Sociology Degree

Sections

Academic Programme

Distribution by semester with Thesis

Distribution by semester without Thesis

Course Discriptions

Academic Programme

Core Courses in Sociology

18 courses x 6 ects + 2 courses x 7 ects + 1 course x 8 ects = 130 ects

1. SPS 101 Introduction to Sociology

2. SPS 102 Classical Sociological Theories

3. SPS 105 Introduction to Social Anthropology

4. SPS 146 Introduction to Qualitative Social Science Methodology (7 ects)

5. SPS 147 Introduction to Quantitative Social Science Methodology (7 ects)

6. SPS 211 Contemporary Sociological Theories

7. SPS 212 History of Sociology

8. SPS 221 Sociology of Deviance

9. SPS 231 Social Stratification

10. SPS 241 Cyprus Society

11. SPS 247 Quantitative research methods in social sciences

12. SPS 269 Basic Principals of Political Economy (8 ects)

13. SPS 301 Cultural Sociology

14. SPS 302 Sociology of Economy

15. SPS 303 Modernity and Postmodernity

16. SPS 306 Social Movements

17. SPS 314 Political Sociology

18. SPS 333 Sociology of Religion

19. SPS 325 Social Theory and Law

20. SPS 327 Contemporary Trends in Social Theory

21. SPS 401Global Society

Organization and Communication Skills Integrated in the Core Courses Programme

4 courses Χ 5 ects + 1 course X 6 ects= 26 ects

1. Foreign Languages Ι

2. Foreign Languages ΙΙ

3. Foreign Languages ΙΙΙ

4. PSY 102 Introduction to Social Psychology

5. CS 001 Introduction to Computer Sciences (6cr.)

Support and Spesialization Courses

(Deepening and Interdisciplinary Enlargement)

10 courses=60 ects, or 8 courses + THESIS Ι & II = 60 ects

1. SPS 213 Youth and Society

2. SPS 215 Voluntarism: Theory and Practice (3ects)

3. SPS 232 Gender, Power and Politics

4. SPS 243 Social Policy

5. SPS 244 Social Theory and Citizenship

6. SPS 245 Gender, Race and Class

7. SPS 246 Critical Theory and Social Research

8. SPS 304 Sociology of Mass Media

9. SPS 305 Sociology of Tourism

10. SPS 307 Sociology of the Family

11. SPS 308 Criminology

12. SPS 309 International Terrorism

13. SPS 311 Sociology of Minority Groups

14. SPS 313 Immigration and Demography

15. SPS 315 Ethnography

16. SPS 317 Identity and Difference

17. SPS 318 Development and Modernization

18. SPS 319 Anthropology of Religion

19. SPS 320 Ethnicity and Nationalism

20. SPS 321 Religion and Society

21. SPS 322 Political Anthropology

22. SPS 323 Anthropological Theory

23. SPS 324 Transnationalism and International Migration

24. SPS 326 Sociology of Health

25. SPS 328 Sociology of Urbanization

26. SPS 329 Sociology of Technology

27. SPS 330 Sociology of Knowledge

28. SPS 331 Sociology of Work

29. SPS 332 Social Problems

30. SPS 334 Economic and Industrial Society

31. SPS 335 European Economic Integration in the new countries

32. SPS 336 European Economic Integration

33. SPS 337 Social Theory and Ecology

34. SPS 338 Social Theory and Psychoanalysis

35. SPS 339 Cyprus Integration and Harmonization Process (Specific Topics)

36. SPS 340 Social Theory and Cinema

37. SPS 348 Applied Qualitative Research

38. SPS 349 Applied Quantitative Research

39. SPS 402 Truth, Memory and Reconciliation: Comparative Sociological Perspectives

40. SPS 403 Historical Sociology

41. SPS 404 Sociology of Political Parties

42. SPS 405-406 Contemporary Issues in Sociology

43. SPS 407-408 Advanced Topics in Social Theory

44. SPS 420 European Unification & European Culture

45. SPS 421Political Society and the Constitution of Federalism

46. SPS 446 Advanced Issues in Sociology

47. SPS 448 Degree Thesis I

48. SPS 449 Degree Thesis II

* Degree Thesis:

Thesis is optional and is completed during the forth year of studies. A general average grade of 7.0 is required for writing a thesis. Instead of writing a thesis, a student can take two courses from "SUPPORT AND SPECIALIZATION COURSES".

