Courses in sociology at MS
Students in natural sciences take one course compulsory course in sociology. Students on economics - mathematics line take two compulsory courses but students on sociology - history line take four compulsory courses.
FÉLA2ES05 (ms) - The Individual and Society
This is a base course in sociology that deals with the basic functions of society and the effects they have on individuals and their life. Students learn how to apply a sociological viewpoint on the functions of society. The main theories in the field are introduced, i.e. synergy, interaction- and conflict theories, as well as the pioneers in sociology. Emphasis is placed on students getting to know the culture, religion and functions of different societies and gain skills in taking an active part in sociological discussion, form an opinion in a conscious and critical fashion. Students learn sociological terms and become aquainted with sociological factors that direct the thoughts and actions of the individuals within the society. The main goal of the course is to have students become aware of how society affects them and they can affect society
FÉLA2KR05(ms) - Theories and Research Methods in Sociology
In this course emphasis is placed on the main theories of sociology, such as synergy, interaction- and conflict theories. The ideas of the pioneers in the field are worked with and the connection with different theories is studied. Students are introduced to the research methods in the field of sociology where several well-known research cases are studied. Students are trained in using qualitatitve and quantitative research methods and link them to different theories. The connection between the individual and society in the light of different theories is used. The wide area of sociology is dealt with and students are trained in applying a sociological insight in interpreting society, both commonly and in relation to specific subjects. They learn how to follow a scientific research process where emphasis is placed on methodological and ethical problems connected to research in social sciences. The main emphasis in the course is on increasing interest in, knowledge and understanding of theories and research methods. Students should be capable of evaluating, take a stand and discuss in a critical fashion research in social sciences and apply them somewhat.
FÉLA2KY05(ms) - Gender Studies
In this course the basic concepts of gender studies are dealt with. The history of equal rights affairs and the fight for equal rights in Iceland and abroad is dealt with. Concepts such a stereotypes, gender, gender roles, patriarchy, to name a few, are clearly illuminated. Gender-based violence, human trafficking, porn and pornofication is also dealt with. Various forms of gender bias are looked at analysed. The material is put into context with currnet affairs related to gender studies and students' daily life. Thus the involvement of media and agents of socialisation is looked at through the lens of gender studies. Students are encouraged to take great part and influence the subject material of the course. In this way the course is based on the students' activity and participation where put to the test are things like self-examination, an analysis of their surroundings, and a discussion of their own attitudes as well as that of others.
FÉLA2SF05(ms) - Political Science
In this course political science is introduced as a field of study. Emphasis is placed on students working with concepts and gaining an understanding of the ideology of the field. Also introduced are various political agendas and students learn how it is possible to interpret different political systems and political participation from various theories with emphasis on Iceland. Democracy is discussed, i.e. its basis, form and practice. Students will recognise different stakeholders inside politics and the practice of power.
FÉLA3AF05(ms) - Criminology
A continuation course where emphasis is placed on applying theories and research methods with the goal of increasing students' of criminology as a field of study in mind. Students aquire skills in applying the basic concepts of criminology, work with the effect of deviation on society, and a definition and categorisation of criminal offence. The aim is also to make students able to know the correlation between culture and crimes. It is important that students be able to analyse the societal process behind the behaviour of criminals. In this way, an emphasis is placed on the student being able to discuss deviations and crimes from a sociological standpoint and apply sociological concepts and theories about the the material.
FÉLA3ÞR05(ms) - Developing Countries
A continuation course where emphasis is placed on the international community with an emphasis on the relations between nation states and international institutions. Globalisation and developing countries is discussed. The main terms defined and the situation of developing countries and globalisation it considered. The cause and effect of poverty in developing countries is considered. Developing countries and developed countries are compared and the interaction between them looked at. Icelandic modern society will be especially considered in this context. Development aid and development cooperation will be defined in historical light. The main theories on development and development cooperation are introduced.
FÉLA3LO05(ms) - Final project
In this course the emphasis is on the students making use of the knowledge and skills they have learned from their studies in sociology at the school with special emphasis on methodology, research work and documentation. Students choose a research subject in collaboration with the teacher each time. In their research, students can build on past knowledge in their studies. Students do their research project individually, in pairs, or in groups. Once research work is concluded students write a research report and other promotional material. Students are meant to introduce their research to their fellow students, e.g. with posters, on video, a webpage, in brochures, or on slides Much emphasis is placed on individual work methods though teachers will give them guidance.
Prerequisite: 5 upper secondary credits on level three in socoiology