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Social stratification in the light of contemporary research


Intersectional Analysis: Identities, Ethnicity, Gender, Class and Sexuality

7.5 hp

The course examines current research into some of the fundamental categories of social stratification in sociology and the social sciences, including ethnicity, gender and class. You will also look at how they have been reformulated and implemented in new fields by using concepts such as intersectionality, sexuality and identities.

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Useful knowledge for every area of society Sociology is a valuable subject to study if you are interested in societal issues such as social and economic inequality, segregation or socially sustainable societal development. Sociologists work in many different industries and in many different professions. Studying Sociology allows you to develop further, as a trend analyst or external monitor, or to conduct investigations and opinion polls, or to be a teacher, HR manager or journalist. Studies in Sociology provide a broad orientation in Swedish society and insight into processes and structures in numerous areas of society. In other words, Sociology is useful in many fields and is provides a good all-round education. Read more about research in this subject
Critical reflection on ethics and social processes This Master’s level course investigates classical sociological themes of class and gender in the light of contemporary research. You will survey and analyse social stratification, as well as describing and problematising current social processes and their impact on living conditions, becoming acquainted with theoretical and methodological traditions in intersectional analysis. You will be expected to demonstrate awareness of the inherent possibilities and limitations of theory and research, and to critically reflect on research’s ethical aspects and problems. This course thus prepares you for working with social sustainability, antidiscrimination and issues of justice or gender mainstreaming at workplaces such as municipalities, public agencies, businesses and international NGOs. As gender mainstreaming, equality and antidiscrimination are becoming increasingly common aspects of working life, this course is extremely relevant to the labour market. The course is taught through lectures, seminars and a guest lecture from Gender Studies. You are expected to be prepared to discuss the literature at the seminars, and examination is in the form of a written essay in which you apply intersectional analysis.
Societal change starts with knowledge If you are interested in societal issues, then Sociology is the subject for you. As a science, Sociology covers all aspects of society. Sociology tries to explain social processes and the consequences of people’s actions and relationships. When studying Sociology, you will learn to reflect critically on various societal phenomena and to see the links between them. Politics and economics, the labour market and working life, ideology and religion are examples of a few complex subjects that are discussed. Studying Sociology equips you with knowledge about societal analysis and you practice making your own investigations into various aspects of society. For example, you conduct surveys, learn interview techniques and analyse data using statistical methods. Sociology also has an important and creative research environment with several research centres affiliated to the subject. Important areas of research include issues of society’s political and social organisation, and social sustainability in areas of socioeconomic deprivation, amongst other things. All researchers work close to education, so you will find out about new and interesting research in the subject during your studies. Sociology can be studied on freestanding courses, but can also be chosen as a main field of study for several programmes. It is also possible to continue studying after your Bachelor’s degree and get a Master’s or a doctorate in Sociology at the university.