Social and Political Theory

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Social and Political Theory

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Economics, International Economics, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    Ability to solve problems, through both analysis and synthesis. Development of team work skills and of the skills for both oral and written expression. Improvement of critical reasoning skills and development of a commitment to upholding ethical standards. Development of the motivation to accomplish high quality work.
    This course provides students with tools to learn classic sociological theory, including its major schools. It also
    stresses the teaching of major concepts in classical approaches to sociology, when they refer to human society. It also develops the necessary skills to identify problems and different sociological perspectives.


    This module covers the work of the founding "fathers" of sociological theory. It discusses the most influential
    sociologists in the mid-19th-early 20th century period, in a way that emphasizes those conceptual and analytical contributions that remain relevant today. To demonstrate this relevance, the module refers to contemporary texts that update the work of the founders of sociology as a discipline. The module includes Tocqueville, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel.


    It will be developed through:
    Theoretical classes (2 credits ECTS) for the adquisition of skills related to learning social theory and its main
    Practical classes (2 credits ECTS) that include practical tasks and individual activities: searching for references at the library, oral presentations, and other practices; All these tasks are oriented to the adquisition of skills directly related to the modlue that is taught, in particular, the capacity to identify problems and sociological perspectives, as well as the ability to utilize conceptual tools from classical theorists.


    The evaluation will be based on the student's work during the course, which will count for 40% of the final grade,
    and on a final exam at the end of the quatrimester, which will count for 60% of the final grade.
    % end-of-term-examination: 60
    % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?): 40

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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