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Bachelor 2018/2019

Political Sociology

Type: Compulsory course (Political Science and World Politics)
Area of studies: Political Science
When: 3 year, 3, 4 module
Mode of studies: Full time
Instructors: Mikhail Maslovskiy
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course provides knowledge on social foundations of political institutions and processes, social movements and political culture, sociology of international relations. Lectures are supported by presentations. Seminars are organized in the format of group discussions based on the literature and include students’ presentations. Students will be required to write an essay of 2000 words.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to acquaint the students with the main paradigms of political sociology
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to think critically and interpret the experience (personal and of other persons), relate to professional and social activities
  • Able to identify scientific subject
  • Able to learn and demonstrate skills in the field, other than the major field
  • Student is introduced to the Soviet model of modernity and its disintegration
  • Student is introduced to globalization thaories and their relation to political sociology
  • Student is familiar with transformation of Russian political institutions
  • Student is familiar with the conservative ideological turn in Russian politics
  • Student is familiar with social movements in post-Soviet Russia
  • Student is familiar with post-structuralism, constructivist structuralism and political sociology
  • Student is familiar with political sociology's foundations
  • Student is familiar with political culture in contemporary Russia
  • Student is familiar with notions of functionalism, neofunctionalism and the concept of civil sphere
  • Student is familiar with Neo-Marxist and neo-Weberian historical sociology
  • Student is familiar with connection between political sociology and international relations
  • Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes - by using political science methods - and in support of practical decision making process
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Political sociology: classical foundations
  • Functionalism, neofunctionalism and the concept of civil sphere
  • Neo-Marxist and neo-Weberian historical sociology
  • Post-structuralism, constructivist structuralism and political sociology
  • Globalization theories and political sociology
  • Civilizational analysis and the multiple modernities perspective
  • The Soviet model of modernity and its disintegration
  • Transformation of Russian political institutions
  • Social movements in post-Soviet Russia
  • Political culture in contemporary Russia
  • The conservative ideological turn in Russian politics
  • Political sociology and international relations
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class activity
  • non-blocking Essay
    An essay is a written self-study on a topic offered by the teacher or by the student him/herself approved by teacher. The topic for essay includes development of skills for critical thinking and written argumentation of ideas. An essay should include clear statement of a research problem; include an analysis of the problem by using concepts and analytical tools within the subject that generalize the point of view of the author. Essay structure: 1. Introduction and formulation of a research question. 2. Body of the essay and theoretical foundation of selected problem and argumentation of a research question. 3. Conclusion and argumentative summary about the research question and possibilities for further use or development.
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    The cumulative grade (GC) is calculated as an average, based on the following equation: GC = 0,6·Gsa + 0,4·Ges, where Gsa – grade for students’ activities at class Ges – grade for the essay The final grade (GF) is calculated as follows: GF = 0,7·GC + 0,3·GEX , where GEX – grade for the final examination
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bettiza, G. (2014). Civilizational Analysis in International Relations: Mapping the Field and Advancing a “Civilizational Politics” Line of Research. International Studies Review, 16(1), 1–28. https://doi.org/10.1111/misr.12100
  • Hanson, S. E. (2010). Post-Imperial Democracies : Ideology and Party Formation in Third Republic France, Weimar Germany, and Post-Soviet Russia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=331304
  • Laruelle, M. (2015). Patriotic Youth Clubs in Russia. Professional Niches, Cultural Capital and Narratives of Social Engagement. Europe-Asia Studies, 67(1), 8–27. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2014.986965
  • Marlene Laruelle. (2015). Patriotic Youth Clubs in Russia. Professional Niches, Cultural Capital and Narratives of Social Engagement. Europe-Asia Studies, (1), 8. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2014.986965
  • Richard Sakwa. (2013). The Soviet collapse: Contradictions and neo-modernisation. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.EB2C2304
  • Scott, A., Nash, K., & Amenta, E. (2012). The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=437520

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Beck, U. (2000). The cosmopolitan perspective: sociology of the second age of modernity. British Journal of Sociology, 51(1), 79–105. https://doi.org/10.1080/000713100358444
  • Castells, M. (2000). Materials for an exploratory theory of the network society. British Journal of Sociology, 51(1), 5–24. https://doi.org/10.1080/000713100358408
  • Collins, R. (1995). Prediction in Macrosociology: The Case of the Soviet Collapse. American Journal of Sociology, 100(6), 1552–1593. https://doi.org/10.1086/230672
  • Elina Kahla. (2014). Civil religion in Russia A choice for Russian modernization? Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.1BC99D6F
  • Kessler, O. (2009). Toward a Sociology of the International? International Relations between Anarchy and World Society. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.90A5141B
  • Mikhail Maslovskiy. (2013). Social and Cultural Obstacles to Russian Modernisation. Europe-Asia Studies, (10), 2014. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2013.848657
  • Pfaff, S. (2002). Nationalism, Charisma, and Plebiscitary Leadership: The Problem of Democratization in Max Weber’s Political Sociology. Sociological Inquiry, 72(1), 81–107. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-682X.00007
  • Spohn, W. (2010). Political Sociology: Between Civilizations and Modernities; A Multiple Modernities Perspective. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F61CB85C
  • Tsygankov, A. (2016). Crafting the State-Civilization Vladimir Putin’s Turn to Distinct Values. Problems of Post-Communism, 63(3), 146–158. https://doi.org/10.1080/10758216.2015.1113884