Major and Minor Electives from Other Subject Areas

2 courses from other Departments Χ 6 ects = 12ects

2 from the following: X 6 ects = 12ects

1. SPS 151 Introduction to Political Science

2. SPS 152 Comparative Politics

3. SPS 153 International Relations

4. SPS 154 Political Theory

5. SPS 155 Foreign Policy

6. SPS 156 European Integration

7. SPS 252 Gender and Politics

8. SPS 281 Modern Political Thought

9. SPS 310 Criminal Justice

10. SPS 312 Legal Psychology

11. SPS 316 White Collar Crimes

12. SPS 361 Cyprus and The European Union

13. SPS 373 The Cyprus Problem

14. SPS 383 Political Parties and Elections

15. SPS 366 Social Contract Theory

Total of 40 Courses

33 Courses Χ 6 Ects = 198 Ects

4 Courses Χ 5 Ects = 20 Ects

2 Courses Χ 7 Ects = 14 Ects

1 Courses Χ 8 Ects

or

Total of 40 Courses

31 Courses Χ 6 Ects = 186 Ects

Thesis I & II = 12 Ects

4 Courses Χ 5 Ects = 20 Ects

2 Courses Χ 7 Ects = 14 Ects

1 Courses Χ 8 Ects

TOTAL OF 240 Ects

Distribution by semester with Thesis

TOTAL OF 240 Ects

1st YEAR
1o Semester (29 ects) 2o Semester (30 ects)
1. SPS 101 Introduction to Sociology

2. SPS 102 Classical Sociological Theories

3. SPS 105 Introduction to Social Anthropology

4. Foreign Languages Ι (5 ects)

5. CS 001 Introduction to Computer Sciences (6 ects)

1. PSY 102 Introduction to Social Psychology (5ects)

2. SPS 146 Introduction to Qualitative Social Science Methodology (7 ects)

3. SPS 147 Introduction to Quantitative Social Science Methodology (7 ects)

4. SPS 211 Contemporary Sociological Theories

5. Foreign Languages ΙI (5 ects)

2nd YEAR
3o Semester (29 ects) 4o Semester (32 ects)
1. Foreign Languages ΙII (5 ects)

2. SPS 212 History of Sociology

3. SPS 221 Sociology of Deviance

4. SPS 231 Social Stratification

5. SPS 247 Quantitative research methods in social sciences

1. SPS 241 Cyprus Society and Politics

2. SPS 269 Basic Principals of Political Economy (8 ects)

3. SPS 301 Cultural Sociology

4. SPS 302 Sociology of Economy

5. SPS 303 Modernity and Postmodernity

3rd YEAR
5o Semester (30 ects) 6o Semester (30 ects)
1. SPS 306 Social Movements

2. SPS 314 Political Sociology

3. SPS 321 Sociology of Religion

4. SPS 325 Social Theory and Law

5. SPS 327 Contemporary Trends in Social Theory

1. SPS 401Global Society

2. 1 course from "Major and Minor electives from other subject areas"

3. 3 Courses "Support and Specialization"

4th YEAR
7o Semester (30 ects) 8o Semester (30 ects)
1. SPS 448 Degree Thesis I (6ects)

2. 2 course from "Major and Minor electives from other subject areas"

3. 2 Courses "Support and Specialization"

1. SPS 448 Degree Thesis II (6ects)

2. 1 courses from "Major and Minor electives from other subject areas"

3. 3 Courses "Support and Specialization"

 

Distribution by semester without Thesis

TOTAL OF 240 Ects

1st YEAR
1o Semester (29 ects) 2o Semester (30 ects)
6. SPS 101 Introduction to Sociology

7. SPS 102 Classical Sociological Theories

8. SPS 105 Introduction to Social Anthropology

9. Foreign Languages Ι (5 ects)

10. CS 001 Introduction to Computer Sciences (6 ects)

6. PSY 102 Introduction to Social Psychology (5ects)

7. SPS 146 Introduction to Qualitative Social Science Methodology (7 ects)

8. SPS 147 Introduction to Quantitative Social Science Methodology (7 ects)

9. SPS 211 Contemporary Sociological Theories

10. Foreign Languages ΙI (5 ects)

2nd YEAR
3o Semester (29 ects) 4o Semester (32 ects)
6. Foreign Languages ΙII (5 ects)

