1039 Economic Sociology
Dr. Georg Kanitsar
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
23.09.2020 bis 12.10.2020
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Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Bachelor
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Donnerstag 15.10.2020 09:30 - 12:00 TC.4.15
Donnerstag 22.10.2020 09:30 - 12:00 TC.4.15
Donnerstag 29.10.2020 09:30 - 12:00 TC.4.15
Donnerstag 05.11.2020 09:30 - 12:00 TC.4.15
Donnerstag 19.11.2020 09:30 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Donnerstag 26.11.2020 09:30 - 12:00 Online-Einheit

Ablauf der LV bei eingeschränktem Campusbetrieb

Update 03.11.2020: All our in-class meetings have been moved to MS Teams. Updated requirements for attendance will be announced in the first MS Teams session.


The course will adopt a rotation mode style. The class will be split in two groups and attendance is expected every second week (details are announced in the first constitutive session of each 'sub-group'). 

Students are required to read preparatory literature each week and write essays on selected topics. With regard to teaching methods, the course will adopt a mixture of in-class teaching, students presentations, (in-class) discussions, and self-study tasks.

There will be no final exam. Instead assessment will be based on the following components: 
-) oral presentation (40 %)
-) portfolios and essays (40 %)
-) active participation (20 %)

Inhalte der LV

The course offers an introduction into economic sociology. The objective of the course is to familiarize students with a sociological perspective on economic phenomena. More specifically, we examine differences and commonalities between sociological and economic approaches to understanding economic actions, institutions, and systems. This includes, but is not restricted, to a comparison of the prevailing models of man, the historical development, and the theoretical core concepts of both disciplines. The course is structured in two thematic blocks.

The first block focuses on micro-sociological questions. Among other things, we will discuss the meaning of concepts, like social behavior, social norms, and social capital, and explore explanations of cooperation, trust and social order. The second block deals with macro-sociological questions. As part of this block, we will analyse the institutions of modern capitalist societies, identify their cultural foundations, and elaborate on their association with different moral principles.

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

Participants will develop a basic understanding of the main sociological concepts and learn to apply them to societal and economic problems. After finish this course, students will be able to assess economic relationship from a critical sociological point of view (‘thinking sociologically’). Moreover, students are offered an opportunity to engage with specific sociological topics in more detail. With an emphasis of this course being on written work, they will develop and improve their academic writing skills.

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

Students are allowed to miss at most two out of nine sessions. More details on attendance will be discussed in the first constitutive session.


The course consists of introductory lectures, individual and group work, preparatory readings, written assignments, oral presentations, and seminar discussions.

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

assessment will be based on the following components: 
-) oral presentation (40 %)
-) portfolios and essays (40 %)
-) active participation (20 %)

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