Studying economic sociology

Academic year 2018-2019, courses in English

Spring Semester 2018

SOST0043 Economic Sociology and Everyday Life, Lectures, 3 ECTS  

SOST0044 Economic Sociology and Everyday Life, Essay, 2 ECTS

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers the study module of Finnish and Nordic Society and Culture in English.


Academic year 2017-2018, courses in English

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers the study module of Finnish and Nordic Society and Culture in English.

Spring Semester 2018
Perspectives in Economic Sociology: The course will be organized in the spring term 2018. Unfortunately there is no possibility to take the course during fall semester 2017. More detailed information on the course is available in December 2017 the latest.




Academic year 2016-2017, instructions and courses in English

Kindly note that these instructions and courses are available in academic year 2016-2017. In the academic year 2017-2018 The Faculty of Social Sciences offers the study module of Finnish and Nordic Society and Culture in English.

Book exams in Economic Sociology are available until 31 October 2017.

Courses in economic sociology are open to students in all faculties. Students can either minor in economic sociology or take individual course/courses. The economic sociology minor consists of 25-28 ECTS cr, freely chosen of the courses listed in the syllabus. Lectures are held in the premises of Faculty of Social Sciences (Publicum). Please note that pre-registration for the courses is usually not required. To sign up for an exam, please use the Electronic Exam Service. Students can see their exam results in Nettiopsu.  For course descriptions and dates of examination, see Study Guide.


Economic Sociology at University of Turku

Economic sociology is interested in the role of social relationships in economy. The discipline aims at understanding the markets and the consumption patterns of individuals. By studying economic sociology, students get acquainted with economic operational environments and their central features. Students will also learn to examine various economic phenomena from a social perspective as part of a wider societal context. Economic sociology also acquaints the student with the philosophical questions associated with the market economy.
The courses of economic sociology concentrates on the following themes:

  • consumption and consumer behavior 
  • culture, way of life, and cultural tastes
  • working life and organizations
  • networks and social structures
  • digitalization and social interaction

Good tools for work life

Thanks to its wide research areas, studies in economic sociology provide good prerequisites for the understanding of contemporary society. An economic sociologist is capable of analyzing social changes and individual behavior and applying this knowledge in her/his assignments.

Economic sociologists act in R&D and in tasks of human management. These include, e.g., trade, industry, banking and research. Moreover, those who have studied economic sociology are placed in non-profit organizations and public administration in specialist assignments and management. The combination of economic and social viewpoints represents strength on the labor market.

Typical occupational titles are, e.g.:

  • Personal Manager 
  • Communication Manager 
  • Research Manager
  • Ministerial Officer
  • Secretary General
  • Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Educator
  • Consultant