Economic Sociology

Ekonomska sociologija

Course credits:

5.00 ECTS / 50 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 20 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela






Second semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of Analitical Sociology

Objectives and competences

The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand the social embeddedness of economic life and economic institutions.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The boom in economic sociology at the end of the 20th century represents an attempt to overcome the sharp and unproductive separation of economic and sociological analysis and concepts. An important contribution of contemporary economic sociology is provision of an alternative to the "economic imperialism" in the social sciences and to the neoclassical economic paradigm and interpretation of economic and social phenomena. Economic development is embedded in the society. It is caused by actions of social actors in the context of existing social structures. Economic institutions are created, operate and are changing in the social context. The purpose of the course is to acquaint the students with the analysis and understanding of the social conditionality of economic phenomena. We will present concepts that apply sociological perspective (and tradition) in the analysis of contemporary economic developments. Theoretical and methodological content will be linked to the analysis of the current social and economic trends and events, such as ownership and economic changes, the introduction of the common European currency, the functioning of financial markets and the disproportionate economic power-sharing between women and men. The central themes: economic sociology at the turn of the 20th into the 21st century; comparison of the economic and sociological methodological approach; trust and cooperation in economic life; redefinition of capital in economic life (the importance of social capital); social construction and ranking of economic institutions (money market, ownership); companies (change, environment, network relations within and between organizations); globalization (division of power between and within countries); gender structure of economic life; socio-economic changes in the countries of Eastern and Central Europe.

Intended learning outcomes:

Students will gain knowledge that will help them understanding economic institutions and phenomena as parts of the wider social environment. Sociological theoretical concepts that will be discussed will enable the understanding of the phenomena of economic life which have long been the subject of sociological analysis (money, market, capitalism)and newer areas of sociological analysis.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures, seminars, discussions of literature and results of student assignments.


Final score: assessment of coursework (33%), 2 written examinations (tests) (67%). At the seminar, students will present seminar papers. A written examination will consist of questions on topics discussed in lectures and seminars. Students could once improve the exams/seminar work grades. The deadline for improvements will be determined after the completion of lectures.

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Granovetter, Mark S. (ur.); Swedberg, Richard (ur.)
Title: The sociology of economic life »
Edition: 3rd ed.
Publishing: Boulder : Westview, cop. 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8133-4455-3
COBISS.SI-ID: 19933192 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Smelser, Neil J. (ur.); Swedberg, Richard (ur.)
Title: The handbook of economic sociology »
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publishing: Princeton (New Jersey) ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press ; New York : Russell Sage Foundation, cop. 2005
ISBN: 0-691-12125-7; 0-691-12126-5
COBISS.SI-ID: 5027412 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
Notes: Dostop za FDV za neomejeno število uporabnikov. Dostop tudi v Zebri
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Zelizer, Viviana A. Rotman
Title: Economic lives : how culture shapes the economy »
Edition: 3rd printing, 1st paperback printing
Publishing: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2013, cop. 2011
ISBN: 978-0-691-15810-5
COBISS.SI-ID: 33449309 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
Notes: Dostop za Univerzo v Ljubljani. Dostop tudi v Zebri
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full and part study

  1. Lectures, seminars and individual consultations
    Midterm exam
    Short seminar paper or short assignments - 1.
    Midterm exam

Curriculum was last modified on: 08.06.2020