Å - CANCELLED - Contemporary Economic Sociology

Course content

In the last decades a vibrant economic sociology has emerged and developed, which has critically analysed both latest capitalist developments and a broad range of economy-related phenomena. The course introduces the theoretical and analytical foundations of contemporary economic sociology, as a way to understand how sociologists engage with the study of complex socioeconomic issues, with focus on the dynamics of current capitalism. The course is divided in two parts:


1. Introduction to contemporary economic sociology


Part I: Contemporary Economic Sociology: theories and topics


2. Micro perspectives

3. Macro perspectives

4. Performativity and “economization” perspectives

5. Markets

6. Finance

7. Value & Valuation


Part II. A Sociology of Current Capitalism


8. Capitalism and globalization

9. Culturalization and technologization

10. Local and global inequality

11. Comparing capitalisms: European and Nordic capitalisms.

12. Critique of capitalism and alternatives.


13. Summing-up seminar

14. Final summing-up seminar


MA Theory and Themes course (MSc Curriculum 2015)

Course package (MSc 2015):

- Welfare, inequality and mobility
- Knowledge, organisation and politics

BA-Undergraduates from foreign countries (exchange students) can sign up for this course

Creditstudents must be at master level


Learning outcome

After completion students are expected to be able to:




-master the central concepts and principles of economic sociology.


-understand the main differencees, strenghts and weaknesses of the main approaches of contemporary economic sociology.


-reflect on how economic sociology can be applied to critically analyse current capitalism.




- formulate relevant themes and questions, and identify adequate theories to analyse them.


-relate theories and existing scientific knowledge to new and emerging phenomena.


-design strategies to analyse phenomena related to contemporary economies.




-review and discuss different theories.


-analyse issues and problems related to current capitalism and economic globalization.  


-structure and write an academic essays



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

7.5 ECTS: about 600 pages

Course readings are journal articles and selected book-chapters. All texts possible in electronic format will be available in Absalon, and the others in a book-compendium.


General reference sources (not obligatory):


-Beckert, Jens and Zafirovski, Milan (eds.) (2006) International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology. London: Routledge.


-“Economic Sociology. The European Electronic Newsletter” at http://econsoc.mpifg.de/archive

A basic knowledge on general, macro and micro sociology at BA level is required.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

Besides ongoing feedback in the debates and discussion, a more formalized feedback will take place in the two final seminars students; in these seminars students will present their prospects for their theoretical and the analytical essays, and will receive direct feedback.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
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.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Course Preparation
  • 68
  • Preparation
  • 5
  • Exercises
  • 105
  • English
  • 206