Spring 2024 - SA 325 D100
Political Sociology (S) (4)
Class Number: 2035
Delivery Method: In Person
An examination of the relations of power and authority. This course will analyze the interrelations of family, church, class, interest groups, etc., particularly as they influence and are influenced by the state. The relations of law and ideology to the structures of government will form the context for this analysis. The course may also focus on broad theoretical questions of contemporary political interest.
This course offers an overview of the subfield of political sociology. We focus on how explaining how power operates in the political sphere. The course covers topics such as law, bureaucracy, war, taxation, policymaking, racial formation, and sovereignty, from a range of theoretical perspectives including: Indigenous, postcolonial, feminist, cultural, political economy, institutionalism, and governmentality. The course will challenge students to understand the various ways sociologists have theorized how power and politics interact, the role of the state in our lives, and how struggles between elites and social movements reconceptualize citizenship, inequality, and the distribution of power.
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