Social and institutional change

Faculteit Gedrags- en MaatschappijWetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode SOBA904
Vaknaam Social and institutional change
Niveau(s) bachelor, universitaire minor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Social and institutional change
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, students …
• … understand core theoretical conceptualizations of social institutions
• … are able to analyze how and when typical institutions help solve problems of coordination
and cooperation
• … understand the micro-macro problem and the concept of emergence, knowing important
examples of emergent phenomena from sociology and other disciplines. Students can
distinguish between alternative approaches to explaining sociological phenomena (Max
Weber vs. Emile Durkheim vs. complexity science)
• … know central arguments in the debate on the relationship between the state and the
market, knowing classical arguments for a free, unregulated market and strong state providing
social welfare institutions.
• … are able to reflect on the effects of formal social institutions on social inequality
• …know alternative formal institutions designed to foster the integration of migrants into the
labor market
• …are able to reflect about processes of the formalization of informal social institutions and
related institutional change.
Omschrijving This course focuses on the emergence and development of formal and informal institutions
and their effects on behavior as well as on individual integration processes into society. We
will explore how various forms of institutions influence each other and the extent to which
institutions have desired or undesired effects. Moreover, we will focus on the conditions
under which institutions lead to coordination and cooperation. Several examples will be given
from the field of migration and integration. Special attention will also be paid to the role of
the state in a market economy, and the effect of cultural norms on economic development.
To this end, we will discuss classical theories (Weber, Durkheim, Smith) that have been used
to explain social institutions. Examples will be based on current empirical research studying
inequality and the interplay between migration, integration, and welfare states. We will debate
among others how migration leads to institutional change and how formal and informal
institutions shape integration chances of migrants.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
Toetsvorm schriftelijk tentamen (essay) DIGITAL
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator Dr. B. Bilecen
Docent(en) Dr. B. Bilecen
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Articles in scientific journals, accessible through Web of Science
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc International Business/IB  (minor Development Studies) 3 semester I a keuze
Ba sociologie  (Ba2 sociologie) 2 semester I a verplicht
Ba sociologie Internationale (keuzevakken) 1 semester I a keuze
Course package 'Challenging Society' for exchange students BSc level - Autumn - semester I a keuze
Course units for exchange students BSc level - Autumn semester (Sep-Jan) - semester I a keuze SO
Minor Development Studies 3 semester I a keuze
Schakel sociologie 1 semester I a verplicht