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New theories and perspectives on political and social institutions


Political and Social Institutions

7.5 hp

This Master’s level course provides an overview of new theories and perspectives on political and social institutions, which are then applied to selected case studies. Great emphasis is placed on critically examining the various theories and linking them to empirical issues.

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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 about research in this subject
The critical examination of theories and perspectives in political and social institutions On this course, you will learn to summarise and analyse relevant literature and to discern and present the most important theoretical perspectives in the subfield of political and social institutions. These theories and perspectives are then applied to selected case studies. Great emphasis is put on the critical examination of the various theories and linking them to empirical issues. Course design The course consists of lectures and seminars and is assessed through a written assignment, oral presentations and your participation in the seminars.
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.