Political Sociology and Political Economy

Stream: 
Comparative Politics
Political Economy
Credits: 
4.0
ECTS Credits: 
8.0
Academic Year: 
Status: 
Core
Start and end dates: 
September 22, 2014 to April 3, 2015
Course Description: 

This is a doctoral seminar building on the comparative politics, political economy and political theory MA courses. Part I discusses basic questions in political sociology mostly focusing on the holders of power and the way power is exercised in a society. In this seminar, sociological analysis is applied to the political field, and attention is paid to social determinants and sources of political power, state formation, theories of the state, political and economic elites. The relationship between political transformation and elite change will also be discussed, just as the structure vs agency debate.

Part II  acquaints studetns with the most important current topics and concepts of comparative political economy, as a distninct branch of political economy. Classes cover some most important theoretical approaches about the role of socio-political structures and institutions on economic development and about the linkages between political and economic institutions. 

Learning Outcomes: 
During the course students enhance their capacity of critical thinking and ability to express their own opinions. They are expected to learn how to analyze and interpret political processes and political behavior from sociological and political economic perspectives and, at the same time, understand the political impact on social and economic structures on citizens social and labor market position and their attitudes, aspirations and values.
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