SOW-SOB3030
Life course research in perspective
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-SOB3030
Credits (ECTS)3
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Sociology;
Lecturer(s)
Contactperson for the course
M. Hoogendoorn
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2016
Period
PER1  (29/08/2016 to 06/11/2016)
Starting block
PER1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
  • Students should be able to explain the life course perspective, its core theoretical elements and its history and development.
  • Students should be able to apply the life course perspective to core themes in sociology, such as educational and labor market careers and family life.
  • Students should be able to formulate research questions from a life course perspective.
  • Students should be able to derive hypotheses from a life course perspective.
  • Student should be able to demonstrate English language skills in discussing, presenting, close-reading and writing about the life course research perspective.
Content

A life course effect may be defined as the consequence of a sociological transition and/or development of a person, social group, organization, or country experiences. Life course transitions affect outcomes that have been the subject of different segments of sociological research. In this course, we will introduce the life course perspective as an overarching framework to look at the interrelatedness, path-dependency and context-dependency of the life course, transitions, events and effects. We focus on applying the life course perspective to core themes in sociology, including educational and labor market careers and family life. Students will be asked to read research papers on these subjects and identify how a life course perspective has and could further our theoretical and empirical knowledge on that theme. To illustrate that applying a life course perspective is a fruitful manner to elaborate existing sociological theories, students will also be asked to deduce new and interesting hypotheses from a life course perspective on presented themes.

The course expects a very active role on behalf of the students. Students will prepare presentations, discuss the literature and carry out prepatory assignments. The development of presentation skills, debating skills and reading skills constitutes an integral part of this course. The course is given in English.

Literature
The literature (book chapters and journal articles) will be listed in the course manual and have to be collected from the university library by the students themselves. We will discuss relatively recent and innovative research papers from reputed sociological journals that either deal with the theoretical development of the life course perspective or incorporated the life course perspective within quantitative research designs. To introduce the life course perspective some classical texts will be used. All these texts also are part of the final examination content.

Levels
MAW.SOC.B3

Test information
Tentamination.The final grade is build up as follows: Written exam (100%). Note that the written exam should at least be judged with a 6 (regular Dutch marking).

Prerequisites
Should have passed: propedeuse (first year courses) Sociology.

Required materials
Course guide
The literature (book chapters and journal articles) will be listed in the course manual and have to be collected from the university library by the students themselves. All these texts also are part of the final examination content.

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Tentamen
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock PER1, Block PER2