[SOCI 240] Political Sociology
This course takes a comparative-historical approach to provide an introduction to the field of political sociology as well as foundational knowledge about the social bases of political processes. Classical and contemporary conceptions of power are examined, focusing especially on Marxist, Weberian, and new institutionalist theoretical perspectives. Substantively, the course revolves around issues of citizenship, democracy, welfare state development, and the relationship between politics and economic inequality. We also use one specific policy area to explore the policy-making process more in-depth. Finally, we investigate the class, race, and gender dynamics of electoral politics as well as other forms of collective political action through social movements and revolutions.Edit my profile
Prerequisite: Sociology 100 or 150, or consent of instructor.