Social Theory: Structures, Institutions and Actors (SIW4400)

Master's course
For exchange students

One of the big controversies in the social sciences is how to model the relations between social structure, institutions and actors. This course provides an overview of some of these theories, with a focus on variants deriving from realist traditions. Emphasis on individual, rational actors, those applying structural and functionalist explanatory models, as well as, training in how to apply select theories to analysis of empirical evidence when studying and interpreting phenomena.

  • Admission requirements

    You must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. The bachelor’s degree must consist of a minimum of 80 ECTS credits within relevant social sciences and/or health science disciplines, with an average grade no lower than C according to the ECTS grading scale.

    Proof of English proficiency is also required.

  • How to apply

    International exchange students select courses when applying for exchange.

    Application deadline: 15 April.

  • Course description

    For more information about this course, take a look at the course description (

  • Costs

    There is no semester fee for exchange students.

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