SOS8536 - Theorizing and Theoretical Strategies in Social Research


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oppgave 100/100

Course content

The narrative of theory in sociology/social research tends to retell the tale of major theorists or theories in a static way; treating theories as fixed worldviews and static icons. The aim of the course is an alternative approach where we explore the dynamic and generative potential of the sociological heritage and exemplify how theoretical and conceptual constructions may be actively used in different types of research. The course will elaborate on concrete examples of theoretical and conceptual construction-work. The course will provide an opportunity to problematize and elaborate on theoretical and conceptual issues related to the participant’s own research.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall: discus theoretical/methodological themes presented/discussed during the course
Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to: -treat one of the themes which was discussed in instruction in an independent empirical analytical manner at an internationally high level.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. Form of assessment: Paper

Required previous knowledge

Masters degree in Sociology or equivalent

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2019

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oppgave 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oppgave 100/100
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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