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Cursus: 200300009
200300009
Models for the analysis of social interaction
Cursus informatieRooster
Cursuscode200300009
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau2 (Bachelor Verdiepend)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Sociale Wetenschappen; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Sociologie;
ContactpersoonSecretariaat Sociologie
Telefoon030-2532101
E-mailsociologie.fss@uu.nl
Docenten
Docent
prof. dr. ir. V.W. Buskens
Overige cursussen docent
Blok
1-2  (02-09-2013 t/m 24-01-2014)
Aanvangsblok
1
TimeslotB: DI-ochtend, DO-middag, DO-namiddag
Onderwijsvorm
Voltijd
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 19-08-2013 t/m 20-08-2013
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
VoorinschrijvingNee
WachtlijstNee
Plaatsingsprocedureniet van toepassing
Cursusdoelen
At the end of the course, the student has built up elementary expertise in:
  • Using sociological theories for generating tentative answers to explanatory problems;
  • Providing reconstructions of theoretical sketches in the form of explanatory theories and models;
  • Deriving testable hypotheses from explanatory theories;
  • Using explanatory theories and results of empirical research for developing policy recommendations;
  • Critically comparing and evaluating sociological theories.
Inhoud
Leerdoel This is an intermediate undergraduate level course on theory formation and model building in sociology. Thus the course focuses on the `Theory' , in the `Problems-Theory-Empirical research-Policy implications'-sequence that characterizes the various steps in analytical social science. The focus is on the common `logic' underlying different, sometimes competing but also often complementary sociological approaches. Likewise, the course focuses on common as well as complementary features of theory formation and model building in sociology and other social science disciplines.

We discuss the core steps involved in theory formation and model building: the formulation of problems (societal problems as well as sociological problems), (re)construction of theories, derivation of testable hypotheses from general theories, and generating policy recommendations using sociological theories as well as results of empirical research. A focus on carefully designed arguments is a characteristic feature of the course: what assumptions do we need in order to derive certain implications? What implications follow from a certain set of assumptions? This includes making assumptions explicit which often remain implicit in theoretical reasoning.

Another feature of the course is that we carefully reconstruct the links between propositions on the micro-level of individual behavior and propositions on the macro-level of social phenomena and processes. The course stresses the relations between theory formation and empirical research as well as the role of theory and empirical research in the design of policy recommendations.

The course proceeds from examples of sociological analyses. Each example is related to one of the main problems of sociology as a discipline: problems of order and cooperation (sometimes referred to as the problem of cohesion), problems of social inequality, and problems of social change.

NB: the course is taught in English.

Academic skills
  • Concise formulation of different types of problems (such descriptive problems, explanatory problems, policy implementation problems)
  • Analyzing societal problems using social science theory and results of empirical research
  • Reconstructing explanatory theories
  • Deriving testable hypotheses
  • Deriving conclusions based on results of empirical research
  • Concise reporting

Assumed knowledge
  • The course builds upon the earlier BA1-course 'Problems and Theories of the Sociology (Hoofdvragen en theorie├źn van de sociologie; 200300007)'. Expertise on the level of this BA-1 course or an equivalent introduction to sociological theory is required
  • Sound knowledge of the English language.

Knowledge can be gained

Students who did not follow 'Problems and Theories of the Sociology; 200300007' are expected to have knowledge of sociological theory on the level of a textbook such as: - Ultee, W.C., W. Arts & H.D. Flap (2003) Sociologie - Vragen, Uitspraken, Bevindingen, 3 ed. Groningen: Martinus Nijhoff. - Meulemann, H. (2001) Soziologie von Anfang an. Eine Einfuhrung in Themen, Ergebnisse und Literatur, Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher. - Macionis (2008) Sociology, 12e ed. New York, NY Pearson Prentice Hall.
Ingangseisen
Voorkennis
The course builds upon the earlier BA1-course ' Introduction to Sociology (Inleiding Sociologie; 200300007)'. Expertise on the level of this BA-1 course or an equivalent introduction to sociological theory is required.
Sound knowledge of the English language.
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
Students who did not follow 'Introduction to Sociology; 200300007' are expected to have knowledge of sociological theory at textbook-level such as:
- Ultee, W.C., W. Arts & H.D. Flap (2003) Sociologie - Vragen, Uitspraken, Bevindingen, 3 ed. Groningen: Martinus Nijhoff.
- Meulemann, H. (2001) Soziologie von Anfang an. Eine Einfuhrung in Themen, Ergebnisse und Literatur, Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher.
- Macionis (2008) Sociology, 12e ed. New York, NY Pearson Prentice Hall.
Verplicht materiaal
Boek
Selections from: Hedström, P. (2005). Dissecting the Social. On the Principles of Analytical Sociology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Syllabus
Syllabus with detailed information on the course, including a list of the required and optional readings, reading guides, questions for self-study, slides used during the lectures, and newspaper clippings.
Werkvormen (aanwezigheidsplicht)
Hoorcollege (Verplicht)

Instructie college (Verplicht)

Inzage (Verplicht)

Practicum (Verplicht)

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Eindresultaat
Weging100
Minimum cijfer5,5

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