7. SPS 212 History of Sociology

8. SPS 221 Sociology of Deviance

9. SPS 231 Social Stratification

10. SPS 247 Quantitative research methods in social sciences

6. SPS 241 Cyprus Society and Politics

7. SPS 269 Basic Principals of Political Economy (8 ects)

8. SPS 301 Cultural Sociology

9. SPS 302 Sociology of Economy

10. SPS 303 Modernity and Postmodernity

3rd YEAR
5o Semester (30 ects) 6o Semester (30 ects)
1. SPS 306 Social Movements

2. SPS 314 Political Sociology

3. SPS 321 Sociology of Religion

4. SPS 325 Social Theory and Law

5. SPS 327 Contemporary Trends in Social Theory

1. SPS 401Global Society

2. 1 course from "Major and Minor electives from other subject areas"

3. 3 Courses "Support and Specialization"

4th YEAR
7o Semester (30 ects) 8o Semester (30 ects)
1. 2 course from "Major and Minor electives from other subject areas"

2. 3 Courses "Support and Specialization"

1. 1 courses from "Major and Minor electives from other subject areas"

2. 4 Courses "Support and Specialization"

 

Course Discriptions

SPS 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

The course is an introductory overview of sociological theory, methodology and research. Its aim is to familiarize students with sociological thinking and argumentation. Special emphasis is laid upon the character of sociology as a science and the historical evolution of the discipline, both in Europe and the USA.

SPS 102 CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES

The course is a systematic introduction into the work of the classic thinkers of the discipline. The aim is to familiarize students with the main issues and problems of sociological theory up to WWII. Special emphasis is laid upon the methodology of sociology, modernity and the key characteristics of capitalist society. The course emphasizes the importance of classical texts and examines the role they continue to play in sociological thinking.

SPS 105 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Social anthropology is the discipline that focuses on the comparative study of society and culture. It aims to reach an understanding of other peoples and societies, as well as to further the understanding of one's own society by reflective mirror. It poses a strong challenge a strong challenge to ethnocentrism and attempts to promote understanding and tolerance between different peoples.

SPS 141 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

The subject provides an introduction to contemporary social psychology; it combines both a theoretical and an applied approach, and offers the opportunity for an empirical study. The course addresses the following areas: socialization of the child, research methods in social psychology, social cognition, social relationships, altruism, human aggression, group behaviour, interpersonal attraction, conformity, obedience, applied social psychological aspects of health and the environment.

SPS 146 INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE SOCIAL SCIENCE METHODOLOGY

This course deals with the scientific method of investigating social phenomena. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with methodology as a part of logical analysis or simply, scientific research. Methodology encourages students to work empirically and to examine and redefine theoretical concepts. The course cultivates habits of scientific thinking which are necessary to counter prejudice. Students are informed about standard scientific procedures and criteria of acceptance, which every discipline has developed. In addition to familiarizing themselves with examples and literature from these areas, students are evaluated on the basis of practical short assignments that should cover at least three different research strategies.

SPS 147 INTRODUCTION TO QUANTITATIVE SOCIAL SCIENCE METHODOLOGY

The course covers the foundations of the field, including the relationship between theory and research, the logic of causation, research design, ethnics of research, issues of reliability and validity, etc. It provides students with an overviewing of the entire research process, including operationalization, techniques for construction of questionnaires, indexes, scales and typologies, sampling, data analysis and different types of social statistics. In addition to familiarizing themselves with examples in each of the above students are evaluated on the basis of practical short assignments that should cover all the major sub-divisions of quantitative research. In addition to familiarizing themselves with examples in each of the above, students are evaluated on the basis of practical short assignments that should cover all the major sub-divisions of quantitative research.

SPS 211 CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES

Beginning with Parson's emphasis on macro-sociology and functionalism, this course then examines various micro-sociological approaches as well as attempts towards the integration of sociological theory between these two poles. Each sociological model is examined by placing it within the socio-historical conditions of its creation. The central issue pursued involves the dualism of structure and action, along with the efforts to transcend it.

SPS 212 HISTORY OF SOCIOLOGY

The course offers a brief historical overview of the evolution of sociological thinking from Comte to Parsons. The emphasis is upon the width, and not the depth, of sociological thought. The course examines the key elements of the work of a wide range of sociologists in Europe as well as in the USA.

SPS 221 SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANCE

The course is a systematic introduction into the conceptual and empirical basis of the sociological analysis of deviance and social control. Special emphasis is laid upon the social construction of deviance and the role played by sociological categories such as social class and gender.

