[ 505EFSWEPSK19 ] KS English for Social Scientists: Productive Skills

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year Languages Ilse Born-Lechleitner 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*)KS English for Social Scientists: Receptive Skills oder KS Kommunikative Fertigkeiten Englisch (B2)
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Sociology 2020W
Objectives Students will develop their ability to use English in interactive communication situations they may encounter in their future professional careers. Students will read autonomously and develop a better understanding of texts with a sociological focus as well as carry on discussions.
Students will develop their ability to express ideas and views on topics related to their field of studies in English.
Students will acquire skills in initiating communication and responding appropriately.
Students will be enabled to adequately improve and master language functions, vocabulary (general and specific) for fluent and spontaneous communication.
Students will develop their skills so they are in the position to discuss ideas and views in both spoken and written English.
Students will gain practical skills in writing.
Students will be encouraged to do research and use the APA citing and referencing standards.
Students will develop presentation skills.
The course aims to improve study skills for social science.
Subject The course covers the themes of social integration, the drivers of social change, the individual and society, as well as examining the social basis of culture and beliefs.

  • Norms, values and beliefs
  • Culture,
  • Media and technology,
  • Popular culture,
  • Trends and tendencies,
  • Subcultures and stigma,
  • Societies, well-known societies, communities,
  • Introduction to race and ethnicity
  • identity, difference and inequalities,
  • Individualism,
  • Multiculturalism,
  • Socialization,
  • Gender.
Criteria for evaluation
  • Two written in-class assessments
  • One group presentation
  • Attendance
  • Participation
  • Paper (minimum 3 pages, abstract, bibliography)
  • Summaries and comments
  • Responses
  • Discussions
  • Student presentations
  • Self-study
  • Individual and group activities
Language English
Study material Giddens, Anthony (ed.). (2006) Sociology. Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 5th ed.
Course materials as in Moodle
Changing subject? No
Corresponding lecture (*)505ENGLES2K15: KS Englisch für SoziologInnen 2 (3 ECTS) ODER
505EFSWES2K16: KS Englisch für SozialwissenschafterInnen 2 (B2+) (3 ECTS)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 30
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority