Social Ontology


Course Objective

The main aim of this course is to introduce students to social ontology.
The students will be able to understand the philosophical and scientific
controversies regarding social objects (e.g. groups of individuals,
universities) and the analysis thereof. The students will be able to
engage in constructive and critical discussions on these topics.

Course Content

The course covers ontological questions (e.g. what is the university?)
and methodological questions (e.g. can or should we analyze a group in
terms of its individuals?). The course focuses on recent work within
analytical philosophy. Main topics include the social sciences,
naturalism/interpretation, (collective) intentionality, rational choice
theory, group agency, social institutions, race, and gender.

Teaching Methods

Interactive lectures and close reading seminars.

Method of Assessment

Group presentations in class (20%)
Two written assignments (40% each)


Literature will be made available on Canvas.

Target Audience

Bachelors students in philosophy and in different areas of the social
sciences with interests in foundational, philosophical questions.

Recommended background knowledge

Familiarity with general analytic philosophy.

General Information

Course Code W_BA_SOC
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. C. Dutilh Novaes
Examiner prof. dr. C. Dutilh Novaes
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

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