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Courses related to BIDS
Presentation spring 2014
Introduction
 The Department of Sociology has created four (4)
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courses that suit the interest of BIDS-students
Reflect the research tradition in the department
Focus: migration, social policy, sustainable
development, and development sociology
Together, the courses cover a whole academic year
They are also open to other students
Lectures, seminars and take-home exams
Courses 2014-2015
 The fall semester offers two courses:
 SOCB27: Sociology: International Migration &
Development, 15 credits (half-speed)
 SOCB28: Sociology: Development and Social
Welfare Policies, 15 credits (half-speed)
 The courses run in parallel (amount to a full-time
course)
Courses 2014-2015
 The spring semester offers two courses:
 SOC B29: Sociology: Managing Sustainability, 15
credits (half-speed)
 SOC B26: Sociology: The Sociology of Human
Development, 15 credits (half-speed)
 The courses run in parallel (amount to a full-time
course)
SOCB27: Sociology: International
Migration & Development
 Introduction to international migration: background,
basic concepts and theories
 The politics of migration in developed countries, e.g.
labor, regulations, policies
 The impact of migration in developing countries, e.g.
the issue of brain drain, brain gain, brain circulation
SOCB27: Sociology: International
Migration & Development
 Migration, governance and international development,
e.g. remittances, donor perspectives, migration as
development strategies
 The politics of incorporation, e.g. assimilation and
integration
 Guest lectures, e.g. Chinese migration perspectives
(guests from Peking University)
SOCB27: Sociology: International
Migration & Development
 Migration to Western Europe, e.g. the case of Sweden
 Migration control, security and the state
 Diasporas and transnational identities
 Gender and labor migration
 Human trafficking
SOCB28: Sociology: Development
and Social Welfare Policies
 Typologies of social policy systems and welfare
ideologies, theories and concepts etc.
 Social welfare policies in development strategies, e.g.
donor perspectives and policies
 Social welfare policies: The Northern/Scandinavian
context
 Poverty and pro-poor growth, the role of the market
SOCB28: Sociology: Development
and Social Welfare Policies
 Country cases, e.g. social protection arrangements in
different contexts
 Population policy and social protection/welfare,
usually with focus on China
 Gender issues, e.g. the role of care work and women in
social policy strategies
 Welfare Policies in authoritarian contexts
SOC B26: Sociology: The Sociology
of Human Development
 The historical background of development, e.g.
structural transformation in Europe and the legacy of
colonialism
 Development philosophy, e.g. ideas and concepts
 Sociology and development, e.g. the classical
sociological thinkers, and how sociology can be used
in the analysis of development
 Contemporary sociological theories on development
SOC B26: Sociology: The Sociology
of Human Development
 Southern perspectives on development and post
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colonial theory
Defining poverty, e.g. concepts and dimensions
Measuring poverty, e.g. definitions, indexes and
approaches
Researching the reality of the poor, e.g. participatory
approaches and bottom-up methodology
Case studies and mixed methods in development
sociology
Guest lecturers (often from India)
SOC B29: Sociology: Managing
Sustainability
 Theories on the nature-society relationship, e.g. the
role of nature in relation to socio-economic
development
 The constructivist approach to environmental
problems, e.g. are environmental problems ‘real’ or are
they ‘socially created’?
 The rise of ‘green politics’, e.g. the history of ideas and
concepts related to sustainability
 Policy-making and approaches for sustainable
development, e.g. regimes and ideas
SOC B29: Sociology: Managing
Sustainability
 Development and the environment, e.g. the ‘costs’ of
industrialization and modernization
 Capitalism and sustainable development, e.g. are they
compatible?
 Social organization and sustainability, e.g. are
collective efforts possible at a global scale?
 Researching environmental sociology, e.g. examples
and lectures on research experience
Minor Field Studies (MFS)
 The Department of Sociology has eight (8)
scholarships
 Six (6) will be awarded to applicants who study
Sociology, Social Anthropology and Education.
 The remaining two are for students from other
departments.
 Several scholarships are available for 2014/15 – contact
Ulrika Reichert (MFS Advisor)
[email protected]

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