On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- outline the main sociological concepts, theories, research and debates of the social structure of western societies in general and with respect to three important elements (social class, family and ethnicity) in particular;
- describe and explain the impact of national institutions, history and traditions, and overarching trends such as modernization and globalization on the three elements of social structure using a micro-macro perspective;
- present a concise overview of important theories, concepts and research on a self-selected social issue related to social clas (stratification), family and/or ethnicity (migration) which is currently important in public debate;
- combine these insights in a policy brief focusing on one or two countries and deducting societal implications and recommendations for policy and/or future research.
The first part ends with a mid-term exam (40% of final grade). The second part of the course involves group and individual work by students on a topic of choice. Students prepare a briefing (presentation) on a social structure issue (20% of final grade) and write a policy brief (40% of final grade).
The course consists of two parts. In the first part, seven seminars are given to present and discuss a state-of-the-art overview of the relevant literature (theories, concepts, research and debates) on the social structure of western societies in general and on three important elements: social class (stratification), family, and ethnicity (migration)
Type of instructions
seminars and consults
Type of exams
mid-term exam, presentation and paper
- A readinglist will be given at the start of the course.