SPS 231 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION

The course is a systematic introduction into theories of class analysis and other approaches to social stratification. It begins by examining the thought of Marx and Weber and moves to more contemporary thinkers. Whereas the emphasis is upon social stratification in modern societies, a comparative-historical perspective is also provided.

SPS 241 CYPRUS SOCIETY AND POLITICS

This course aims at analyzing Cyprus as a whole meaning as a currently divided space that is inhabited by various social and ethnic groups. The course begins with the most contested issue: history. Following this it examines a range of topics, including language and dialect, poetry parties, church and religion, gender and migrants.

SPS 247 Quantitative Analysis in Sociological Research

The course builds on the skills and knowledge acquired by students in previous modules (e.g. ΚΠΕ 147 «Introduction to Quantitative Methods of Social Science Research». The aim is to introduce the students to specific methods of quantitative analysis of empirical data in Social Sciences and especially in Sociology. The curriculum focuses on ways to handle categorical as well as ordinal variables, two types of variables which are very frequently found in datasets in social sciences (e.g. European Social Survey, International Social Survey Programme). The curriculum also covers graphical methods as well as non-parametric methods of analysis.

SPS 269 BASIC PRINCIPALS OF POLITICAL ECONOMY

The aim of the course is to familiarize the student with the basic concepts and methods of political economy. Particular emphasis is given to the theories of value, the repartition of incomes, the theories of crises as well as the evolution tendencies of free market economy. The state and central bank policies, within contemporary economies (fiscal policy, monetary policy, foreign exchange policy) are also examined.

SPS 301 CULTURAL SOCIOLOGY

The course entails the analysis of the relationship between culture and society and focuses on the effect of cultural factors in social behavior. The historical evolution and the different meanings of the terms "culture" and "civilization" are examined, as well as, different approaches toward the study of the field. Specific areas of interest include the study of cultural sub-cultures, the relationship between culture and commericalixation, and the role of mass media in modern culture, the relationship between society and music, cinema, and other art forms, etc.

SPS 302 SOCIOLOGY OF ECONOMY

The course is a systematic introduction into industrial sociology, offering a comparative-historical perspective on industrialization. It examines theories of the industrial revolution and models of scientific management (F. Taylor), the phenomenon of automation, the microelectronic revolution and various phenomena related to post-industrial and information societies.

SPS 303 MODERNITY AND POSTMODERNITY

The interest of this course focuses on the conflict between different logics of modernity with the major issue being whether modernity's project remains incomplete or whether it has exhausted itself and has consequently been replaced by a post – modern condition. The debate will focus on the affinities between modernity and Enlightenment, post – modernity and globalisation and how these relationships reflect upon the epistemological controversy over relativism, the crisis of rationality and method in the social sciences.

SPS 306 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

The course is a systematic introduction into the sociology of social movements. It offers a comparative-historical perspective on the social preconditions of a wide spectrum of social movements, be it of a reformist or a revolutionary character. Theoretical issues are examined, always in reference to the analysis of empirical data, both from Cyprus and from other societies.

SPS 314 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

The course is a systematic introduction into the basic concepts, methodology and empirical research of political sociology. The social basis of politics is examined through the analysis of different systems of political organization, different forms of political action, the role of ideology and the processes of political conflict and change. Special emphasis is laid upon theoretical issues, always in relation to the analysis of empirical data from Cypriot and other societies.

SPS 333 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

The course is a general introduction to the Sociology of Religion. Primary goals are (1) understanding the role of religion in society and (2) understanding the institutional features of religiosity (ceremonies, sects, movements, etc.) Coverage includes both the classical and the contemporary sociological perspectives. The basic issues in the field include the universal spread of secularization and the relationship between globalization and religion. Special mention is reserved for the relations among religion, society and the state in the Graecophone cultural universe, as well as the connections between Greek identity and Eastern Orthodoxy.

SPS 325 SOCIOLOGY OF LAW

This course will evaluate the ongoing symbolic interaction between social and legal theory with reference to phenomena of legal overregulation, juridification of the life world and social conflicts, overload of the legal system by social claims etc. We shall also examine how social theory becomes part of legal theory's self-reflexivity in light of the latter's attempt to reform the legal system.

