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AMES 25A00 - Perspectives in Economics and Sociology: Issues of Migration, Discrimination, Justice and Religion

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Economics and sociology are often presented as antagonist at least as competitor within the social sciences. The two disciplines have been nonetheless witnessing increasing exchanges and convergence during the last decades. On one side economics deals more and more with traditional sociological objects. On the other, sociology adopts new analytical and empirical tools that are commonly associated with economic analysis such as controlled experiments. Interdisciplinary economic and sociological approaches have been more and more central to the study of education, the family, urban segregation, international migration, gender inequality, etc. In this course, we will first start by discussing major issues that characterize the theoretical and methodological debates between economics and sociology. We will then explore social science topics with the combined lenses of economists and sociologists.


  • GALBIATI, Roberto (Chargé de recherches)
  • SAFI, Mirna (Chargée de recherche OSC, Sciences Po)
  • VILLEDIEU, Pierre P. (Etudiant doctorant)

Pedagogical format

The course will be organized as follows: a. The first part will introduce and discuss differences and commonalities that traditionally characterize economics and sociology. Some space will be devoted to the discussion of the concept of causality and to the introduction of the trade-offs and complementarity between quantitative and qualitative approaches. b. The second part of the course will present selected social issues both within economic and sociological perspectives. In this part of the course, students will be exposed to recent research in the two disciplines about: 1. The economic and social consequences of international migrations; 2. The advancements in understanding discrimination; 3. The study of religion; 4. The causes of illegal and deviant behavior c. In the final part, we will present some recent studies about economists in the sociology of professions and discuss the way scientists from the two disciplines relate in the public and academic spheres. ...

Course validation

Understand and assess a social issue (Take-home) – 40% Final Exam – 60% (1hr30min)

Required reading

  • Original articles and book sections will be uploaded in the moodle before each class
  • Class handouts