COURSE INFORMATION
Course Title: INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
Code Course Type Regular Semester Lecture Recit. Lab Credits ECTS
PIR 103 B 1 - - - 3 5
Lecturer and Office Hours: Jubjana Vila
Teaching Assistant(s) and Office Hours: -
Language: English
Compulsory/Elective: Compulsory
Classroom and Meeting Time: N/A
Course Description: -
Course Objectives: This course discusses the study of power and politics from sociological perspective. It introduces students with macro-concepts such as formation of nation states, political institutions and sources of political and social change. From a micro perspective, it examines how social identities and groups influence individual political behavior, such as voting, attitudes, and political participation. The end goal is to study the political system less mechanically and focus more on its underlying social forces.
COURSE OUTLINE
Week Topics
1 Introduction: What is Political Sociology?
2 Power, State and Society
3 Globalization and Social Change
4 Socalization, Social Structure and Interaction
5 Stratification, Social Class and Inequality
6 Race, ethnicity and migration
7 Religion, secularism and secularization
8 Midterm Exam
9 Political Participation
10 Social movements
11 Media, politics and society
12 Nations, war and terrorism
13 Students' Presentations
14 Concluding Remarks
Prerequisite(s):
Textbook: Dobratz, Waldner &Buzell (2011), Power, Politics, and Society: An Introduction to Political Sociology, Pearson; 1 edition, Nash, Kate (2007), Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics and Power, UK: Wiley, Blackwell.
Other References:
Laboratory Work: N/A
Computer Usage: N/A
Others: No
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
1 To understand the politicization of social phenomenon such as class, race and ethnicity, religion and nationality.
2 To be familiar with major features of contemporary societies that are relevant to politics.
3 To learn how and what makes social values and attitudes change.
4 To be able to relate theoretical understanding to empirical data and analyses for various states.
5 To be able to distill information, present ideas and defend a theoretical position.
COURSE CONTRIBUTION TO... PROGRAM COMPETENCIES
(Blank : no contribution, 1: least contribution ... 5: highest contribution)
No Program Competencies Cont.
COURSE EVALUATION METHOD
Method Quantity Percentage
Midterm Exam(s)
1
30
Presentation
1
15
Quiz
2
5
Final Exam
1
35
Other
1
10
Total Percent: 100%
ECTS (ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD)
Activities Quantity Duration(Hours) Total Workload(Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 3 16 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 2 16 32
Mid-terms 1 12 12
Assignments
Final examination 1 16 16
Other 1 17 17
Total Work Load:
125
Total Work Load/25(h):
5
ECTS Credit of the Course:
5