SPS 327 CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN SOCIAL THEORY

This course aims towards the understanding and critique of newly emerging theoretical models in the social sciences, currently in the process of becoming influential. Particular emphasis is placed on theories of postmodernism, deconstruction and post-colonial criticism.

SPS 401 GLOBAL SOCIETY

The purpose of the course is to examine the repercussions of the globalization from the perspective of post-modernism and cultural theory, and more specifically, the social and cultural consequences fo the Information Age (or Global Age). These consequences include the impact of information technology into family life, community, religion, and other sociological areas of concern; the emergence of risk society; the emergence of new, gendered, racialized or other ethnic or "hybrid" identities; the rise of cosmopolitanism and localism, etc.

SPS 201 SOCIOLOGY OF MUSIC

The course examines the relationship between different musical forms (classical, pop, folk, jazz, etc.) and the societies that created them. Both micro- and macro-sociological approaches are employed to study the functions of different musical forms in varied social contexts as well as to explore the topic of musical production and consumption in modern societies.

SPS 202 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY OF MUSIC & ETHNOMUSICOLOGY

This is an introduction to the history and concepts of ethnomusicology and its relationship to other disciplines in the humanities, mainly anthropology, folklore, linguistics, and historic musicology. Thus, emphasis is placed on the emergence of ethnomusicology as an interdisciplinary field that involves ethnographic methods (e.g. research design, preparing research proposals, participant observation, interviewing, sound and visual recording techniques and technologies, documentation, and ethics and politics of responsibility to research "subjects"),as well as on the use of oral and literate sources. Students are expected to do field research, conduct interviews, and

SPS 213 YOUTH AND SOCIETY

The course focuses on the processes of the socialization of young people into modern society and the various related issues and social problems. Specific topics for coverage include the development of personal identity among adolescents (including the various problems that appear during adolescence); the role of peer groups n the process of socialization; the development of various subcultures as a means of acquiring a personal and group identity; the role of the media in these processes; the role of sexuality as a factor in the process of socialization; the relationship between family and the teenagers and the impact of this relationship upon the youth, etc.

KPE 215: VOLUNTEERISM: THEORY AND PRACTICE (3 ECTS)

The goal of this course is to provide education, engagement and awareness, train as well as mobilize students on volunteering possibilities in organizations in Cyprus. The aim is to develop the critical reflection of students on volunteering issues. The course will have a partly experiential character (non-formal learning), and it will also be based on academic literature.

SPS 232 GENDER, POWER AND POLITICS

This course introduces the students to the basic concepts (gender, sex, masculinity, femininity, gender roles, oppression, private and public spaces, power over and power to, the personal is political, etc) and to the different kinds and goals of feminism as a soxial movement and ideology. The social construction of gender and how it differs in different cultures is also discussed. The presentation and analysis of social and political phenomena is given through the gender perspective perspective in Cyprus, and in various European and non-European societies, including the study of international women´s conferences and their political implications.

SPS 243 SOCIAL POLICY

Social Policy is preoccupied with the administrative practice of welfare provision in the domains of Health Care, Education, Employment, Community Care, Criminality, Unemployment, Mental Health, Gender, Poverty and Ageing Populations etc. In a more general sense this class will address the issue of welfare action beyond governmental jurisdictions

SPS 244 SOCIAL THEORY AND CITIZENSHIP

After the end of the Cold War and the global readjustment of the state to market imperatives the meaning of citizenship comes a new to the forefront of the debate. This class will focus on how social theory evaluates the emergence of new actors and social subjectinties (women, minorities, and social movements) refurbishing the context of liberal democracy on one hand while on the other it will assess how market forces engender new forms of acquiescence, apathy, coercive homogenisation and authoritarian quantification of life.

SPS 245 GENDER, RACE AND CLASS

Gender, Race and Class are conceptualized as constituted and constituting forces which drive the propensity of modernity toward social mobilization reform and/or revolutionary breakthroughs. They will be studied as a cluster of causal reasons that reinforce stratification and concealed violence thereby enhancing a hierarchical model of integrating modernity. At the same time we shall foreground counter-possibilities as these emerge from the cross-breeding of such experiences of oppression through the anti-hierarchical organization of self-ruling communities able to convert necessity into freedom and identity into difference.

