Englisch Fachsprache Sozialwissenschaften
verantwortlich: Dr. Fabienne Quennet

Reading and Writing for Students of Social Sciences (B1-B2)

SWS: 2


In the present semester, this course is offered as an online course. It consists of exercises and assignments on ILIAS with teacher feedback and guidance as well as course sessions by way of web conference. To create best possible conditions for interaction the web conferences will be held in small groups, at the times advertised below (GMT+1). In total there will be approx. 13 web conferences. You will get access to the ILIAS course approx. one week before the course starts or on the first day of the course.

The ability to use English for communication in international settings is highly important, especially when engaging questions of social relevance. This course will help students within the social sciences and philosophy (i.e. studying at FB03) to build the necessary English language skills as required in their field.

At the end of the course, you will be able to

  • - read subject-specific text types with appropriate speed, both for information and for critical discussion
  • - deal with challenging vocabulary without much delay
  • - produce accurate written summaries and commentaries
  • - use a range of key vocabulary and expressions in your area

We will read a selection of texts from relevant subjects (see below) with the help of supporting online material, and will then discuss the topics in order to develop your critical reading comprehension. This will give you opportunities to practise such key skills as explaining and critiquing viewpoints and developing a line of argument. As the course progresses, there will be clarifications and rich feedback on aspects of language and communication in English. There will be an essay assignment and a test at the end of the semester. The activities and aims of the course are based around the B1-B2 spectrum of the Common European Framework.

Selected list of reading

Berger, P. L. (1979). Sociology as an individual pastime. In Invitation to sociology: A humanistic perspective. Harmondsworth: Penguin. 11-36.

Eriksen, T. H. (2005). Complexity and change. In Small places, large issues: An introduction to social and cultural anthropology. Fourth edition. London: Pluto Press. 308-328.

Kent, L. (2017). Transitional justice and peacebuilding. In Simic, O. (ed.) An Introduction to transitional justice. London and New York: Routledge. 201-220.

Schäfer, A. (2012). Consequences of social inequality for democracy in Western Europe. Zeitschrift für vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, 6(2), 23-45.

50515Reading and Writing for Students of Social Sciences (B1-B2) #Fr08:30-10:00Online-Kurs29.10.-11.02.Ruben Biekerentgeltfreikeine Buchung