Sociology of Emotions, Spring 2018 (7,5 ECTS)
The course is offered in collaboration between The Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg and the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Aalborg University.
The course runs on half-time (50%) over ten weeks.
Deborah Gould, University of California, Santa Cruz
Kerstin Jacobson, firstname.lastname@example.org
The teaching language of the course is English.
Aim of the course
The aim of the course it to familiarize students with classical and contemporary perspectives in the sociology of emotions, to enable students to critically discuss theoretical assumptions, methodological approaches and empirical results within the sociology of emotions and to construct a theoretical framework and methodological approach to a specific research problem in the student’s own ongoing or planned project.
The study of emotions is inherently multidisciplinary as it engages with biological and psychological as well as social and cultural theory and research. With this point of departure, the focus of the sociological discipline, as well as of this course, is on the social, and sociologically relevant, aspects of emotions. The course offers a broad overview of theories and research in the sociology of emotions, spanning from the classics to contemporary theories and research. Both structural and situational/interactional approaches to the role of emotions in social life are explored. Part of the course deals with ongoing research, through which there is opportunity to study and discuss various methods employed and ways to apply and develop theory in the analysis of empirical data. All participants are required to read and relate some key texts (compulsory literature), but thereafter encouraged to focus independently on their own area of research.
The course begins with a series of lectures on sociological approaches to emotions, some current debates, and the exemplification of ongoing research projects. These lectures are followed by a series of short workshops where participant’s potential approaches are worked out with guidance from the teachers. An online midterm seminar, to discuss literature and ideas for exam papers, will be arranged about midterm of the course period. For the remaining part of the course students develop their papers and expand their chosen area of specialization, adding relevant literature beyond the required course literature. The course ends with the presentation and discussion of a working paper (optionally as a draft journal article) at the final seminar of the course.
Written and oral presentations take place throughout the course. Participants partake in at least two seminars (midterm and final) where they present their own work as well as comment on the work of other participants.
The course offers both a broad perspective on the state of the art of the sociology of emotions, as well as in-depth specialization in the chosen area.
This PhD course addresses both PhD students unfamiliar with the sociology of emotions and PhD students who are more experienced with the field. The first group will obtain knowledge about the key concepts, theoretical traditions and methodological discussions in the field. The second group will obtain new perspectives on their own work through the attentiveness to theoretical development, methodological concerns and discussions of how to apply theories and concepts in specific analyses.
The first seminar is located at the Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, the second seminar is located at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg. The midterm seminars will take place online via Adobe Connect (please make sure you have access to it via your university). The course has no fee but travel and accommodation costs as well as all meals need to be covered by each student’s home department.
The purpose of the online midterm seminars is to discuss and reflect on the mandatory literature and to develop ideas for the course paper. All students in each group read and comment on all abstracts of the group.
The final seminar is a paper seminar with two appointed student commentators on each paper.
Course teachers will be participating in the seminars and commenting on the papers too.
Registration for the course
The course is only open for doctoral students. Send registration via e-mail to one of the two addresses below, stating that you are registering for the PhD-course sociology of emotions, including name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, affiliation and supervisor. Also include a ½ page statement of the expected relevance of the course for your doctoral research when registering for the course. If more than 20 students register for the course, we will use these descriptions as a basis for deciding who will be enrolled in the course.
Learning outcomes will be examined through an individually written working paper (see below). The paper will be presented and discussed in a paper seminar. For their paper, students are required to engage with and refer to some mandatory parts of the literature (see the literature list!) and to a relevant amount of extra literature of their own choice pertinent to their paper topics (for suggestions see e.g. Reference literature in the literature). Students choose their own topic, preferably in line with their topic of doctoral research.
Papers can be written in the form of a scientific article with the exception that the draft for the course will allow 10.000 words (maximum) including abstract and references.
Some useful advice on how to write a social scientific article is found in the links below:
After completion of the course the doctoral student shall be able to:
1. Knowledge and understanding
Present and discuss a broad overview of the different approaches in the sociology of emotions in general and of theoretical assumptions within the chosen areas of specialization in particular
State and analyze the main empirical results within the chosen area of specialization
Present and discuss current areas of conflict within the chosen area of specialization
2. Skills and abilities
Orally and in writing present, explain and problematize research within the sociology of emotions in a format that meets international standards.
In a more elaborate paper synthesize the theories and research within the chosen area of specialization and construct a theoretical framework and methodological approach to a specific research problem in the student’s own ongoing or planned project.
3. Judgment and approach
Critically discuss theoretical assumptions and empirical results within the sociology of emotions in general and the chosen area of specialization in particular.
Critically discuss methods used within the chosen area of specialization.
Critically discuss trends and future development of the chosen area of specialization.
Grading and criteria
The grading scale encompasses the grades Fail (U), and Pass (G).
Pass = the student demonstrates satisfactory fulfillment of the learning outcomes through active participation in all the parts of the course, and by the submission of an exam paper.
Course evaluation is organized by the teachers on the paper seminars.
February 28 – March 2: Course introduction, lectures
April 5: Midterm seminar, online
May 3-4: Guest lecture, Paper seminars
20 February: 2000 words (maximum) description of the students’ doctoral research (research questions, context, methods, theoretical framework) and the role of the sociology of emotions in the project. These short papers will form the basis of the workshops in Copenhagen.
28 March 5 pm: Abstract or bullet-points to Åsa, Merete and Poul about topics to discuss online.
23 April 11 pm: Full paper draft sent to Lene El Mongy, email@example.com
27 April 10 am: Commentators list is circulated. Each student will be the primary commentator on one paper and the secondary commentator on one more (but preferably read all).
14 May 11 pm: Final papers sent to Lene El Mongy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the organizers if you have any queries!
The schedule is preliminary, but the dates of the meetings will not be changed.
Find the schedule here.
Department of Sociology
Øster Farimagsgade 5, Bygning 16
Department of Sociology and Work Science
University of Gothenburg
Link to site map Campus Haga (University of Gothenburg)
Youth hostels Göteborg (close to the venue):
Literature Sociology of Emotions Spring 2018
Find the literature list here.
Classical Sociological Theory
The course has three aims:
To provide knowledge about key contributions to sociological theory, defined as ”sociological classics” (i.e. Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Simmel, Tönnies and the Chicago-school);
to problematize the ”classics discourse” and to present examples of ”alternative classics”, i. e. scholars/texts (particularly focusing on gender and race/ethnicity) that have been influential without having been awarded the status of ”classics” (e.g. Du Bois, de Beauvoir and Fanon);
to provide the students with ability to discuss and evaluate the significance and usefulness of ”the classics” in relation to contemporary sociological theory and empirical research.
The course is held on three occasions (altogether four full days). One each occasion, both lectures and seminars will be held. The seminars will he led by the Ph D students, presenting their choice of further reading. At the final seminar the Ph D student examination essays will be presented and discussed.
Wednesday 4th – Thursday 5th October
Place: Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg
Wednesday 15th –Thursday 16th November
Place: Department of Sociology, Lund University
Wednesday 20 december
Place: Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg Examination seminar
Course leaders: Håkan Thörn (Göteborg) and Bo Isenberg (Lund).
Guest Lecturers: Oscar Andersson, Michael Azar, Axel Fredholm, Carl-Göran Heidegren, Åsa Lundqvist, Per Månson, Fredrik Sunnemark and Kajsa Widergren.
Registration: Send an email, latest by 30th of April, to: email@example.com