|Introduction to Analytical Sociology, 7,5 ECTS Credits|
|AIM OF THE COURSE|
|After completing the course the student should at an advanced level be able to
- describe and critically examine key works within analytical sociology
- describe the distinctive features of mechanism-based explanations
- understand why it is important that social science explanations systematically link micro actions and macro dynamics to each other, and be familiar with various ways of doing this
- use the theoretical and methodological tools of analytical sociology to explain important social, political, economic, and cultural processes by carefully dissecting the processes and identifying the mechanisms that are likely to have been at work
|The course begins with an introduction to the basic principles of analytical sociology.
The course examines different types of action theories and various problems that arise when seeking to link micro-level behavior with macro-level outcomes. The course covers in detail how computer-based simulations in combination with different historical, qualitative, and quantitative data may help to improve our understanding of the driving forces behind important social processes.
|The course is organized around lectures, computer laboratory work, class discussions, and supervised independent work. In addition, students should do independent reading on their own. Language of instruction: English or Swedish|
|The examination consists of individual assignments and a final project, to be determined by the teacher of the course.Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.
Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice 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.
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree/kandidatexamen of at least 180 ECTS credits, including a 15 ECTS credit degree paper, or equivalent, within humanities, behavioral or social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, statistics, economics, or computer science.
Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6.
|The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F|
|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.