Universität Wien FIND

230048 SE Politics and society (2019W)

Political Sociology

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Die Lehrveranstaltung kann für jede Forschungsspezialisierung des Masterstudiums Soziologie herangezogen werden, sofern dies inhaltlich zu Ihrem Masterarbeitsvorhaben passt bzw. mit dem Betreuer oder der Betreuerin abgesprochen wurde.

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 08.10. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Tuesday 29.10. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Tuesday 05.11. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Tuesday 12.11. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Tuesday 19.11. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Tuesday 03.12. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Tuesday 10.12. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Tuesday 17.12. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Tuesday 07.01. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Tuesday 14.01. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Tuesday 21.01. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Tuesday 28.01. 11:00 - 12:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will present and discuss the main political theories on society’s political organisation and will focus on how power is distributed across the different segments of the society. The course will examine the causes and modes in which individuals and groups organise themselves to undertake political action.
The course will be structured in lectures and will involve the pro-active participation of students by presenting critical discussions of research undertaken on the topics addressed during the course.

Assessment and permitted materials

The assessment will entail:
Presentations: 20%;
Reflective paper: 30%
Final essay (2000 words): 50%

Important Grading Information:
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme must be met.
If a required task is not fulfilled, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness).
In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading.
Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.

If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as ‘not assessed’ and will be entered into the electronic exam record as ‘fraudulently obtained’.
The plagiarism-detection service (Turnitin in Moodle) can be used in course of the grading: Details will be announced by the lecturer.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To attend the course, a basic course in Sociology and/or Political Science at BA level is desiderable.

Examination topics

The final examnibation will focus on the following topics:
-The concept of power and its implications
-Political behaviour and attitude
-Political organising
-Social conflicts

Reading list

Weber, M. (2009). "Politics as a Vocation", in: From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 77-128.
Lukes, S. (2005). Power: A Radical View. Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillian, Chapter 1.
Lukes, S. (2005). Power: A Radical View. Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillian, Chapter 3.
Weber, M. (2009). "Bureaucracy", in: From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 196-244.
Leach, D.K. (2005). The Iron Law of What Again? Conceptualizing Oligarchy across Organizational Forms. Sociological Theory, 23(3), 312-337
Lijphart, A. (2012). "The Westminster Model of Democracy", in: Patterns of democracy: Government forms and performance in thirty-six countries. Yale University Press, pp. 9-29.
Lijphart, A. (2012). "The Consensus Model of Democracy", in: Patterns of democracy: Government forms and performance in thirty-six countries. Yale University Press, pp. 30-45.
Dahrendorf, R. (1959). Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society. Stanford: Stanford University Press, Chapter 5.
Lipset, S.M. with Rokkan, S. (1990). "Cleavage structures, Party systems, and Voter Alignments" in: Consensus and Conflict. Essays in Political Sociology. Transaction Publishers: New Brunswick, pp. 113-186.
Hooghe, L., & Marks, G. (2018). Cleavage theory meets Europe’s crises: Lipset, Rokkan, and the transnational cleavage. Journal of European Public Policy, 25(1), 109-135.
Lipset, S.M. (1960). Political Man: The Social Bases of Politics. New York: Doubleday, Chapter 3.
Inglehart, R. (1997). Modernization and Postmodernization: Cultural, Economic, and Political Change in 43 Societies. Princeton University Press, New Jersey, Chapter 10.
Skocpol, T. (1979). States and Social Revolutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 1.
Olson, M. (1974). The Logic of Collective Action. Harvard University Press, Chapter 2.
Buchanan, A. (1979). Revolutionary Motivation and Rationality. Philosophy & Public Affairs, 9(1), 59-82.
Almond, G. A., & Verba, S. (1963). The civic culture: Political attitudes and democracy in five nations. Princeton university press, pp. 3-36.
Della Porta, D., & Diani, M. (2009). Social movements: An introduction. John Wiley & Sons, Chapter 1.
Tarrow, S. G. (2011). Power in movement: Social movements and contentious politics. Cambridge University Press, Chapter 1.
Snow, D., Rochford, E., Worden, S., & Benford, R. (1986). Frame Alignment Processes, Micromobilization, and Movement Participation. American Sociological Review, 51(4), 464-481.
Offe, C. (2008). "Political disaffection as an outcome of institutional practices? Some post-Tocquevillean speculations", in: A. Brodocz, M. Llanque, G.S. Schaal (eds.), Bedrohungen der Demokratie. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 42-60

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