PhD course: Classical Sociological Theory

The course has three aims:

  • Provide knowledge about key contributions to sociological theory, defined as ”sociological classics” (i.e. Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Simmel, Tönnies and the Chicago-school);
  • Problematize the ”classics discourse” and to present examples of ”alternative classics”, i. e. scholars/texts (particularly focusing on gender and race/ethnicity) that have been influential without having been awarded the status of ”classics” (e.g. Du Bois, de Beauvoir and Fanon);
  • Provide the students with ability to discuss and evaluate the significance and usefulness of ”the classics” in relation to contemporary sociological theory and empirical research.

The course is held on three occasions (altogether four full days). One each occasion, both lectures and seminars will be held. The seminars will he led by the Ph D students, presenting their choice of further reading. At the final seminar the Ph D student examination essays will be presented and discussed.  


Wednesday 4th – Thursday 5th October: Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg

Wednesday 15th –Thursday 16th November: Department of Sociology, Lund University

Wednesday 20 december : Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg

Course leaders: Håkan Thörn (Göteborg) and Bo Isenberg (Lund).

Guest Lecturers: Oscar Andersson, Michael Azar, Axel Fredholm, Carl-Göran Heidegren, Åsa Lundqvist, Per Månson, Fredrik Sunnemark and Kajsa Widergren.

To sign up for the course, send an email, latest by 30 April, to: