Critical theory and the social sciences
This course has its base in the cross-disciplinary research
centre Centre for Anthropological, Political and Social
Theory (CAPS) at the faculty of the social sciences,
University of Copenhagen.
The general topic of the course is the meaning and role of critique in the social sciences. The course will focus on different theoretical conceptions of critique and the application of critique in different fields of research across the social sciences.
The course is a cross-disciplinary course and aims to attract
students from Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science
BSc in Anthropology
MSc in Anthropology
MSc in Political Science
MSc in Social Data Science
MSc in Global Development
MSc in Psychology
MSc in Sociology, course package:
Welfare, inequality and mobility
Knowledge, organisation and politics
Culture, lifestyle and everyday life
Enrolled students register the course through the Selfservice. Please contact the study administration at each programme for questions regarding registration.
The student must in a first step be able to understand what distinguishes different conceptions of critique and the role critique plays in different conceptions of social science. In the next step the student must be able to relate these conceptions to different ways of conducting critique in different interdisciplinary research fields and compare and critically discuss these ways.
The course provides students with the practical skill of criticizing social problems or pathologies and to use this skill in research across disciplines in investigations of the social world.
To plan an perform research and investigations of different aspects of the social world in which critique plays a crucial role. The student will be able to choose and apply the right way of criticizing in different kinds of interdisciplinary research.
There will be a combination of lectures and discussions
A combination of articles, chapters in edited volumes and 2-3 books.
Through discussions in class
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written assignment, -
- Type of assessment details
- 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.”
For groups writing together it must be clearly indicated which parts of the assignment each of the students has written.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
Please see the learning outcome.
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
Bachelor choiceFull Degree MasterFull Degree Master choice
- Vejl. 46 personer
- Department of Anthropology, Study Council
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Political Science
- Social Data Science
- Department of Sociology
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Mikael Carleheden
- Lars Tønder
- Mark Friis Hau
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