SOC784 Independent Study

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Dr. Werner Binder (lecturer)
Beatrice Elena Chromková Manea, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. Martin Kreidl, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Ladislav Rabušic, CSc.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
SOC755 General Sociology
SOC755 & SOC776
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course consists of independent study on a particular sociological topic not covered by courses currently available, and the syllabus is developed in consultation between the teacher and the student. This structure allows the student to gain in-depth knowledge on a topic of interest, which may also be related to the student’s Master’s thesis work. The course is designed to address sociological topics in greater detail than a traditional seminar course. After reading existing literature on the selected topic and discussing it with the teacher, the student writes a substantive (3,000-4,000 word) seminar paper, critically assessing the literature.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, a student will be able to:
-Develop in-depth knowledge of a particular sociological topic;
-Engage deeply and critically with academic literature on a particular sociological topic;
-Write a substantive (3,000-4,000 word) paper on a particular sociological topic, critically assessing the existing academic literature on the given topic.
  • The syllabus and the required reading for the particular topic of the independent study will be developed in consultation between the teacher and the student.
  • Overall, it will contain:
  • Classical roots of the topic;
  • Foundational sociological texts related to the topic;
  • Methodological texts on how to study the topic;
  • Development and evolution of the sociological perspectives on the topic;
  • Current debates and future directions related to the topic.
  • Literature will be based on the particular topic of study and developed in consultation between the teacher and the student
Teaching methods
The intended outcome of this course is in-depth knowledge on a particular sociological topic. This is achieved through independent reading, research, and writing as well as periodic consultations. The student and teacher meet regularly (at least four times per semester) to discuss the literature on the selected topic and to consult on the seminar paper.

In-person consultations with the supervisor (about 10 hours)
Research (about 10 hours)
Reading (about 190 hours)
Writing the seminar paper (approximately 40 hours)
Total: about 250 hours

Read a minimum of 950 pages of literature
Assessment methods
The teacher makes an assessment as to whether the student has fulfilled the tasks expected to be completed during the semester. The tasks are weighted as follows:

Discussion of literature during consultations: 20%
Seminar Paper 80%
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Information on course enrolment limitations: Designed for students of Sociology Master program, Cultural Sociology and for exchange students.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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