Course code Soci6012

Credit points 2

Theories of Postmodernism

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours56

Date of course confirmation19.02.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Dina Bite

Dr. sc. soc.

Prior knowledge

Soci5017, Sociological Theory

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to deepen knowledge on current phenomena and processes in society using modern ideas of social theories. Knowledge, skills and competencies will allow to analyse and to solve problems of contemporary society and organizations.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge – master students are familiar with main concepts and ideas of postmodern social theories, they are aware of topical themes and problems of society.
• Skills – ability to use them in order to analyse different social problems.
• Competence – ability to choose appropriate conceptions to solve important issues in society and to implement innovative look in activities of organizations.

Compulsory reading

1. Seidman S. The Postmodern Turn: New Perspectives on Social Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. 313 p.
2. Hatch M.J., Cunliffe A.L. Organization Theory: modern, symbolic and postmodern perspectives. 3d ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 351 p.
3. Featherstone M. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2007. 203 p.
4. Ritzer G. Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002. 312 p.

Further reading

1. Waters M. Modernity: Critical Concepts. Volume IV. After Modernity. London: Routledge, 2001. 491 p.
2. Nicholson L.J. Feminism/Postmodernism. New York: Routledge, 2013. 347 p.
3. Allan K. Contemporary social and sociological theory : visualizing social worlds. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Pine Forge Press, 2006. 455 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. European Journal of Social Theory [Tiešsaiste] [Skatīts 31.01.2014.] Pieejams:, SAGE Publications Ltd, London
2. Current Sociology [Tiešsaiste] [Skatīts 01.03.2013.] Pieejams:, SAGE Publications Ltd, London
3. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews [Tiešsaiste] [Skatīts 31.01.2014.] Pieejams:, SAGE Publications Ltd, London