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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Research Seminar “Economics, Business and Society”

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 1-4 модуль


Course Syllabus


The course consists of tutorials focusing on academic research work in the field of economic sociology. In the course students are going to discuss the basics of academic work, to practice fieldwork, to develop their course papers, and to perform academic writing and reading.
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
  • Able to read and to analyze academic books
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.
  • Reading club
    This part of the course will be focus on the academic reading. The goal is to discuss the academic book based on the empirical research of modern economy. Usually students discuss the academic articles or chapters often missing the possibility to read the whole book. At the same time the reading of the whole book gives the more comprehensive picture of the empirical research, methodology, and the possibilities of the conceptualization of the phenomena and its connection with the theoretical debate. We are going to test such type of academic reading and to discuss the benefits of it for student’s professional development.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class participation - in the 1st module
  • non-blocking Homework 1
    Reaction paper on the academic source - the 1st Module
  • non-blocking Homework 2
    Participation in the fieldwork - the 2nd Module
  • non-blocking Homework 3
    Fieldwork paper - the 2nd Module
  • non-blocking Homework 4
    The presentation of the student's research project - the 3d Module
  • non-blocking In-class participation - in the 2nd module
  • non-blocking In-class participation - in the 3d module
  • non-blocking In-class participation - in the 4th module
  • non-blocking Homework 5
    Homework: students have to make a short video (3-5 minutes), reviewing the discussed book, its critics and strengths.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.125 * Homework 1 + 0.1 * Homework 2 + 0.075 * Homework 3 + 0.125 * Homework 4 + 0.075 * Homework 5 + 0.125 * In-class participation - in the 1st module + 0.075 * In-class participation - in the 2nd module + 0.125 * In-class participation - in the 3d module + 0.175 * In-class participation - in the 4th module


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
  • Stark, D. (2010). Ambiguous Assets for Uncertain Environments: Heterarchy in Postsocialist Firms.
  • 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