Critical theory: Capitalism, Democracy and Inter-Sectionality

Course content

The general topic of the course is the meaning and role of social criticism in the social sciences. The course will in a first step address different theoretical conceptions of critique. In a second step, it will apply those conceptions of critique in three fields of research; critique of capitalism, critique of democracy and intersectionality. The concept of intersectionality addresses different forms of subordination and their interconnections. The course will focus on class, race/ethnicity, gender and sexuality.


Please note: If you prior have signed up for the course:

* ASOA16295U Critical theory: Capitalism, Democracy and Inter-Sectionality

You cannot follow this course as they are overlapping in topics.


This course is also offered to full-degree students enrolled at the Faculty of Social Science, UCPH

Master Programme in Social Data Science

Master programme in Global Development

Master programme in Political Science

Bachelor and Master Programmes in Psychology

Bachelor and Master Programmes in Anthropology


The course is open to:

  • Exchange and Guest students from abroad
  • Credit students from Danish Universities
Learning outcome

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


  • account for the distinction of different conceptions of critique and the role critique plays in social science.
  • relate these conceptions to different ways of conducting critique in different research fields


  • compare and critically discuss these ways.
  • criticize social problems or injustices
  • apply this skill in investigations of the social world.



  • plan and perform research and investigations of different aspects of the social world in which critique plays a crucial role.
  • choose and apply forms of social criticism in a scientific correct way in different kinds of research.

Lectures, discussions, presentation and discussion of essay ideas, questions and answers.

The teacher uploads the full curriculum to Absalon

A basic course in social theory is advantageous


One hour of each session will be devoted to the discussions of questions on the readings uploaded in advance on absalon

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
The students are required to formulate their own exam questions based on pre-defined guidelines provided by the teacher. Students will receive the exam guidelines for formulating exam questions during the ongoing semester. The teacher is required to provide at least two exemplary exam questions that adhere to the guidelines.

The exam can be written individually or in groups of max. 4 students.
Length of the exam is 10 pages + 5 pages pr. extra group member.

Policy on the Use of Generative AI Software and Large Language Models in Exams

The Department of Sociology prohibits the use of generative AI software and large language models (AI/LLMs), such as ChatGPT, for generating novel and creative content in written exams. However, students may use AI/LLMs to enhance the presentation of their own original work, such as text editing, argument validation, or improving statistical programming code. Students must disclose if and how AI/LLMs have been used in an appendix, which will not count toward the page limit of the exam. This policy is in place to ensure that students’ written exams accurately reflect their own knowledge and understanding of the material.



Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Students have to write a new essay using the guidelines provided by the teacher.


This is an elective course. We can only guarantee that the exam can be taken during the 3 immediate exam periods after the course has ended.

Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • English
  • 28


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

1 semester

Department of Sociology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Political Science
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Mikael Carleheden   (2-504643767266316e7831676e)

Office: CSS 16.1.43
Phone: +45 353-23286

Saved on the 16-05-2024

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