Management of social conflicts

dr Mateusz Karolak
Number of hours: 
2h X 15 weeks = 30 hours (1 semester)

The goal of this module is to get students acquainted with advanced social sciences theories and social research analysing and explaining the social conflicts and social negotiations at the various levels of social reality. Social conflicts are considered one of the crucial aspects of social order in the making. The module will help students to understand and develop skills and competences in applying theoretical knowledge about social conflicts. During the class instruction, students will have an opportunity to discuss with practicioners who are involved in negotiations in social conflict situations (e.g.Nomada Association).


1.Assessment of individual student's preparation for the classes and participation in the discussions during the classes (knowledge based on pre-reading, interpretation capabilities, competences for finding and using new concepts and data, capacities of critical assessment of other students' work )
2. Assessment of an oral presentation (15 minutes) on the subject related to the themes of the module based on individually selected data and additional readings;
3. Assessment individual student's preparation for the final written exam based on the knowledge presented during the lecture and knowledge and skills acquired during the classroom instruction

The final mark for class room instruction will be based on criteria 1-2 reflecting the average of two marks: (1) the preparation for classroom discussions; (2) the preparation of oral presentation, with the emphasis on skills and competences (60%). The mark for the written exam will be based on the evaluation of the written answers to two questions, of which one will be theoretical question (knowledge assessment) and the second will be a question aiming at assessing students' skills at interpreting concrete social phenomenon related to the themes of the module.


1. Conflict as a resolution of tension between opposites: disorders, injuries, dissociating elements as the causes of conflicts —hatred and envy, want and desire.

2. State, law, sovereignty, nation-state, human rights.

3. Agency and vulnerability: how to explain the casual powers of social structures.

4. Social welfare expenditures and economic democracy.

5. Religion and hatred: from terrorist organizations to orientalism.

6. Feminism: gendered inequalities and the construction of the self.

7. Contested globalization and ethnic conflicts.

8. Public sociology and Touraine’s method of sociological intervention.

9. Against intelligibility: LGBT movements.

10. Network Politics and Global Democracy.

11. Nutrition as the battlefield of interests.

12. Ecological modernization and Post-ecological politics.

13. Technoscience and the body.