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Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


The target group of the course is students of the Bachelor program in social sciences and interested students from history, economics and anthropology who have already obtained some knowledge in Sociology. The class will be held in English, so the ability to read, discuss and write in English is a prerequisite.

Course Description

Since our sessions will be based on an interactive method of teaching, every student is expected to participate actively in working groups and discussions. Therefore, regular preparation of the required readings (marked with an asterisk) is required. Optional texts are voluntary and mostly directed to those students seeking to write a paper on the topic. Those readings under the heading presentation will be read by the presenter only. Students will write 3 reaction memos to texts and hand them in before in order to make sure


THIEMANN, Matthias (Associate Professor)

Course validation

To pass this class, students will take an exam in the last session. They can also choose to write a paper of 10 pages plus reference list. In addition, 3 reaction memos are required from students on the text for the respective session, to be handed in before the session begins. Lastly, oral participation/presentations will make up 10% of the grade.

Required reading

  • Karl Polanyi.1944. The great Transformation. MacMillan Publishers
  • Karl Marx. 1867. Das Kapital, Volume 1, in particular chapter on primitive accumulation, value of labor power
  • Max Weber. Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Capitalism
  • Albert Hirschman. The Passions and the interests.
  • Marcel Mauss. The Gift

Additional required reading

Arte. 2014. Capitalism.