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SOC 437 (W) Political Sociology (1)

This political sociology course examines how power is embedded in both the visible structures and institutions of a society--particularly those related to politics--and in the less obvious dynamics of culture, convention, and consensus. Students are introduced to both classical and contemporary perspectives on power in society, and challenged to critically examine these through specific topics. These can include the nature of political power, state structures, and democracy, international political economy and globalization, social movements, citizenship, and social welfare, among others. Over the course of the term, students will develop and complete three skills-based projects: a literature review, a qualitative research project, and a quantitative research project.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: SOC 302 and SOC 303, or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Strawn