Political sociology: classics and trends

Course Code :1200PSWPSK
Study domain:Political Sciences
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Yves Dejaeghere

3. Course contents *

This course puts the study of political sociology center stage. For that purpose texts of important (contemporary) political sociologists are read, discussed and placed within the larger topics of political sociology. We discuss a couple of important issues in political sociology. Regarding each issue we read (part of) a text of one or two important scholars and situate the text(s) within the various debates and positions on the issue. This gives us a picture of the evolution in the thinking and research on a couple of major topics of political sociology as well as on recent trends. Central topic is the relation between the individual and society or the state. Authors read are amongst others: David Easton, Talcott Parsons, David Lukes, Rolf Dahrendorf, Ted Gurr, Barrington Moore, Theda Skocpol, Robert Dahl, ...