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Economic Sociology

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

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

This is the introductory course aimed at the discussion of the basics of the sociological study of the economy. After the course students should: know the theoretical approaches to the understanding of the economy, the market, and the economic behaviour; be able to analyze the economic actions, networks, culture and power in the contemporary markets; be able to present the results of the socio-economic analysis. The course consists of lectures and seminars. The seminars involve the discussion of the topics and the student work in small groups, academic reading, the analysis of empirical data.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of this course is to discuss the basics of the sociological study of the economy and to explain the main approaches developing in the field of economic sociology. The course is oriented toward the understanding of the contemporary market, informal economy, the work of the firm and the economic behaviour of different economic actors.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Identifies the scientific essence of problems in economic sociology
  • Works with information: find, evaluate and use necessary information from different sources in order to solve scientific and professional problems (including through the system approach)
  • - able to work with information: find, evaluate and use necessary information from different sources in order to solve scientific and professional problems (including through the system approach)
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to analyze socially significant problems and processes with impartiality and scientific objectivity
  • able to present the results of sociological study while taking into account the specifics of the potential audience
  • able to process and analyze data to prepare analytical decisions, expert advice, and recommendations
  • able to critically evaluate and reassess accumulated experiences (personal and others’), reflect on professional and social activities
  • able to critically perceive, summarize, and analyze professional information
  • able to identify the scientific essence of problems in one’s professional area
  • able to work with information: find, evaluate and use necessary information from different sources in order to solve scientific and professional problems (including through the system approach)
  • able to critically evaluate and reassess accumulated experiences (personal and others’), reflect on professional and social activities; able to critically perceive, summarize, and analyze professional information
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Methodological foundations of economic sociology. Institutionalization of the discipline "Economic sociology"
    The methodological foundations of economic sociology, its key differences from the economics; the history of the development of economic sociology in the USA. The main focuses of the "new economic sociology." Homo Economicus vs. Homo Sociologicus. Two approaches to the analysis of economics: formalist - substantivist (K. Polanyi). Framework / perspectives of analysis: economic action, networks, institutes, cultures. Multiple rationalities.
  • Networks, institutions and culture: the main approaches of new economic sociology to the study of the modern economy
    The concept of networks in economic sociology. A variety of approaches to the study of networks. M. Granovetter about networks and embeddedness. The concept of institute in economic sociology. American institutionalism. French Institutionalism. The concept of culture. Embeddedness in culture. Cultural-historical / cultural-ethnographic approaches in economic sociology. Examples of empirical research in the framework of the cultural-historical approach.
  • State, politics and economy
    The action of political institutions in the field of economy. The concept of the state and its importance for the organization of the economy. The relationship between the state and the market. Historical analysis of the emergence of national markets
  • Markets as the main focus of new economic sociology
    The concept of the market. Development of the markets in Europe. Market structure. Approaches to market research in economic sociology (new institutionalism, network analysis, ethnographic (cultural-historical) approach)
  • Informal economy
    The concept of the informal economy. Informal and shadow economy. Ways to measure the shadow economy. The informal household economy. The shadow economy of enterprises. Economic rules: formal and informal. Deformalization of business rules. Legalization costs and tax evasion.
  • Firms and organizations
    The definition of the firm. The concept of organization. Bureaucratic and "postmodern" organizations. Ideal types of business organization (community, corporation, and association). Interorganizational relations, the main models of affirmation of authority in an economic organization. Modern forms of economic organizations.
  • Employment and labour market
    Classical studies of labor relations - scientific management theory (F. Taylor), the school of human relations, the social philosophy of Fordism. Dissemination of Japanese human resource management experience. The transformation of the meaning of work in the context of cognitive capitalism. The concepts of employment, career and career path. New careers in post-modern society.
  • Post-fordist economy
    Development of capitalism. Precarity, innovation, flexibility in the neoliberal post-fordist economy.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class participation
  • non-blocking Homework
  • non-blocking Exam in written form
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.5 * Exam in written form + 0.2 * Homework + 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

  • Andersson, J. (2010). The Library and the Workshop : Social Democracy and Capitalism in the Knowledge Age. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=309246
  • Beck, N., & Ebner, A. (2008). The Institutions of the Market : Organizations, Social Systems, and Governance. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=259557
  • Beckert, J., & Dewey, M. (2017). The Architecture of Illegal Markets : Towards an Economic Sociology of Illegality in the Economy. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1561435
  • Biggart, N. W., & Wiley InterScience (Online service). (2002). Readings in Economic Sociology. Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=231984
  • Fligstein, N. (2008). Euroclash : The EU, European Identity, and the Future of Europe. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=234734
  • 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
  • Roberts, J., & Amin, A. (2008). Community, Economic Creativity, and Organization. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=267279
  • Swedberg, R., & Pinch, T. J. (2008). Living in a Material World : Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=248783
  • The architecture of illegal markets : towards an economic sociology of illegality in the economy / edited by Jens Beckert and Matías Dewey. (2017). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.490198740
  • Zafirovski, M., & Beckert, J. (2006). International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=349450