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General information:
Name:
Key Indicators in the Social Sciences
Course of study:
2018/2019
Code:
HSO-2-221-II-s
Faculty of:
Humanities
Study level:
Second-cycle studies
Specialty:
Innovations and social interventions
Field of study:
Sociology
Semester:
2
Profile of education:
Academic and practical
Lecture language:
English
Form and type of study:
Full-time studies
Course homepage:
 
Responsible teacher:
prof. Sackmann Reinhold (reinhold.sackmann@soziologie.uni-halle.de)
Academic teachers:
prof. Sackmann Reinhold (reinhold.sackmann@soziologie.uni-halle.de)
Module summary

Indicators are numbers that try to show something: they are dense realities that coproduce social processes. We want to analyse in the seminar why in our society the number of indicators used is increasing.

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence
M_K001 To develop critical thinking skills in discussion. SO2A_K04 Presentation,
Essay,
Activity during classes
Skills
M_U001 To compare the genesis and effects of different forms of indicators. SO2A_U03 Presentation,
Essay,
Activity during classes
M_U002 To apply conceptual analysis to case studies on specific indicators. SO2A_U01, SO2A_U03 Presentation,
Essay,
Activity during classes
Knowledge
M_W001 To understand the methodology of indicators. SO2A_W01 Presentation,
Essay,
Activity during classes
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Others
E-learning
Social competence
M_K001 To develop critical thinking skills in discussion. + - - - - - - - - - -
Skills
M_U001 To compare the genesis and effects of different forms of indicators. + - - - - - - - - - -
M_U002 To apply conceptual analysis to case studies on specific indicators. + - - - - - - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 To understand the methodology of indicators. + - - - - - - - - - -
Module content
Lectures:

Indicators are numbers that try to show something: they are dense realities that coproduce social processes. We want to analyse in the seminar why in our society the number of indicators used is increasing. We want to find out, why specific interests are bundled in indicators. We want to study, how indicators influence social processes. In the last step, alternatives to indicators are checked. Key indicators like the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Human Development Index (HDI) are used as case studies. Other topics are indicators measuring gender inequality, sustainability, unemployment, financial insecurity, happiness, poverty, state efficiency, risk, and corruption.

Course Objectives:

To get an overview on different theories on evaluation and indicators (quantification theories, theories of valuation, economy of convention, actor-network theory, Foucault’s theory of population).

To understand the methodology of indicators.

To compare the genesis and effects of different forms of indicators.

To develop critical thinking skills in discussion.

To apply conceptual analysis to case studies on specific indicators.

To take what you have learned in this course and see the continuing implications and relevance.

Schedule:

Session I: Introduction, background. Key concept key indicator.

Topic II: Case study on the history of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Topic III: Theories of quantification: Foucault, economy of convention, actor-network theory.

Topic IV: Interpenetration of state and society II. Civil society and interest organizations. Types: clubs, movements, organizations. Activation. Case study: Trade unions in Germany, France and Poland.

Topic V: Methodology of creating indicators.

Topic VI: Empirical case studies: unemployment, financial stability, sustainability, happiness.

Final session: Discussion of results.

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 120 h
Module ECTS credits 4 ECTS
Participation in lectures 30 h
Preparation for classes 28 h
Preparation of a report, presentation, written work, etc. 30 h
Preparation of a report, presentation, written work, etc. 30 h
Contact hours 2 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:

Exams: There will be one 10 minute oral presentation during the course. The material will be one article or book chapter. This presentation is worth 30% of your grade.

Essay: After the course a seven page essay on the topic of the presentation is to be written. This essay is worth 60% of your grade.

Attendance and Participation: This includes participation in class discussions and analysis of indicators during class sessions. You will not be successful in this course without regular class attendance. This is worth 10% of your grade.

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Recommended literature and teaching resources:

All material for this course will be available on AGH’s Scholar’s Panel

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