SOS3001 - Sociological Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment with oral adjustment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment with oral adjustment 100/100

Course content

This course offers insight into the main strands of sociological theory. The written paper will be an independent analysis of 1) one or several theorists, theories or perspectives from the course, 2) a critical discussion of a simultaneous phenomenon/ case/ event in light of sociological theories/ perspectives, or 3) issues on professional history.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have knowledge about the scholarly tradition of the discipline, including its relationship to social historical contexts.
  • have thorough knowledge of classical and contemporary sociological theories and perspectives.
  • have knowledge of key contemporary academic discussions within sociology.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • recognize different theoretical positions in academic texts, and understand the implications of these.
  • summarize, analyze and criticize sociological theories and perspectives.
  • present sociological theories and perspectives.
  • develop their own theoretical analyzes.
  • guide students/ peers work with theoretical questions.

Learning methods and activities

Seminars and lectures (6 hours per week).

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation in group work, seminars, presentation, fellow student responses and field trips

Further on evaluation

Forms of assessment: Individual written paper and oral exam. The oral exam includes both the paper and the syllabus. The oral exam may be used to adjust the grade by one unit on the scale. Both the paper and the oral exam must be retaken when repeating the exam.

Required previous knowledge

45 credits in sociology including SOS1002 or equivalent. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVSOS310 15.0
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment with oral adjustment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment with oral adjustment 100/100





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Spring ORD Assignment with oral adjustment 100/100





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