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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Research Seminar “Economics, Business and Society”

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 1-3 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course consists of tutorials (30 hours). The tutorials include Mini-lectures/discussions: - Social organization of academia and how to be a scholar - How to write and read academic papers - What is economic sociology and how sociologists can study business Master-classes: - How to conduct a research and how to be a successful researcher - Master-class by an invited practitioner Trainings: - How to conduct a qualitative interview - How to analyze qualitative interviews Reading - groups: reading and discussing academic papers (about business and economy, about science, about academic writing, etc.) Presentations of the students’ progress in their research activity
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Research Seminar is aimed at discussing academic research in the field of economic sociology, and at the formation of professional competences in studying business, economy, and society. Students will also learn how to write and read academic papers.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of doing academic research
  • Know the methods and principles of sociological research
  • Know the specificity of sociological approach to studying economy
  • Able to conduct sociological research
  • Able to use qualitative methods of data collection and analysis
  • Able to study business and economic with sociological methods
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Structure of academic work and management of a research project
    The goal of the first module is to give the students some general understanding of the social structures behind academic work, and to provide support for the start of their own yearly essay/bachelor thesis.
  • Field research
    The goal is the development of students' fieldwork skills. Entering the “field” is used for the student's approbation of sociological research methods (interviews, participant observation, etc.), understanding the possibilities of research methods for collecting empirical material at various field “sites”. The work can be carried out individually and collectively or in a professional research team. Plan: preparation for the field, work on the topic and key concepts. Selection of research instruments and obtainment of empirical data (observation, data recording, ethnographic interview). Field research in the context of global digitalization (social networks, mobile applications, visual data). Final discussion on fieldwork and preparation of a research report on fieldwork (text no more than 3 pages or presentation). This part will also include the workshops with practicing sociologists Workshops on field research by leading Russian sociologists (online meetings with foreign researchers are also possible). Discussion of designs and results of empirical studies, specifics of research stages, ethical issues.
  • Student’s academic work
    During this module the focus will be done on the development of the students’ academic writing and research skills and the discussion of their research papers/project (course papers, research thesis). The main goal of this part is to help students with their research projects. We will discuss how the paper should be organized, the requirements for the research paper, the progress and the difficulties that students have by that moment with their research.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class participation
  • non-blocking Homework1
    Presentation of the individual research proposal
  • non-blocking Homework 2
    Presentation of the research design and piloting of instrument
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.3 * Exam + 0.2 * Homework 2 + 0.2 * Homework1 + 0.3 * In-class participation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Aspers, P., & Dodd, N. (2015). Re-Imagining Economic Sociology. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1200997

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Portes, A. (2010). Economic Sociology : A Systematic Inquiry. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=329852
  • Tittenbrun, J. (2011). Economy in Society : Economic Sociology Revisited. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=524366