SOS2000 - Theories and Models in Sociology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 1 days

Course content

This course examines the relationship between different research designs, theories and models in sociological research. The course emphasizes how sociological theory is used and developed in practical research. Furthermore, it provides insight into how different sociological paradigms have different approaches to the relationship between theory and empiricism. An important aim of the course is to train the students in reflexivity, disciplined creativity and the ability to assess research quality in the face of specific research programs.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • recognize different uses of theories, models and research designs in sociology.
  • be able to account for how different sociological research and theory traditions handle the relationship between theory and empiricism, and how this in turn is related to the use of specific research methods.

Skills - the students shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • learn to reflect on the sociological relevance of research problems.
  • learn to assess the relationship between theory and data in empirical research, and where the research can be placed within different sociological traditions.
  • acquire a grip for theorizing.

Learning methods and activities

Intensive lectures/ seminars equivalent to 4 hours per week the first half of the semester. The compulsory activities can only be completed in the spring semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatoriske aktiviteter oppgis ved semesterstart

Further on evaluation

Assessment: Home exam, 2 days.

Required previous knowledge

SOS1000 and SOS1002, or SOS1001 and SOS1002, or the equivalent. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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