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Syllabus - Political Sociology
Political sociologists study socio-political phenomena such as:

  • the political activities of social classes, racial and ethnic groups, genders, generations, elites, masses, gays, religious, and other groups
  • the ideologies and utopian visions that sometimes motivate political action
  • how politics is influenced by trends such as the growth of the internet and the global economy
  • how social forces shape policy on issues such as welfare, health care, international trade, information policy, education, abortion, criminal justice, defense, foreign policy, and so on.

Syllabus Sociology 233: Foundations of Political Sociology

Sociology 182: Political Sociology

Soc. 2900 – Politics, Economy & Society Dr. Satya Pattnayak

Politics and culture of social movements. ... an ability to develop a reasoned argument.

Political sociology is a broad (and growing) field within sociology.  It encompasses such varied topics as revolutions, state formation, voting behavior, power, globalization, and others.

Political Sociology - University of Alaska.

Syllabus Sociology 233: Foundations of Political Sociology.

Week 2 Weber Weber, Max: Economy and Society (Roth and Wittich), Introduction + Chap 9-11
Week 3 Marx Marx, Karl. The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonapare
Week 4 Making States Mann, Michael. The Sources of Social Power. Vol. II. Chap
Week 5 State Regimes Moore, Barrington, Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
Week 6 Democracy and Development Rueschemeyer, Dietrich, Evelyne Huber Stephens, and John Stephens. 1992. Capitalist Development and Democracy.
Week 7 Nationalism Anderson, Benedict. 1983. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso.
Week 8 Collective Action and social movements Tarrow, Sidney. 1994. Power in Movement: Social Movements, Collective Action and Politics. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Week 9 Social Policy Skocpol, Theda. 1992. Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Week 10 The Politics of Meaning Quadagno, Jill. 1994. The Color of Welfare: How Racism Undermined the War on Poverty.


Sociology 182: Political Sociology.
Required Text:
William A. Gamson. Talking Politics
Sidney Tarrow. Power in Movement: Social Movements, Collective Action and Politics
Peter Evans. Embedded Autonomy: States and Industrial Transformation
Alan Wolfe. Whose Keepers? Social Science and Moral Obligation
Date Topics Chapters
Political consciousness and media discourse Gamson: Chapters 1 and 2
Collective action frames Gamson: Part I
How people negotiate meaning Gamson: Part II
The birth of the national social movement Tarrow: Chapter 1 and Part I
The powers of movement Tarrow: Part II
Movement dynamics Tarrow: Part III
States and third world development
Evans: Chapters 1-3
States and technology Evans: Chapters 4-7
States and internationalization Evans: Chapter 8-10
States and markets Wolfe: Introduction and Chapters 1-3
States as moral agents Wolfe: Chapters 4-6
State and society Wolfe: Chapters 7-9

Soc. 2900 – Politics, Economy & Society Dr. Satya Pattnayak

Have you ever thought about who rules America? Is there a small ruling elite? If there is a ruling elite, does that group primarily consist of the leaders of the most prominent corporations, such as Microsoft, General Electric, and Exxon? Do political leaders have any autonomy from the economic powers in America? Are political leaders constrained by others from behind the scene? If the above is really true, then, how can this occur in a democratic society? In an era where so much emphasis is put on globalization of the economy and culture, can American politics continue to be sensitive to the demands of the American people, yet at the same time help sustain American competitiveness in the global marketplace. Politics, economy, and society attempts to deal with these general questions in one semester.

Through an integration of theories and empirical facts, students will learn about the major power holders in America. Roughly how many are there? Where do these people come from? How do they get there? Have there been changes in the composition of this powerful group over the past 100 years? Is the process of recruiting to the top leadership relatively open? The course will examine about ten to twelve specific sectors (the list includes the economic, political, and civic sectors) in America to determine the power holders in each sector. What mechanisms do we have to make that power accountable to the will of the people? Are these political mechanisms sufficient as the US enters the next century under serious economic competition from Europe, China, and Japan? What shapes and forms will these popular movements take to address societal inequities in the US in an era characterized by increased mobility of finance, political, social, and cultural capital?