SOS3521 - Inequalities, Welfare and Integration


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment with an adjusting oral exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment with an adjusting oral exam 100/100

Course content

The course problematizes key sociological discussions on inequalities, integration and welfare, including their inherent relationships. The lectures focuses primarily on central theoretical perspectives and theories, however also present key empirical contributions, from both the Norwegian society and the global community. The discussions are anchored in analyses of key societal challenges, such as the future of the welfare state, migration patterns, crime, poverty, labor markets and urban areas. The course combines class room discussions with students' own empirical investigations, primarily through their work with the term papers.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have understanding of key sociological perspectives on inequalities, welfare and integration.
  • have understanding of important empirical contributions to these fields of sociological study, both nationally and internationally.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • accomplish own empirical analysis of aspects of inequalities, welfare and integration in the contemporary society.
  • present their analysis, orally and in written texts.

Learning methods and activities

The course combines a variety of learning activities (lectures, seminars, presentations, excursions and other). If 6 or fewer students attend the course the two first weeeks of teaching, the course will be given as an individual study course with supervision.

Compulsory assignments

  • Innlevering av semesteroppgaveskisse, deltakelse på utvalgte seminarer, framlegg

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Individual paper with an adjusting oral exam. The oral exam covers the term paper as well as readings. The oral exam will be used to adjust the term paper's grade by a maximum of one grade. Both the term paper and the oral exam must be retaken at a repeat of the exam.

Required previous knowledge

60 credits including SOS1002 or an equivalent course in research methods. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SOS8534 10.0 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

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 an adjusting oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment with an adjusting oral exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment with an adjusting oral exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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