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Modern Sociological Theory

This course gives an overview of modern sociological theory and a deeper understanding of some modern sociological theorists and perspektives.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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Register to the course

Before you can start the course you need to register. You can do it online at Ladok for students between 4-11 January. Its' important that you register othervise you'll lose your place.

To be able to register you need at university account. If new at Stockholm University you first need to activate one.

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Teaching spring 2021 - until March 22.

On the advanced level, teachers can decide whether they prefer to teach via Zoom only or use a hybrid model (Zoom and classroom teaching), provided that restrictions are met. For all levels, examination is done via Zoom or take-home exam (no in-class exam).

Information about teaching from March 23 will come later.

Given the uncertainty of the situation, the above may change. For information on changes and what applies to each course, you are therefore primarily referred to the learning platform Athena. We urge you to keep yourself updated on what is happening/ applies to your course. 

Stockholm University's information page about the Corona virus.

Students on waiting list

If we have places left students on waiting list will be contacted by email closer to the start of the course.

Athena -the learning platform

Athena is the learning platform at Stockholm University. At Athena you’ll have access to all information about the course such as schedule, schedule changes, course material and more. Before you can log in to Athena you need to activate your university account and register to your course.

Log in to Athena

More information about Athena here.

Please note that to get notification about important information from the course you need to change the settings and activate notification to your email-address. You can do that in Settings that you find under your name in the right top corner.

Athena has a mobile app that you can use. The name of that app is itslearning. The app is free of charge and you can download it to iPhones and Android-mobiles. To get notification about important information from the course you need to change the settings to allow the app to send you notification.

More information
Please see the webpage of the Department of sociology or contact

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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This course will be online via zoom spring 2021.

The aim of this course is to give an overview of modern sociological theory and a deeper understanding of some modern sociological perspectives. With ”modern sociological theory” is understood the period after the decline of functionalism around 1960 and until today.

To the most prominent theoretical sociologists in the latter half of the 20th century belong Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Anthony Giddens, Erving Goffman and Jürgen Habermas.

The list is made up of male sociologists and reflects the male dominance we have seen in sociology until recently. Among the more significant developments in modern sociological theory has been the rise of feminist perspectives to challenge this male dominance. Other important fields and perspectives in recent sociology are cultural theory, rational choie and structural analysis.

  • Course structure

    The course is provided at half-time basis over 10 weeks. The instructor will give a lecture the first class, but the remaining classes will primarily be based on student presentations and discussions. During these classes, a group of student will give a presentation of aspects in the course readings (first hour), followed by a discussion of the course readings based on questions provided by another group of students (second hour). The structure of the last hour will vary, but generally include in-class assignments, discussions, and/or concluding remarks from the instructor.

    Course PM - all you need to know

    Modern sociological theory 2021 (280 Kb)

    Teaching format

    The classes rely on active student participation. Attendance is required for all classes and absence must be compensated by assignments.


    To pass, students are required to participate actively during the discussion, participate in the evaluation of a group presentation and together with the group, provide questions for one class. Examination is in the form of two assignments: a course paper and an oral presentation


    Professor Mikaela Sundberg

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Contact

    Student Affairs Office

    Study counsellor

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    Directors of studies, all levels

    Questions about all master's courses/programmes at the Department of Sociology: