Contemporary Economic Sociology: Frameworks and Applications

Course content

The course serves to introduce participants to the sub-discipline of Economic Sociology and discuss how this field is related both to other branches of sociology and to economics. The course will introduce to core concepts and approaches in contemporary economic sociology, in particular to sociological perspectives on markets, money and the social embeddedness of these phenomena. The course also aims to train students in analysing different types of social and economic phenomena by means of economic sociological concepts and theories.

The course is structured around the reading of Mark Granovetter’s 2017 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 and/or supplements with additional concepts and perspectives in economic sociology.

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.


MA elective course


From Spring 2023 the course is also offered to students at:

- Master Programmes in Global Development

- Master Programme in Social Data Science

- Master Programmes in Anthropology

- Master Programmes in Economics

Enrolled students can register the course directly through the Selfservice a KUnet without a preapproval.
Please contact the study administration at each programme for questions regarding registration.

Course package:

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

Learning outcome

On successful completion of the course, the student is able to:



  • account for central concepts and theories from economic sociology covered in the course syllabus 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
  • assess the strength and weaknesses of the different approached covered in the course syllabus in relation to concrete empirical phenomena
  • select appropriate concepts and theories from economic sociology in order describe and analyse concrete empirical phenomena of an economic character, broadly understood



  • apply the theoretical perspectives to analyse concrete empirical phenomena of an economic nature - broadly understood -  in contemporary society
  • convincingly present economic sociological concepts, theories and analyses related to economic phenomena in an appropriate format, orally and in writing
  • Critically discuss strengths and weaknesses of  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

This is a masters level course and participants are expected to have a BSc/BA degree in sociology or a neighbouring discipline

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

The course will entail three 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 discuss student presentations.

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. 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

Please see the learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 138
  • Exam Preparation
  • 40
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

See timetable.
Department of Sociology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Social Data Science
  • Department of Economics
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Janus Porsild Hansen   (2-6d6b43767266316e7831676e)

Janus Hansen, e-mail:

Saved on the 27-01-2023

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