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Unformatted text preview: 1 Sociology 140 Prof. Laura Enrquez Fall 2001 432 Barrows Hall 642-2502 (office) 642-4766 (Soc. Dept.) Office Hours: Tue. 3:30-5:00 Thu. 11:15-12:15 Political Sociology The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the relationship between society and politics. Our approach to this broad phenomenon will be through a study of the interrelationship between economic development, social relations, and politics. In the process, we will examine how class, race, ethnicity, and gender interact with political culture, ideology and the state. This examination will involve both a review of the theories that have emerged to explain the role of the state in society, as well as a more concrete look at contemporary politics. One of the key aspects of politics is engagement in political behavior. We will analyze the diverse forms it takes, ranging from voting to participation in social movements. Our analysis of these forms of political behavior and the larger question of state/society relations will be comparative in nature, exploring the variations that exist between different regions of the world and between distinct social systems. Course Requirements Written work will consist of one take-home, essay mid-term exam (worth 30% of the final grade), a research paper (worth 35% of the final grade), and a final exam (worth 20% of the final grade). The research paper will entail the study of a concrete political phenomenon, which draws on some of the theoretical analysis presented in the course. A brief (half page) synopsis of the paper will be required in order to assist students in selecting a researchable topic. See the due dates for each of these assignments in the course outline. Participation in discussion sections will make up the remaining 15% of the final grade. Students will be expected to do all of the required readings listed below, and attend classes and discussion sections. The written assignments will test your comprehension of the readings and lectures. 2 Course Materials A reader of required articles has been put together for the course and is available from University Copy (2425 Channing Way - 549-2335). Articles included in the reader are designated with an * in the Course Outline. In addition, two required books are on sale at ASUC Bookstore. All of the required readings will be On Reserve in Moffitt Undergraduate Library The required books are: Domhoff, G. William, Who Rules America? Power and Politics in the Year 2000 . Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing (1998). Gitlin, Todd, The Whole World is Watching . Berkeley: University of California Press (1980)....
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