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GTS5 Sociology of Knowledge 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Master's Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Sociology
School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Learning outcomes

After taking this course, students will be able to understand and to use ideas and methods connected with the social construction of reality. They will be expected to achieve a critical competence in assessing the light its analysis throws on global and transnational behaviour.

General description

This course is designed to familiarise students with conceptual tools relating to the sociology of knowledge that they need for studying topics such as global and transnational sociology. The course begins by examining varied respects in which human beings have observed connections between different cultures and the ways in which their inhabitants see the world; it then traces developments in the analysis of language and meaning that have led to specific understandings of social construction in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  In later stages of the course, students will be encouraged to collect and analyse examples from their own reading and experience.

Lecture topics will include the following:

1.   Social influences on how we see the world:  The history of an idea

2.   Sociology and the sociology of knowledge

3.   The role of language: Hermeneutics and language games

4.   Schutz and the stranger; Berger and Luckmann

5.   Bourdieu and Foucault: Habitus and practices of power

6.   Frames, narratives and cultural scripts

7.   The sociology of science: Realism and relativism

8.   Social construction in practice 1: Examples and methods

9.   Social construction in practice 2: Examples and methods

10. Patterns of policy: Diffusing global constructions

Enrolment for University Studies

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Edmondson, Ricca, Teacher responsible
Leena Tervonen-Goncalves, Teacher responsible


20-Sep-2016 – 5-Oct-2016
Lectures 22 hours
Tue 20-Sep-2016 at 16-18, Pinni B3108
Wed 21-Sep-2016 at 16-18, Pinni B3108
Thu 22-Sep-2016 at 16-18, Pinni B3108
Fri 23-Sep-2016 at 16-18, Pinni B3108
Wed 28-Sep-2016 at 16-18, Pinni B3108
Thu 29-Sep-2016 at 16-18, Pinni B3108
Fri 30-Sep-2016 at 16-18, Pinni B3108
Mon 3-Oct-2016 at 16-18, Pinni B3108
Tue 4-Oct-2016 at 16-18, Pinni B3108
Wed 5-Oct-2016 at 16-18, Pinni B3108


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

Active participation + essay (2500 words)