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DSOC 1295A - Economic Sociology

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Economic sociology addresses puzzling economic phenomena and draws on a variety of intellectual traditions in order to explain them. In contrast to other approaches to explaining the economy, economic sociology often embraces the complexity of economic action. That complexity can be broken down into several theoretical camps. While the boundaries of these camps are sometimes blurred, they provide a constructive framework within which to explain, criticize, plan and predict economic action. This course builds a comprehensive understanding of the field of economic sociology as understood through three of its most prominent intellectual themes: power, culture and rational action. It introduces students to the field of economic sociology through an examination of these themes and illuminates each through a discussion of contemporary economic questions and concerns.


SAFFORD, Sean (Associate Professor, Sciences Po)

Course validation

There will be a mid-term taken in class in week 6, three one (1) page summaries, and a final exam. The mid-term counts for 40% of the final grade, the three short essays count for 15% of the final grade and the final exam counts for 45% of the grade.


Each week, you are asked to read at least one required paper (sometimes two). There are also often suggested papers that will also be discussed in the lecture. You should come to class having read each of the papers. In addition, I post my lecture notes each week. The lecture notes will have links and references to further reading. Material from the text of the lecture as well as from the assigned readings from each week is fair game for the final exam. There will not be questions on references in the lectures notes that are not required readings. However, familiarization with these papers will improve your performance on the exams.