At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Define and reflect on central concepts in sociological research regarding social capital;
- Describe and explain subquestions in sociology regarding social capital, related to both social inequality and social cohesion;
- Describe and explain theories and specific hypotheses to provide answers to these questions;
- Describe and explain means for operationalizing central concepts within these hypotheses;
- Summarize and evaluate main conclusions with regard to these hypotheses;
- Apply learned theories to different contexts and topics;
- Relate particular contributions to each other and examine and explain how knowledge in these research areas accumulates;
- Describe and critically reflect on (differences between) particular research questions, theories, hypotheses, and their operationalizations;
- Formulate relevant original research questions, theoretical propositions and hypotheses, as well as means for their operationalization;
- In a group, write a coherent paper, in which relevant research questions, theoretical propositions and hypotheses are formulated, and associated operationalizations are discussed.
During this course, two very different lines of research in social science (as well as their interfaces) will be discussed. In recent decades, the concept of ‘social capital' has become an umbrella term for a variety of different aspects (e.g., resources of other people which one has access to, but also levels of participation in voluntary organizations or levels of social trust in others). In this course, this variety of topics will be reduced to two clear lines of research. We will discuss how hypotheses with regard to social capital are formulated within both lines of research. One research tradition deals with questions regarding social inequality, the other tradition with questions related to social cohesion. Different generations within both lines of research will be addressed and aspects which deserve further attention in future research will be discussed.|
For exchange students and students who take this course as an elective: participation is only possible if sufficient places are available.
|BA studenten Sociologie met een positief BSA.
Premaster studenten Sociologie.
Bijvakstudenten met een positief BSA van hun eigen opleiding (het aantal plekken voor bijvakstudenten is beperkt).