Contemporary Economic Sociology


Economic sociology aims at understanding social mechanisms of the markets and consumption patterns of individuals and organizations.

By studying economic sociology, students learn to examine various economic phenomena from a social perspective as part of a wider societal context.

Date: 9th of August to 10th of September 2021 (see detailed schedule below).

Place: Self-paced online course – the course uses Moodle as a platform for lecture recordings, materials and assignments.

Credits: 5 ECTS

Price: 75€

Application: by 12.4.2021

Short description

The aim of the course is to demonstrate what kind of theoretical and empirical phenomena economic sociologists are dealing with. The contemporary themes include sustainable consumption, data economy, social media platforms, luxury consumption and shadow markets.


The students will understand the strengths and limitations of economic and socio-cultural frameworks in the analysis of modern market economies.


The lectures focus on selected number of timely themes and highlight the significance of alternative research orientations related to economic sociology. The course material covers a wide range of economic sociological theories.

Target audience

Undergraduate students completed basic studies in social sciences, eg. sociology.


Lectures, assignments, and a final exam.

Course schedule

The course takes place in 8.8.-10.9.2021. The lectures will be pre-recorded and the student can watch them at their own convenience. All the course assignments should be completed by 15.9.2021.

Student work load

Lectures 14 h, independent work 120 h. The course requires approximately 5 weeks to complete (lectures, reading materials, assignments and exam)


Assignments and exam on scale 0-5 (0=fail – 5=excellent).

Assessment criteria

Assignments 70%, exam 30%.

Learning materials

The material will be given through the Moodle page after the enrolment.


  • Undergraduate students completed basic studies in social sciences.
  • a motivation letter written in English explaining why the student is interested in the course, what s/he expects to get out of it and how s/he plans to use what s/he has learnt in her/his future life.

Number of students: max 50