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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Research Seminar “Civil and Political Processes”

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 1-3 модуль

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This seminar offers a cross-disciplinary perspective on political power, institutions, civic movements, and their socio-cultural context. It draws mainly from sociology, political science, and cultural studies and will be most useful to students interested in how modern societies are organized and negotiated through politics, and how this can be studied. Key to this seminar is reading and discussing original research papers. As a result, the students will expand their knowledge of the subject and their skills of critical reading, participating in discussions, and writing abstracts of academic papers. The seminar starts with a discussion of modern nationalism, proceeding to the analysis of institutions during social change, and then an introductory discussion of comparative politics.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The objectives of this seminar are to get the students acquainted with current research perspectives and techniques in political and civic processes and to train students' skills or academic speaking, reading, and writing.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • be able to read texts and discuss several issues related to politics and civil society, such as voting, social capital, nation building and national identity, modern societies, social institutions, and media in politics.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Nationalism and its strategies in a globalized world.
    Nationalism from interpretivist and post-positivist political perspectives: view on social reality, epistemology, subject-object relationships, nature of knowledge. Types of nationalism. Nations as imagined communities (Anderson). Post-Soviet nation-building strategies (empirical research).
  • Critical reading. Writing an abstract to a paper.
    Reading strategies. Critical reading techniques. Types of articles. Types of articles and their structure. Extracting information from the article. Reading and writing an abstract to an empirical research paper.
  • Institutions and everyday life during capitalist reforms in post-communist countries.
    Social science research perspectives on studying popular films. Film as a textual body. Functions and use of film references in political discourse. Social issues in critical film watching: inequality, poverty, and institutional reforms in post-communist societies.
  • Perspectives on comparative politics.
    What is comparative politics? Comparative method as a type of research designs (Lijphart). The history and variety of methodological approaches in comparative politics. The core concepts in comparative politics. Political regimes. Political parties and party systems. Institutional designs. Electoral systems. Voting behavior. Political culture and values.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in module 1
  • non-blocking Home work in module 1 (abstract)
  • non-blocking Participation in module 2
  • non-blocking Participation in module 3
  • non-blocking Exam
    2 questions on seminar reading with your analysis
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.2 * Exam + 0.2 * Home work in module 1 (abstract) + 0.2 * Participation in module 1 + 0.2 * Participation in module 2 + 0.2 * Participation in module 3
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Anderson, B. R. O. (2006). Imagined Communities : Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1694834
  • Barisione, M., & Michailidou, A. (2017). Social Media and European Politics : Rethinking Power and Legitimacy in the Digital Era. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1362963
  • Hamenstädt, U. (2019). The Interplay Between Political Theory and Movies : Bridging Two Worlds. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1905779

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • King, G., Pan, J. J., & Roberts, M. E. (2013). How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0003055413000014