2021W)

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

Datenstand April 2021: wenn die Bedingungen es erlauben, wird die Vorlesung mittwochs wöchentlich in Hörsaal 16, Hauptgebäude von 16:45 bis 18:15 angeboten werden. Sind die Umstände im Zusammenhang mit Covid 19 noch immer schwierig, erfolgt digitaler Unterricht.

Update Juli 2021: Die Universitätsleitung hat für Ende August Informationen zu den Hörsaalkapazitäten angekündigt. Die Entscheidung über die Durchführungsform erfolgt deshalb ca. Ende August/Anfang September 2021.

Update 31.08.2021: die Vorlesung wird zur Gänze digital angeboten

  • Wednesday 13.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Wednesday 20.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Wednesday 27.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Wednesday 03.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Wednesday 10.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Wednesday 17.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Wednesday 24.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Wednesday 01.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Wednesday 15.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Wednesday 12.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Wednesday 19.01. 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: Fr 12.05.2023 00:20