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 20th of August 2021.

Place: University of Turku (The course is arranged online)

Credits: 5 ECTS

Price: 75€

Application: by 12.4.2021 via online form

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, weekly assignments, and essay.

Student work load

Lectures and mentoring 14 h, assignments 58h, essay 62 h = 134 h


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

Assessment criteria

Essay 50%, Assignments 50%

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 20