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Sociology 4, second cycle , 30 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Fristående kurs
SUBJECT AREA   Sociology
  COURSE CODE   731A03
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- account for and critically review dominating trends in the sociological theorising of the contemporary period
- take a critical approach to social changes from current sociological theorising.
- carry out an extensive description of method problems and method solutions with specific relevance for the student's chosen thesis work.
- based on a chosen problem area, carry out a study where sociological theory and empirical data are used in an independent way and where personal reflection is in focus.
Current Theoretical Discourse in Sociology, 7.5 HE credits (Aktuell teoridiskussion)
This module covers current specialisations in contemporary sociological theory. The students should independently relate these to one another and to empirical research results. The module gives an opportunity for deeper theoretical problematising of a field of research and theory that is relevant to the thesis work.

Advanced Research Methods, 7.5 HE credits (Sociologisk metod)
The students should deepen their methodological knowledge within a field of relevance for their own thesis work. The choice of method is analysed from a science theory perspective, with an emphasis on the role that methods have in the research process. In this course, method problems and proposals for solutions are presented with examples from contemporary sociological research.

Thesis, 15 HE credits (Uppsats)
In the main part of the course, the students carry out a study, based on a chosen problem area, where sociological theory and empirical data are used in an independent way. The personal critical reflection is in focus. The essay should satisfy the theoretical, methodological and disposition requirements that are set for second-cycle studies.
The teaching takes the form of lectures, supervision, independent group work on both assigned and individually formulated discussion issues that result in written bases that are presented for joint discussion at the compulsory seminars. The students should also independently collect data or with a critical approach use secondary data and complete a written assignment based on this data, relevant sociological literature and current research reports.
The course is examined through active participation in the compulsory seminars, and presentation and discussion of essays that should demonstrate the theory and method knowledge acquired in the course. The essay is presented and defended at a seminar and the student should publicly discuss other essay and participate actively at least two additional essay seminars. Detailed information can be found in the study guide.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Passing grade in Sociology, basic course (30 HE credits), and Sociology, continuation course (30 HE credits) and completed Sociology, in-depth course (30 HE credits) with at least 22.5 HE credits approved, in which an essay comprising 15 HE credits (or the equivalent) should be included. In addition to the above, documented knowledge in Swedish and English is required, equivalent to the general entry requirements for first-cycle studies.
A grade of Pass with Credit, Pass or Fail is given for the course
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Sociology 4, second cycle
Sociologi 4, avancerad nivå
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
IBL - Department of Behavioural Science and Learning
Registrar No: 2010-00180   Course Code: 731A03      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Sociology - SO1          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
D   Advanced level     SO1   SA  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2011-01-21