Thomas Ferst: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2019

NameMr Thomas Ferst
Schweiz.- u. Int. Sicherheitspol.
ETH Zürich, IFW C 49.1
Haldeneggsteig 4
8092 Zürich
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences

853-0064-00LMilitary Sociology I3 credits2VT. Szvircsev Tresch, S. De Rosa, T. Ferst
AbstractBeside of the most important terms of sociology, demographic changes and the related value and structure change will be analysed. The second part focuses on organizational sociology. Thirdly, the course examines to which extent armed forces can be considered as organizations like any other and to which extent they constitute a special case from an organizational and normative point of view.
ObjectiveRecognize and explain current changes (social change) in modern society (individualisation, pluralisation); describe demographic changes in Switzerland; explain the structures of societies; define issues and fields of research in modern military sociology and explain the foundations of organisational sociology; explain the military in terms of organisational sociology and identify specific traits of the military as an organisation.
ContentSocietal change; organizations as societal phenomena; aims, structures, environments of organizations; specifics of the military as an organization; impacts of technological and societal changes on the armed forces in modern societies.
LiteratureA reader with a set of texts will be handed out.