SPS 246 CRITICAL THEORY AND SOCIAL RESEARCH

This class explores the evolution of Critical Theory as an uncompromising critique of modern bourgeois civilization. We shall elucidate various ways by which contemporary critical theory keeps inseminating creative research in relatively unsuspected and uncharted areas by critical discourse such as the health industry, criminality, education, city planning, architecture of urban space etc. Main objective is to enable the participants to nurture critical research orientations as specialized forms of social intervention in the modern world.

SPS 304 SOCIOLOGY OF MASS MEDIA

The course is a systematic introduction into the sociology of mass media and communication. It examines the wide spectrum of human communication, with an emphasis upon the role of the mass media in modern societies. The course pays special emphasis upon sociological and communication theories and upon methods of measurement and communication models.

SPS 305 SOCIOLOGY OF TOURISM

The Sociology of Tourism examines both the economic as well as the social aspects of this new industry. Special topics include the development of tourist cities as magnets for global tourism; the motivations behind the rise of international tourism, as well as the theories that explain for the emergence and magnitude of the tourist industry; the evolution of the various types of tourism, rangoing from the so-called "good" environmentally –friendly tourism to the "bad" mass tourism; the cultural, social and economic impact of tourism into the host society; the cultural imperialism thesis as it pertains to the tourist industry; and, finally, the development of specialty tourism, such as eco-tourism, and so on.

SPS 307 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

The course is a systematic introduction into the basic concepts, methodology and empirical research of the sociology of family. The social infrastructure of family life is examined comparatively both in traditional and in modern societies. Emphasis is laid upon the effects of processes of social change and especially modernization on the character and the structures of family life.

SPS 308 CRIMINOLOGY

Following a general review of the field of contemporary criminology and the phenomenon of criminal behaviour in society, the course examines a number of theories of criminal behaviour, including: psychological (Freud, Eysenck) and sociological, ecological, differential association, Marxist, labeling, and composite perspectives. Attention is then focused on offenders and victims in general and with reference in particular to rape, armed robbery, homicide, monoepisodic mass murder, serial murder and white-collar crime. Finally, the FBI´s profiling method is critically evaluated.

SPS 309 INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM

International terrorism is a major social feature of the 21st century. The course examines the definition, nature and ideological dimension of "terrorism in Europe na dhte Middle East. Additionally, the course examines the role, significance and cosequences of the American-led "war on terrorism".

SPS 311 SOCIOLOGY OF MINORITY GROUPS

The issue of minority groups is currently one of the major issues for the New Europe of the 21st century. Different dimensions include the definition, criteria, and rights of minority groups, the relationship between immigration and minority group formation, etc. The course inquires into different aspects of these issues with special attention to particular minority groups inhabiting Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans.

SPS 313 IMMIGRATION AND DEMOGRAPHY

The course examines the phenomenon of immigration and its effects upon the demographic character of modern societies. Both historical and contemporary phenomena are examined and the aim is to relate the phenomenon of immigration to other social, political and cultural processes.

SPS 315 ETHNOGRAPHY

This class examines classic pieces of ethnographic writing, as well as recent attempts of experimental ethnography. These ethnographies are discussed in the light of the theoretical trends that influenced them (or that they initiated), as well as the sociohistorical conditions of their creation. Emphasis is given to the 'literary turn' in anthropology, that analyses ethnographic texts using techniques from literary criticism.

SPS 317 IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE

This class will endeavor to track varying strategies and paths of identity formation focusing however on how these processes run against their own self-generated limits by engendering lethal differences and counter-identities. We shall try to aggregate various implications accruing from the discontents of identity as well as on the compulsive fear of being allegiant to any identity whatsoever, by highlighting new regimes of normalization and resistance associated with them.

SPS 318 DEVELOPMENT AND MODERNIZATION

The course examines the processes of modernization and economic development. The experience of modern Western societies is compared to the experience of societies of the so called Third World, and also the experience of the societies of late development. Emphasis is laid upon the effects of modernization on a wide range of other sociological factors – from politics and the family to religion and cultural production.

SPS 319 ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION

The course begins with an overview of classic sociological and anthropological approaches to religion. A significant question raised is whether anthropology explains religion or rejects it. Can religious phenomena be approached through an anthropological viewpoint, or are they primarily issues related to esoteric, mystical experiences? Other questions raised are: What exactly is magic? Does the world inevitably move towards secularism? Is religion an illusion? If so, why does it exist? Is religion a means of oppression, or resistance? What is the role of ritual? How can contemporary sects and New Age Movements be explained?

