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230120 VO Sociological Theories: Overview and current Developments (2022S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
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Details

Language: German

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update 11.01.2022: die Vorlesung wird digital angeboten werden

Wednesday 02.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 09.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 16.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 23.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 30.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 06.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 27.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 04.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 11.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 18.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 25.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 01.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 08.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 15.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 22.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 29.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Objectives:
- 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

Contents:
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.

Method:
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)
Open book.

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

- Abend, Gabriel (2008): The Meaning of ‚Theory‘. In: Sociological Theory 26: 173-199.
- Boudon, Raymond (1991): What Middle-Range Theories Are. In: Contemporary Sociology 20: 519-522.
- Kuhn, Thomas (1976): Die Struktur wissenschaftlicher Revolutionen. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp (amerik. Orig. 1962).
- Merton, Robert (2007): On Sociological Theories of the Middle Range. In: Craig Calhoun (Hg.): Classical Sociological Theory, 448-459. Malden: Blackwell Publishers (Orig. 1949).
- Popper, Karl (1971): Logik der Forschung. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 4. verb. Auflage (Orig. 1934).

More 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.

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