SOS1001 - Social Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 5 hours

Course content

The students will be introduced to the sociological theories and the sociological knowledge about the society structure and how it changes. The course will give the students an introduction to how classical and modern theories can be used to understand social institutions and social unequality. The course will give the students training in analyzing a social question with the use of sociological theories and perspectives, and to present the results of the analysis in a professional way.

Learning outcome

Knowledge – the student shall:
* know the history of Sociology; how the discipline began and how it evolved and what its positions are today.
* know the most important contributions to the field (Marx, Weber, Durkheim and Parson, Habermas, Foucault, Bourdieu and Giddens).
* know the most important “newer” theoretical perspectives and directions, especially those of feminism, post-modernism and globalization theory.
* be able to categorize sociological perspectives and theories.
* know the characteristics of Norwegian sociology.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability:
* to situate sociological works within a historical context of the field and within a perspective.
* to summarize the central theoretical contributions in the field in both a written and oral manner.
* apply various sociological perspectives in one’s own analyses of the structure and changes in today’s society.
* show the ability for critical reflection about the sociological theories of the structure and changes in today’s society.

Learning methods and activities

4 hours of lectures every week throughout the semester according to the lecture plan. Seminars two hours per week. The organization of the exercises will be presented at the beginning of the semester. The compulsory activity can only be completed in the spring semester. Forms of assessment: A 5 hour written exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved term paper and participation on relevant seminars.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

To be given at the start of the course

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVSOS106 15.0


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 2012-12-13 09:00 D139
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 2013-05-22 09:00 Datasal 10349 , D7 , D134 , D130 , D12 , D13 , D14 , D133 , D123
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.