SPS 320 ETHNICITY AND NATIONALISM

The course examines the social dimension of ethnicity and the construction of national identities. The focus is upon the development of nationalism, ethnic relations, the formation of the nation state, and the production, as well as the consumption, of nationalist ideology. The emphasis is upon the global scene, but systematic references are also made to Cypriot society.

SPS 322 POLITICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Political anthropology is the cross-cultural comparative examination of politics. It focuses on the following issues: power and authority, stratification and inequality, ideology, violence, the political role of ritual and religion, resistance, political identity and nationalism.

SPS 323 ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY

A general overview of the main theoretical currents expressed through Social Anthropology during the 20th century. The key theoretical schools (Functionalism, Structural-Functionalism, Stucturalism, Marxist Anthropology, Transactionalism and Action Theory, Anthropology of Gender, Hermeneutical Anthropology, Post-Modernism and Post-Colonial Studies) will be discussed on the basis of classic ethnographies representing each school.

SPS 324 TRANSNATIONALISM KAI INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION

Never before so many people have crossed national boundaries and are currently living outside their country of origin. The new immigrants maintain their cultural and other ties with their countries of origin. Within the advanced industrialize countries, the success of the post-1960 multiculturalist projects has led to open acknowledgement of cultural difference. The new immigrants or "transmigrants" maintain their ties with their homelands and acquire multiple identities whereby the cultural and civic aspects of heir newly acquired identities as residents in their host countries. The constant weaving of these transnational relationships provides the most prominent example of the transnational experience world wide. New transantional communities are being created that connect villages, individuals, states, regions, and movements across borders and create new dynamics in a host of domains, including religion, family, economic development, and so on.

SPS 326 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH

The course is a systematic introduction into the basic concepts, the methodology and the empirical research of the sociology of health. Special emphasis is laid upon the social relativity of disease (physical as well as mental) and also upon the ways whereby organized society and especially the state provide for people's health.

SPS 328 SOCIOLOGY OF URBANIZATION

The course is a systematic introduction into the sociology of urban life and urbanization. The development of cities is examined in a comparative-historical perspective, and the focus is upon those processes of urbanization, which are connected with the wider phenomenon of modernization. The emphasis is upon the effects of urbanization on a wide range of other social processes – economic, political and cultural.

SPS 329 SOCIOLOGY OF TECHNOLOGY

The course is a systematic introduction into the sociology of technology, analyzing the effects of technological development upon social life. Various theoretical approaches are examined, both from classical and contemporary sociology, always in reference to the analysis of empirical data, both from Cypriot and other societies.

SPS 330 SOCIOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE

The course is systematic introduction into the concepts, methodology and empirical research of the sociology of knowledge. The analysis of the relation between knowledge and society is examined in classical sociology (especially work of Marx and Durkheim) and the more recent and more systematic sociology of knowledge that develops out of the thought of Scheller, Manheim, Schutz, Berger and Luckmann. Special emphasis is laid upon the relation between consciousness and modernity, ideological thinking and the consciousness of everyday life. An extensive introduction into social phenomenology is also provided.

SPS 331 SOCIOLOGY OF WORK

The course is a systematic introduction into the sociology of work, analyzing the historical evolution of the concept of work and trade unionism. Various theoretical approaches, both from classical and contemporary sociology, are examined and students are familiarized with empirical research in the sociology of work.

SPS 332 SOCIAL PROBLEMS

The course examines a wide range of social problems (from violence in the family and hooliganism to the use of drugs and unemployment) in Cypriot and other societies. The aim is to use basic conceptual frameworks from sociology in order to analyze the meaning of these problems and their effects upon social life.

SPS 336 EUROPEAN ECONOMIC INTEGRATION

Introduction to the economic development and social expansion of the European Union. Perception of the EU as a social and economic system. Students will develop an understanding of the different ways in which European integration has been understood, and what this implies for the trajectory that the EU is likely to take in the future. To complement this analysis, a number o crucial issues pertaining to the role of technology will be discussed, including an overview of important policy areas, institutional design, relations between Member States and the EU, Economy, Society and Technology and Technological Change, Social Europe and Social Policy.

SPS 337 SOCIAL ECOLOGY

Under the post-materialist constellation of values that increasingly characterizes contemporary circumstances, social theory is called to inquire into the crisis of the urban and natural environment in terms of a crisis of anthropocentric morality pronounced historically by utilitarianism and institutionalized by the neoliberal theory of the free market which foregrounded and valorized an instrumental attitude with respect to the satisfaction of human interests and needs. The critical issue to be addressed therefore is whether modern trends in social theory may inspire a shift away from anthropocentrism toward a biocentric sociological agenda that will reformulate the social contract in the context of the urban and natural environment.

