After successful completion of this course, students can:
- Describe in their own words the major sociological theories and approaches related to a number of sociological themes (gender, education & knowledge, cities, religion and secularization, migration, globalization, the mass media, climate change, and/or families and households)
- Connect and contrast the different approaches and theories covered in the lectures, and describe their strengths and weaknesses in their own words.
- Describe the major societal tendencies for each of the covered themes in an international comparative perspective (e.g. What differences do we notice between Finland and Greece when comparing gender inequalities in the labour market?)
- Apply information on the covered themes to different sources (e.g. scientific articles, newspaper articles, newscast), and evaluate these sources from a critical sociological viewpoint.
- Reflect with a (critical) sociological viewpoint about concrete questions connected to the covered themes (e.g. How can authorities in development countries provide better housing for people living in slums? Do changes in family life such as an increase in cohabitation and divorces mean that we are closer or more distant to our families compared to fifty years ago?).
- Shortly substantiate their own answers to the questions from objective 5, based on the sociological approaches and theories covered in this course.
The final grade consists of two parts, a written exam (80%) and individual assignments (20%). The two parts can compensate, but both parts need to be done (sufficient or insufficient) in order to get a final grade.
The final grade of the second chance consists of 1 test in case no assignments have been made: a written exam. This means there is no possibility to redo the individual assignments.
This course follows ‘Introduction to Sociology’ and ‘Social Problems’. Seven out of nine possible themes will be covered: education, families and households, gender, religion and secularization, migration, cities, digital society, climate change, and/or globalization. The lectures cover the most important sociological theories and approaches as well as current societal tendencies that belong to these specific themes. In the lab sessions group discussions are organized around fragments of classical sociological work on specific themes, and students practice in critically analyzing the coverage of different themes in the media or scientific papers. Besides, students get weekly short individual assignments for each theme.