Society and Economy – an introduction to contemporary Economic Sociology

Course content

The course serves to give an introduction to the sub-discipline of Economic Sociology and train students in analysing different types of social phenomena by means of economic sociological concepts and theories.

The course will be structured around the reading of a new book by Mark Granovetter, one of the founders of contemporary economic sociology, which has been a subfield in strong development from ca. 1980 onwards.

In 2019 Granovetter published a book – ‘Society and Economy, Framework and Principles’ – which in an exemplary fashion rehearses many of the key concepts in contemporary economic sociology. We will read the book in its entirety (ca. 200 pages) and supplement the readings with research papers that exemplifies some of the issues dealt with in the book.

In parallel with the reading of course literature, students will be expected to develop an economic sociological analysis of a case of their own choosing, applying and discussing core concepts in economic sociology.


Elective course


Course package (MSc 2015):

Knowledge, Organization and Politics

Learning outcome

On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • account for the core concepts and theories covered in the curriculum and how they relate to each other,
  • identify and discuss strengths and weaknesses in how the approaches introduced in the curriculum facilitate analysis of the interplay between societal conditions and economic activities in contemporary societies, and
  • apply the theoretical perspectives introduced in the course to present and analyse concrete empirical phenomena in contemporary societies


More specifically, the student should have acquired:

making the student able to account for the central concepts and theories from economic sociology covered in the course syllabus,

making the student able to select appropriate concepts and theories from economic sociology in order describe and analyse concrete empirical phenomena of an economic character, broadly understood, in contemporary societies, and assess the strength and weaknesses of the different approached covered in the course syllabus in relation to concrete empirical phenomena,

making the student able to convincingly present ecomomic sociological concepts, theories and analyses related to economic phenomena i an appropriate format, orally and in writing, as well as engage in a discussion of strengths and weaknesses of his or her own work related to economic phenomena, broadly understood, based on the content of the course syllabus.

The course will combine lectures, class discussions and student presentations.

The course will be organised around a reading of Mark Granovetter (2019) ‘Society and Economy – Frameworks and Principles’, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

In addition to this book a compendium of research papers will be prepared. The total currriulum will be around 600 pages. 

Participants are expected to have at least two years of undergraduate training in sociology.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

The course will entail two rounds of peer-feedback on student projects organised as trio-exchange.

The course will entail a ‘mini-conference’, where the course instructor and fellow students will provide feed-back on student presentations

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, -
Individual/group (max 4 studerende).
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.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 118
  • Exam
  • 60
  • English
  • 206