Transnational and Global Sociology (TGS)

Course content

Current sociology faces the challenge of addressing the supra-national dynamics of a complex multi-scalar reality in contemporary globalization. An increasing cross-country inter-dependency within transnational and globalizing forces requires developing a supra-national analytical strategy to be integrated within nation-state sociology. The course aims to understand and discuss the different ways of thinking and doing transnational and global sociology.

 

The course is divided in two main theoretical perspectives and analytical levels:

 

1.Introduction

 

Part I: Transnational Sociology

 

2.Current comparative sociology in contemporary "knowledge societies"; updating the interdepence problem.

3. Transnational flows and diffusion

4. Macro-Regional sociology

5.The sociology of EUrope.

6.Multiple modernities and civilizational analysis

7. Conclusions and seminar

 

Part II: Global Sociology

 

8.Complexity and Systems theory applied to global connections

9.World Systems Analysis; geophaphy, capitalism and states.

10.World Society/Polity/Culture

11.Global hegemony and global postcolonial sociology

12.Cosmopolitan sociology.

13.Conclusions and seminar

 

14. Final conclusions

Education

MA course in sociological theory (MSc Curriculum 2005)

MA Theory and Methodology (MSc Curriculum 2015)

Course package (MSc 2015):

- Welfare, inequality and mobility
- Knowledge, organisation and politics
- Culture, lifestyle and everyday life

Learning outcome

Efter completion students are expected to be able to:

 

1. Knowledge:

 

-master general knowledge about the features of transnational and global sociology

 

-understand the main differencees between the approaches to transnational and global sociology

 

-reflect critically on the strenghts and weaknesses of the approaches and perspectives covered in the course.

 

2. Skills

 

-analyse cases and phenomena following one or several examples of analytical frameworks discussed in the course.

 

-carry out an application of the theories to specific issues and themes.

 

3. Competences

 

-design an analytical strategy

 

-structure a coherent essay on a topic of the course.

 

The classes will consist of a combination of short lecturing, discussion of texts, group-work and debates, student presentations, working of examples and data, some media/visual documents, and if possible talks by guest lecturers.

For 7.5 ECTS the syllabus is about 600 pages.

 

For 10 ECTS the syllabus is about 800 pages

 

Here are some general reference books (not obligatory):

 

Axford, B. (2013) Theories of globalization. Polity

 

Arjomand, S. A. (Ed.). (2014). Social theory and regional studies in the global age. SUNY Press.

 

Goldstone, J., Zimmermann, E., & Sanderson, S. K. (2014). Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology. Brill

 

Sassen, S. (Ed.). (2013). Deciphering the global: its scales, spaces and subjects. Routledge.

 

Therborn, Göran (2010) The World: A Beginner's Guide. Polity.

 

Urry, J. (2003) Global complexities. Polity.

 

As many texts as possible (journal articles and book chapters) will be available in Absalon.

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WORKLOAD
The number of lecture hours are the same for both 7,5 and 10 ECTS courses.

10 ECTS:
Lectures: 28
Course preparation:130
Exercises: 67
Exam Preparation: 50
Total: 275

ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Portfolio
Individual or group. A portfolio assignment is defined as a series of short assignments during the course that address one or more set questions and feedback is offered during the course. All of the assignments are submitted together for assessment at the end of the course. The portfolio assignments must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Individual/group. Free written take-home essays are assignments for which students define and formulate a problem within the parameters of the course and based on an individual exam syllabus. The free written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Course Preparation
  • 68
  • Preparation
  • 20
  • Exercises
  • 30
  • Exam
  • 60
  • English
  • 206