408316 VU Selected Sociological Topics: Sociology of digital markets

summer semester 2022 | Last update: 11.02.2022 Place course on memo list
VU Selected Sociological Topics: Sociology of digital markets
VU 2
every 2 weeks

Curr. 2021 § 5 (1) 15: This module serves to deepen selected subject areas of sociology. The students specialize in one or more subject(s) and acquire in-depth knowledge in them.

Digitalization is accompanied by a change in society, economy and politics that is proceeding at high speed. Digitization can be understood as a mixture of diverse developments that are often contested and can always be shaped. Information and communication technologies are changing how people communicate, coordinate and organize themselves with one another. But they also change social spaces and behaviour that deviates from norms. This VU deals with the digital transformation of legal and illegal markets. Here, a market is understood as an arena in which exchange takes place through social relationships. Does the digitization of markets just open up new possibilities and innovations or do they also help to overcome social inequalities? On the one hand, theoretical approaches from criminology and economic sociology are presented and discussed, e.g. platformization as a digital market order. On the other hand, specific legal and illegal markets are examined with the help of theoretical-analytical approaches.

Preparatory reading of often English-language texts, their presentation and discussion in the plenary as well as continuation of the content and linking of the basic literature are the focus.

Regular and active contributions to discussions and group work in plenary, timely submission of written text reflections on all texts of the basic literature, oral live presentation of a basic text in the group, co-moderation of a unit with colleagues.

Aspers, Patrik (2015): Märkte. Berlin: Springer VS.

Beckert, Jens & Dewey, Matias (eds.) (2017): The Architecture of Illegal Markets: Towards an Economic Sociology of Illegality in the Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Martin, James / Cunliffe, Jack / Munksgaard, Rasmus (2019): Cryptomarkets: a research companion, Bingley: Emerald.

Rüdiger, Thomas-Gabriel / Bayerl, Petra S. (Hg.) (2020): Cyberkriminologie. Kriminologie für das digitale Zeitalter. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Stratton, Greg / Powell, Anastasia / Cameron, Robin (2017): Crime and Justice in Digital Society: Towards a ‘Digital Criminology’? International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 6(2), 17–33.

Tzanetakis, Meropi / Stöver, Heino (Hg.) (2019): Drogen, Darknet und Organisierte Kriminalität. Herausforderungen für Politik, Justiz und Drogenhilfe. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.


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Date Time Location
Fri 2022-03-11
13.30 - 16.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Fri 2022-03-25
11.00 - 14.00 SR 5 (Sowi) SR 5 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2022-04-01
13.30 - 16.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Fri 2022-04-29
11.00 - 14.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Fri 2022-05-06
11.00 - 14.00 SR 6 (Sowi) SR 6 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2022-05-20
11.00 - 14.00 SR 6 (Sowi) SR 6 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2022-06-03
13.30 - 16.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Fri 2022-06-10
11.00 - 14.00 SR 6 (Sowi) SR 6 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2022-06-24
13.30 - 15.15 eLecture - online eLecture - online