Module 1:

Module name

A Social World and Power Relations

Module Contents

The social world represents a network of social relations of the most diverse nature (economic, political, cultural, communicational, gender, etc.), in which multiple players with diverse interests participate. To puzzle out this complex web, module A “Social World and Power Relations” carries out a multidimensional examination of social relations based on the spatial axis. Space does not represent a geographic category in this context, but rather a relational and analytical one, linked to the specific logics of social relations in their different spheres. This multidimensional approach coalesces the phenomenological, the power and the global perspectives. Thus, this module is structured into four units associated with four specific dimensions of social relations: A1 “The Lifeworld Perspective”, A2 “Power Relations, Hegemony and Inequality”, A3 “Global Justice and Human Rights”, and A4 “Global Relations and World System”.

 

Unit A1 The Lifeworld Perspective (1st semester 3 hours)

Unit A1 “The Lifeworld Perspective” brings forward the main concepts of the phenomenological sociology, so that students can acknowledge daily practices, (self-) perceptions, intersubjectivities and "realities" of ordinary men and women. In addition, unit A1 “The Lifeworld Perspective” represents the foundation for module B “Research, Action and Networking” in general and for unit B1 “Research Methods” in particular. The contents of this unit comprise the following subjects:

- Phenomenological social sciences

- Phenomenology of routine actions

- Construction of knowledge

- Symbolic interactionism and grounded theory

- From the general to the essential

- Ideal types

 

Unit A2 Power Relations, Hegemony and Inequality (1st semester 4 hours, 2nd semester 4 hours)

Unit A2 “Power Relations, Hegemony and Inequality” breaks down the manifold dimensions of power, with special emphasis on its political and cultural dimension. Thus, students can conceptualize social (economic, political, cultural, communicational, gender, etc.) relations as relations traversed by power. This unit is structured into two subsequent parts: “Power Relations, Hegemony and Inequality I” and “Power Relations, Hegemony and Inequality II”. The contents of this unit comprise the following subjects:

- The concept of power and its multiple dimensions

- Structure and agency

- The state as a social relation of domination 

- The construction of the nation

- Hegemony

- Democracy and citizenship

- Poverty and inequality

- Development and post-development

- Gender

- Intersectionality

 

Unit A3 Global Justice and Human Rights (1st semester 3 hours)

Unit A3 “Global Justice and Human Rights” brings forward the concepts of justice and rights as political categories, so that students can capitalize on them in order to redetermine the existing power relations. The contents of this unit comprise the following subjects:

- Human rights

- Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR)

- Women’s rights and femicide

- Strategic rights litigation

- International law

- Citizenship and non-citizenship

- Migration and asylum

- Global justice

- Transitional and community justice

 

Unit A4 Global Relations and World System (3rd semester 4 hours)

Unit A4 “Global Relations and World System” breaks down the global dimension of social relations from the perspective of the world system. Thus, students can contextualize social relations in the framework of global relations. The contents of this unit comprise the following subjects:

- World system

- Hegemony in international relations

- Globalisation and glocalisation

- Transnationalisation

- North-South Relations

- Regionalisms

- Interstate organizations

- Activism and transnational justice

- Migrations and superdiversity

Learning objectives

Module A “Social World and Power Relations” carries out a multidimensional examination of social relations based on the spatial axis, which coalesces the phenomenological, the power and the global perspectives.

Based on this perspective, students are capacitated to:

- Delineate the lifeworld of ordinary men and women, acknowledging their daily practices, (self) perceptions and intersubjectivities.

- Conceptualize social relations as the result of power relations and struggles for hegemony.

- Look upon social conflicts from the justice and rights perspective

- Contextualize social conflicts in the framework of global relations

- Undertake a multidimensional approach to the specific real-world conflicts addressed in module C “In-depth Specialization”.

Type and duration of the module sessions

Semester 1: A1 The Lifeworld Perspective (3 hours), A2 Power Relations, Hegemony and Inequality I (4 hours), A3 Global Justice and Human Rights (3 hours)

Semester 2: A2 Power Relations, Hegemony and Inequality II (4 hours)

Semester 3: A4 Global Relations and World System (4 hours)

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, presentations, group discussions, exercises, participatory analysis, excursions, guided self-learning, independent learning, team teaching, e-learning, role play, livlab, “problem oriented learning”

Examination methods

Every unit carries out an evaluation consisting of an oral presentation accompanied by its written elaboration. In addition, students must turn out a scientific article (27 000 characters) for one of the three units (A1, A2 or A3) taking place during the first semester.

Attendance is obligatory

Conditions for participation

Compliance of the other units of the module

Duration of the module

Module A: 3 semesters

Unit A1: 1 semester

Unit A2: 2 semesters

Unit A3: 1 semester

Unit A4: 1 semester

Subsequent modules

B Research, Action and Networking

C In-Depth Specialization

Module focus

Classroom time

Self-learning and in field time

Total

ECTS

9 ECTS

16 ECTS

25 ECTS

Workload

270 hours

480 hours

750 hours

Application deadline 15th of May 2018


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