SOS8530 - Social Interaction


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Course content

The course will provide an introduction and overview of key perspectives and current theories related to social interaction. Contributions from Blumer, Garfinkel, Goffman, Strauss, Collins and Rawls are central, and the understanding of how the insights from this so-called "micro sociological" tradition can be considered as generic sociological notions of community and community development will be emphasized. Theories of social interactionism will be illiminated by connecting them to contemporary social phenomena. Active student participation will bring theories and perspectives close to students own lives. The paper should be done individually, which discusses the theoretical contributions or develops an analysis of a social phenomenon with the use of relevant theories.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • be in the forefront of knowledge on theories, discussions and research about social interaction
  • have the ability to critically analyze the relevance of these theories according to understanding of community and development
  • be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge in the discipline

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • treat one of the themes which was discussed in instruction in an independent empirical analytical manner which is at a high international level

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. If few students attend the course in the first two weeks of teaching, the course will be given as an individual study course With supervision. Please contact the department for further information. Forms of assessment: Paper

Required previous knowledge

Master's degree in Sociology or equivalent

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SOS3609 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
SOS8541 5.0 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Sociology
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


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