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This course is designed to provide the students conceptual and theoretical guidelines for the sociological study of politics. The course aims to explore major debates and questions regarding power, politics, state and society and give the students certain methodological tools for analyzing politics from a sociological perspective.
Conceptual and theoretical guidelines for the sociological study of politics. Frontiers of political sociology: to what extend political? To what extend sociological? Methodological tools and debates. The tripodal relationship between politics, power and state. Political systems and systems approach. Legitimacy and authority. Approaches to civil society and democracy. Global capitalism, state and civil society. Historical sociology and the marxist tradition. Challenging effects of globalization on political sociology. Debates on postmodernity.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Identify the field of political sociology.
2. Understand the key concepts, theories and debates in political sociology.
3. Understand and asses social science research.
4. Apply theoretical knowledge and sociological perspectives to the analysis of contemporary local, national and global developments
5. Assess the impact of globalization on political sociology.
6. Communicate effectively in writing and speech.