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Module Title LH Political Sociology B
SchoolSchool of Social Policy
Department Dept of Soc Pol and Soc (DNU)
Module Code 08 08418
Module Lead Dr Will Leggett
Level Honours Level
Credits 10
Semester Full Term
Co-requisites LH Political Sociology A - (08 08417)
Restrictions none
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Guided independent study-80 hours
Total: 100 hours
Exclusions none
Description Political Sociology seeks to understand political ideas, action, identities and institutions in their social context: how do we understand the politics-society relation? Semester 1 explores core political-sociological concepts such as the nature of power, the state, ideology, ruling elites and violence. Semester 2 addresses how more recent developments in social and cultural theory are changing the shape of political sociology. It pursues this through contemporary topics such as identity politics; new forms of political participation/apathy; the politics of the internet; new forms of governance; the role of discourse and ideas for a radical democracy. What do these new developments tell us about the scope of politics and the nature of social change, power and resistance in contemporary societies?
Learning Outcomes On completing the module students will be able to:-
  • Critically assess the major theoretical traditions and debates in political sociology.
  • Apply these to a range of substantive contemporary topics in the field
Assessment 08418-01 : Essay 4000 words : Coursework (50%)
08418-02 : Exam 3 hr : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 1 x 3000 word essay (50%)
1 x 3 hr exam (50%)
Other none
Reading List Nash, K. (2000) Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalisation, Politics and Power, Oxford: Blackwell.
Eds. Nash, K. and Scott A. (2000) The Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology, Oxford: Blackwell.
Faulks, K (2002) Political Sociology: A Critical Introduction, NY: NYU Press.