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Teaching

Teaching

The sociology of North America as it is represented at the John F. Kennedy Institute consists of two main areas of research and teaching: first, the sociological analysis of social structures and processes in North American societies; second, the theoretical approaches and research programmes originating in North America. Both areas are intertwined: Theoretical approaches and research programmes are often used to describe, explain and analyze social structures and processes in North American societies.

Historically and systematically significant theoretical approaches and research programmes, and in particular pragmatist and functionalist social theory, therefore constitute basic topics of teaching, on the one hand. On the other hand the debates about contemporary and historical problems of North American societies are basic topics of teaching equally significant. Finally, to understand North American societies it is indispensable to include North American culture – primarily mass and popular culture – in the analysis. The approaches of cultural sciences (Dept. of Culture, JFKI) and of cultural sociology complete the account sociology can provide of North America societies. Consequently, the public sphere, mass media and religion constitute central topics for teaching and research. Qualitative, hermeneutic methods of empirical research make the culturally defined social realities of North America accessible. As in other realms of teaching and research he sociology of North America here as well has originated innovative patterns, e.g. the methods of visual sociology.

The department’s fields of research already mentioned are supplemented by projects in the field of social theory (theories of communication and, in particular, visual communication), of social integration (and the mass media and mass culture contributing to it) and of social change (particularly catastrophic social change and change by destruction).

 

Bachelor (North American Studies)

 

Semester

 Orientation Module

Specialization Module

A    Social Structures

B   Social Processes

 W19

 Undergraduate Course

 Advanced Seminar A

 

 

 Advanced Seminar A

 

 S20

 Seminar

 

 Advanced Seminar B

     Advanced Seminar B

 W20

 Undergraduate Course

 Advanced Seminar A

 

 

 Advanced Seminar A

 

 

 

Master (North American Studies)

Semester

Module A

Sociological Theories of North America

Module B

Social Systems, Institutions and Orders - Purpose and Function

Module C

Examining the Social Process - Problem, Conflict, Crisis

 W19

 Seminar

 

Seminar

 Graduate Course

 

 Graduate Course

 S20

 

Seminar

 

 

Graduate Course

 

 W20

 Seminar

  Seminar
Graduate Course  

 Graduate Course

 

 

Graduate School of North American Studies

Semester

Graduate Seminar

Research Colloquium

 W19

   

 S20

  Current topics and research fields in North American Studies

 

 W20

 

 

 

 

Master (European Societies)

Semester

Lecture

Seminar

 W19

 Theories of Integration  Graduate Course

 S20

 

 

 W20

 Theories of Integration

 Graduate Course

 

 

 


 

Contact:

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