Checking date: 07/06/2021

Course: 2023/2024

Political Sociology
Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (2013 Study Plan) (Plan: 306 - Estudio: 283)

Coordinating teacher: DIAZ GORFINKIEL, MAGDALENA

Department assigned to the subject: Social Analysis Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Knowledge of General Sociology and Political Science.
- General appoach to the historical evolution of the principal authors and lines of theoretical analysis of Society and the State. - Study of the interrelationships between different levels of the most significant political dynamics: economic, organizational, ideological and symbolic. - Understanding the processes of the sociopolitical and cultural transformation of the current globalized societies. - Rethinking the problems and effects of political processes in contemporary society. - Development of the new political sociology concept and of specific issues related to the recent globalization conflicts. - Critical and reflective appraisal of the major issues and problems of today's society.
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction: concepts of political sociology 2. Political parties. 3. Other social actors and laverage groups. 4. The media and electoral campaigns. 5. The electoral systems. 6. Electoral behavior. 7. Political studies and electoral polls
Learning activities and methodology
The training activities and methodology to be used in the knowledge of political sociology preferentially focus on reading, work presentations and discussions on the agenda which integrates the subject studies programme. In class, various audiovisual materials will also be shown to encourage participation and the discussion of the issues raised and worked on. Likewise, tutorials will address the role of collective and individual interests and the issues arising during the course subject.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Basic Bibliography
  • Beck, U.. Was is Globalisterung?. Suhrkamp Verlag.. 1997.
  • Berger, Arthur Asa. Political culture and public opinion. New Brunswick. 1933
  • Edelman, M.. Constructing the political spectacle. University of Chicago Press. 1989
  • Evans, J.. Voters and voting: an introduction. Sage Publications. 2004
  • Popkin, S. L. The reasoning voter: communication and persuasion in presidential campaigns. University of Chicago Press. 1991
  • Sartori, G.. Homo Videns. Laterza &Figli Spa. 1997
  • Weber, M. . Politik als Beruf. Wissenschaft als Beruf. Librairie Plon. 1959
  • Wright Mills, C.. The Power Elite.. Oxford University Press. 1956.
Additional Bibliography
  • Habermas, J.. Legitimation probleme im Spätkapitalismus.. Suhrkamp Verlag.. 1973.
  • Keane, J.. Democracy and civil society.. Knopf.. 1977.
  • Keating, M.. Nations Against the State.. Macmillam Press Ltd.. 1996.
  • VV, AA.. Political Ideologies.. Oxford University Press.. 1989.
  • Wallenstein, I.. The Modern World System.. Academic Press.. 1974.
  • Weber, M.. Die Typen der Herschaft.. Suhrkamp Verlag.. 1975.

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.