POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY. BASIC CONCEPTS.

Courses in foreign languages at the Faculty

Leszek Porębski prof. AGH

ECTS: 8
Semester: all

Key words:

POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY. BASIC CONCEPTS. (print)

Course description:



This lecture/discussion course is aimed at the introduction to the field of political sociology. The course is intended for students of sociology and related fields. Thus, the basic background in social sciences is required. Key theories and concepts of sociology of politics will be considered and analysed. We will also discuss topics of relevance not only for scholars but for everyone who is trying to understand social rules of the game.

The following themes and issues constitute the core of the curriculum:



  1. Basic approaches to political analysis and the tradition of political sociology.

  2. Political power, its forms, basic characteristics and role played in social processes.

  3. Democracy, democratic values, conflicts built-in in democratic political system, major challenges for contemporary democracy.

  4. Political mobilization and participation, protest politics, factors stimulating political activity.

  5. Political culture, various definitions, selected typologies, materialism – postmaterialism dimension as the example of the values shift in contemporary democratic societies.



Literature:

A. Basic:

  • Dalton, R. J., Citizen Politics in Western Democracies, Chatham: Chatham House Publishers 1988,

  • Crick, B., In Defence of Politics, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1972

  • Carter, A., Stokes, G., eds., Democratic Theory Today, Cambridge: Polity, 2007.


B. Supplemantary:

  • Verba, S., Nie, N., Participation in America, New York: Harper & Row, 1972.

  • Lasswell, H. D., Harold Lasswell on Political Sociology, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977.

  • Clark, T. N., Ferguson, L., City Money, New York: Columbia University Press, 1983.

  • Clark, T. N., Hoffman-Marinot, V., eds. The New Political Culture, Boulder: Westview Press,1998.

  • Charlesworth, J. C., ed. Contemporary Political Analysis, New York: Free Press, 1967.

  • Ulmer S., ed., Introductory Readings in Political Behavior, Chicago: Rand McNally, 1961.



Grading system:

To provide more flexibility for students , two alternatives are open. You can: 1) take a written assessment, 2) write a paper. Each option uses a different set of weights for the final grade, as shown below:

  1. Paper (Paper 80%, Class 20%)

  2. Written assessment  (Written assessment 80%, Class 20%)


The written assessment covers the whole curriculum of the course.


The paper may address any topic related to the course. It may be a review and critique of a literature,  a comparative study using a background and experience of your country, etc. However the paper should demonstrate familiarity with some readings. Length of the paper: about 10 double-spaced typed pages. Please submit one copy of a paper and a diskette with a file.



Comments:

Course is given on individual tutorial basis.