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240509 SE Selected Topics in Contemporary Social Theory (P2) (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


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


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The course will be digital.

Monday 15.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 22.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 12.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 03.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 17.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This graduate seminar consists of bi-weekly meetings and introduces a selected repertoire of key concepts in current debates in social sciences. The emphasis will be on developing a relational understanding of identity, market, difference, violence, crisis, and knowledge in their interactions with broader relations in society. The methods and sources we discuss are multiple and varied—from sociology and history, anthropology, political economy, environmental studies, critical race and gender studies, and geography.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the semester, students will:
1) be fluent and theoretically knowledgeable in the key concepts and issues covered in this course.
2) develop a reflexive and critical approach to these concepts through written assignments and in-class discussions over the selected literature.
3) be capable of creating relations between concepts and theories
3) have a better understanding of the investigative and creative parts of academic research and necessary practical skills such as bibliographic research, use of search tools, familiarity with library and university resources, among others.

Assessment and permitted materials

The course will be based on digital teaching. All class discussions are planned as online meetings on Moodle. Moodle will also be used to deliver readings, assignments and facilitate in-class activities.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Class participation is mandatory. Students cannot miss class without a documented medical or legal reason more than one time.
Being prepared for the class is essential and will be graded. Together with position papers and presentations, it constitutes 70% of the final grade. Students should come to class with notes and questions about the readings and participate. In addition to this, students are expected to write two position papers throughout the semester on the selected material.
For each class, a student is responsible for presenting a summary of the readings and providing a set of questions. The summary and questions should be circulated to the group one day before the meeting, 1 pm. These questions will serve as a basis for discussion.
Students will not write a final paper for this course. The format of the final project (either submitting a take-home exam or preparing an annotated bibliography) will be announced in the first meeting.

Two position papers 40%
Presentation and Participation 30%
Final Project/Take-home Exam 30%

Examination topics

Written papers, Presentations engagement in discussions

Reading list

to be announced later.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: We 21.04.2021 11:27