SPS 338 SOCIAL THEORY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

This course will focus on the influential but neglected contribution of psychoanalysis to the evolution of social theory. Being one of the major responses to the crisis of modernity and its varying manifestations of subjectivity, psychoanalysis is well suited for theoretical investment in the direction of expanding and renewing sociological concerns. Beyond any therapeutic claims by psychoanalysis, social theory aspires to accommodate it in terms of a hermeneutic theory of subjectivity as well as a theory of social reproduction operating at the interface of society, culture and subjectivity.

SPS 340 SOCIAL THEORY AND CINEMA

In this class we shall approach cinema as a textual system by rereading concepts of psychoanalytic, Marxist and post-structuralist social theory in the context of cinema. We shall deal with cinema as industry, institution and as system of representation that rewrites the subjects in their social positions.

SPS 348 APPLIED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

This course expands the knowledge of qualitative techniques and applies it to specific contexts. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of participant and non-participant observation, focus groups, semiotics, content analysis, in-depth interview and ethnography through the application of these techniques into practice. Using one or more continuous projects, students are expected to perform all the major steps of qualitative research, culminating into one of more research reports.

SPS 349 APPLIED QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH

This course expands the knowledge of quantitative techniques and applies it to the analysis of data sets. Students will familiarize themselves with relevant statistical packages suitable for the social sciences (SPSS, SAS or another major statistical package), as well as with the relevant sources of data at the national, EU, and international level, Emphasis is placed on the use of this knowledge in practice. Using relevant statistical packages, students will conduct (and will be evaluated on) specific exercises designed to help them gain an understanding of the employment of quantitative methods in applied social research.

SPS 402 TRUTH, MEMORY AND RECONCILIATION: COMPARATIVE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

From the discussion regarding the Holocaust and the Nuremberg Trials, to the current debates regarding 'Truth, Justice and Reconciliation' like the South African 'Truth and Reconciliation Committee', this class compares the key efforts that took place in various societies. The major axes of debate revolve around four issues: justice, reconciliation, memory and historical truth. These topics are examined with a sociological emphasis on the relationship of such efforts with the public at large, regarding the planning, participation and results.

Key text: States of Denial, Stanley Cohen (Polity, 2001)

SPS 403 HISTORICAL SOCIOLOGY

Historical Sociology uses the historical record as a means for developing specific generalizations about human societies. The field covers the entire human record, but typically, coverage focuses on the factors and processes involved in the process of societal modernization. Specific sub-fields covered include: comparative-historical sociology, world-system analysis, social history, world history (a sub field shared with historians), the figurational sociology (of the late Norbert Elias), etc.

SPS 404 SOCIOLOGY OF POLITICAL PARTIES

We shall examine phenomena of party and parliamentary oligarchy and bureaucratization of party apparatuses; their dependence and accountability to the media industries rather than their own constituencies; their international relations, linkages between parties governments and unions; phenomena of managerial catch-all parties, single issue-parties, antiparty parties, movement-parties, the party-state, European parties etc.

SPS 420 EUROPEAN UNIFICATION & EUROPEAN CULTURE

EU enlargement & the cultural changes in the European societies of the 21st century have reconfigured the debate on the construction of a single cultural area, while it also maintains the multiplicity of national and local societies and cultures. Some specific topics covered include the degree to which Eastern and Western European societies have converged, the processes of Europeanization and Americanization and their consequences, as well as the debate on Europe´s boundaries.

SPS 421 POLITICAL SOCIETY AND THE CONSTITUTION OF FEDERALISM

This class will examine the comparative constitution of political societies and federal systems by way of civil wars, international conflicts and class confrontations identifying the role played by communities, parties, ecclesiastical organizations, economic foundations, theological and ideological disputes in the process of state-formation and federalization. Main objective is to take the constitutional challenge of founding new federal states along with the case ofCyprus and place them in a comparative framework of theoretical debate.

SPS 447 ADVANCED ISSUES IN SOCIOLOGY

This course is open to the basic themes of sociological inquiry, depending on the person teaching it. It is an advanced course, aiming at in depth analysis and research on a particular topic.