Merk at endringer i emnebeskrivelsene (inkludert litteraturlistene) og eksamensdatoene kan forekomme fram til semesterstart det aktuelle semestret. Ved få studenter kan det på noen emner forekomme endringer i undervisningstilbud og eksamensform.

Dersom koronasituasjonen endrer seg, kan det bli endringer i emnets vurderingsformer (studiekrav og/eller eksamen). Slike endringer vil bli kunngjort i emnerommet i Canvas. Alle studenter må holde seg løpende oppdatert om disse endringene.

SAM1210: Introduction to the Social Sciences

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Emneansvarlig:Espen Gilsvik (
Studieprogramtilhørighet:Bachelorprogrammer - Bachelor i teologi
Bachelorprogrammer - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdeling for religion, skole og samfunn
Tillatte hj.midler ved eksamen:Liste F 2

Generell informasjon

The course introduces students to the social sciences, with emphasis on the basic concepts, methods and theoretical orientations characteristic to sociology. Sociology explores the minute aspects of social life, as well as global social processes and structures, and it situates peoples' lives in broader social contexts by understanding how political, economic and cultural forces constitute social life. A wide range of topics are covered in the course, including economy, globalization and social change, work, ethnicity and migration, religion, environment, media, gender and sexuality, education, social stratification and governance. The course aims at making the students familiar with contemporary sociology and its historical roots, and to stimulate critical and logical thinking concerning explanations of society, social interactions, organizations and institutions.
Modes of teaching and learning activities:
Group assignments
Essay writing
The course is a core subject in the study program Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society.


As a result of the corona situation there may be changes in the assessment forms (course requirements and / or exam) spring semester 2020. Any changes will be announced in the relevant Canvas-room. All students must stay continuously updated on these changes.
The student will:
  • submit and get approved an essay of 12-1500 words on a subject covered in the course.
  • attend at least 60 percent of the lectures.
  • participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Avsluttende vurdering

The final evaluation is a 4-hour written exam. The exam is assessed with grades (A-F).
In order to receive a final assessment, the students must fulfill the course requirements within the set deadlines.

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

The student has:
  • good knowledge of basic theoretical perspectives in sociology, and how they can help explain and interpret social phenomena.
  • good knowledge of the sociology of education, social class and governance in various political and historical contexts.
  • knowledge of central topics and challenges associated with economy, globalization and social change.
  • knowledge of social aspects of ethnicity, migration and religion in the world.
  • knowledge of the role of media in modern society.
The student can:
  • answer a given problem statement in an analytical and comprehensive manner, relating to sociological theory.
  • give scientifically grounded arguments in discussions around social issues.
  • use central concepts and theories in sociology to explain social phenomena.


For å få tilgang til elektronisk litteratur når du ikke sitter på MF:
Logg deg inn på Oria eller bruk "Ekstern tilgang" i bibliotekets databaseliste.

  • Giddens, A. & Sutton, P. W. (2017). Sociology (8th utg.). Polity Press. Bibliotek

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