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Contemporary sociological theory

Course Code :1300PSWHST
Study domain:Sociology
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:2nd semester
Sequentiality:Classical or Contemporary Sociological Theory can only be followed if a credit for Sociology has been obtained.
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Gert Verschraegen

3. Course contents *

This course provides an introduction to some of the main authors and debates within contemporary sociological theory. It does not attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of the discipline; such an overview would require a year long course.

Instead, the course focuses selectively on a few key authors and issues. It devotes special attention to how contemporary social theories have reflected on key societal transformations such globalisation, post-colonialism, technification, etc.

The following theoretical approaches will be examined:

- interaction theory (E. Goffman, R. Collins, H. Garfinkel) and rational choice theory (J. Coleman)

- contemporary systems theory (N. Luhmann)

- the legagy of critical theory (Foucault, Bourdieu, post-Marxism)

- contemporary theories of modernity and post-modernity