The Concept of Social Capital and Social Impact
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Sotsiaalse kapitali ja sotsiaalse mõju konseptsioon
Course title in English
The Concept of Social Capital and Social Impact
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
autumn - spring
Assessment form
lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the nature of social capital, its impact on society and the components of social capital - human capital, organizational capital and information capital. Analyze the emergence of social capital, developments and the role of social capital in terms of different actors in society.
Brief description of the course
The course provides a more comprehensive overview of the formation of social capital, theories of social capital and its role in the context of both private and public benefit. The analysis of the well-known theorists (Bourdieu, Coleman, Portes, Lin, Putnam) discusses the nature of social capital. The lectures are structured in combination with a lecture and independent reading at home and discussion of scientific articles.
Subjects cover the following topics:
• Social capital theories;
• The nature of social capital, its study in the world;
• The formation of different components of social capital and their role in the private and public sectors;
• The impact and benefits of social capital in society;
• Social capital components, their nature and roll;
• Measuring and assessing the impact of social capital.

Independent work
Independent work includes:
• Essay writing. An analytical comparison of the various social capital theories - their nature, the content of the theories, the main postulates, the models of action, the impact on society.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completion of the course the student:
• Can explain the essence of social capital and compare the treatment of different social capital from theorists;
• Can describe various components of social capital and their content;
• Can analyze the impact, needs and opportunities of social capital in society;
• Can describe the creation of social capital on the example of the private and public sectors;
• Knows different approaches to measuring social capital.
Assessment methods
Zsolt Bugarszki, PhD Kristo Krumm, MBA
Study literature
Bourdieu, P. (1986) The forms of capital. In J. Richardson (Ed.) Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education (New York, Greenwood), 241-258
Badescu, G., Uslaner, E. M. Social Capital And the Transition to Democracy, Routledge 2003, 239 p.
Fine, B. Social Capital versus Social Theory: Political Economy and Social Science in the Turn of the Millenium. Routledge, 2001, 293 p.
Lin, N. Social Capital. A Theory of Social Structure And Action. Cambridge University Press, 2001, 272 p.
Putnam, R. D. Making democracy work: civic traditions in modern Italy; Princeton University Press, 1993, 258 p

Replacement literature
Bastelaer, T. van, Grootaert, C. Understanding and Measuring Social Capital: A Synthesis of Findings and Recommendations fro the Social Capital Initiative. The World Bank Social Development Department. Social Capital Working Paper Series, Social Capital Initiative, working paper no. 24, April 2001, 31 p.
Coleman, J. S. Foundations of Social Theory. Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1990, 993. lk.
Fukuyama, F. Social capital and the global economy. Foreign Affairs, September/October 1995, Vol. 74 Issue 5, p 89-104.