Gaining an Edge

The course discusses topics in sociological theorizing and methodology.

Final assessment

Write a literature review paper on a topic of your choice (approx. 5 pages + bibliography) emphasizing:

  • The specificity of the sociological approach, in relation with perspectives from other disciplines on the given topic;
  • Choose one or more course topics (discussed in 2017/2018, see below) and relate these concepts and authors to your discussion; course materials have been distributed via email;
  • The sociological concepts and theories that you chose to approach the selected topic; what are the controversies within the sociological field?
  • Include and discuss the relevant articles from the Annual Reviews of Sociology and Annual Reviews of Anthropology
  • The authors whom you consider most relevant for your discussion, in sociology and related disciplines.
Submit it by e-mail, by January 22nd, 2018, at

Topics & Invited speakers 2017 / 2018

  • Theorizing gender in social research (Cosima Rughiniș)
  • The concept of “social construction” in sociological research (Lazăr Vlăsceanu)
  • Challenges in present-day market research (Alin Teodorescu)
  • Classical sociological theorists (Călin Cotoi)
  • Contemporary sociological theory and methodological orientation (Lazăr Vlăsceanu)
  • John Urry and the paradigm of mobility in sociology (Gabriel Jderu)
  • Paula Tufiș
  • Vasile Dâncu
  • Liviu Chelcea and Erin McElroy
  • Dumitru Sandu
  • Adrian Curaj