The Master’s course in Social Theory is centred around critical scientific engagement with the emergence, stasis and dynamics of societal formations. Society’s institutions are examined in terms of the extent to which they are capable of delivering the fundamental conditions for social cooperation.
This research-based course weaves a socio-philosophical thread between sociological theory, practical philosophy, political theory and applied ethics. Problems associated with the management and organization of societies, identified as being specific to present-day conditions, are studied with a view to highlighting practicable alternatives.
A special feature of this course lies in the range of methods it applies and in the multi-perspectival approach to the structures of present-day society adopted by the subject areas involved. While studying on the course, you will address issues and problems associated with social change, the transformation of the gender order, the phenomena of social differentiation, the legitimacy and normativity of societal order(s) and the structural patterns of social inequality in a theoretically well-grounded way. This approach ensures a balance between social theory and normative ethical concerns and constitutes a particularly outstanding feature of the course.