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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
4
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 1-4 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This seminar is intended for the students interested in modern societies, how they function and change, their values and institutions; how people choose common rules of living in societies, and how they act to amend them. This is a cross-disciplinary seminar drawing from research in sociology, political science, economy, and anthropology related to the topics of discussion. The seminar starts with an introduction of general perspectives in political and social analysis, then focusing on political processes, in the first part, and social ties underlying modern societies and nations, in the second part. In the final part, we will look into modernization as a general process and into various strategies of comparing countries. The seminar is intended for students who have previously attended research seminars of the BA in Sociology and Social Informatics in the previous years.
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 of academic speaking, reading, and writing.
  • 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 of academic speaking, reading, and writing.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • to discuss current research perspectives and techniques in political and civic processes, including web and survey experiments
  • to discuss current research perspectives and techniques in political and civic processes, including web and survey experiments
  • to know the basics of academic reading and writing, academic culture, and the variety of non-academic research output formats
  • to know the basics of academic reading and writing, academic culture, and the variety of non-academic research output formats
  • to define and apply the concept of collective memory, politics of memory, and the 'usable past'
  • to define and apply the concept of collective memory, politics of memory, and the 'usable past'
  • to define the collective action dilemma and suggest literature-based solutions to it
  • to define the collective action dilemma and suggest literature-based solutions to it
  • to describe and compare the methods of constructing and changing collective memories
  • to describe and compare the methods of constructing and changing collective memories
  • to discuss and propose research designs for studying the politics of memory
  • to discuss and propose research designs for studying the politics of memory
  • to explain the functions of elections across political regimes
  • to explain the functions of elections across political regimes
  • to integrate a cross-cultural perspective to dealing with collective action problems
  • to integrate a cross-cultural perspective to dealing with collective action problems
  • to propose arguments for and against electoral participation
  • to propose arguments for and against electoral participation
  • to understand and describe youth turnout
  • to understand and describe youth turnout
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The Meaning of Elections
  • The Meaning of Elections
  • Applied Political Analysis
  • Applied Political Analysis
  • Collective Action Dilemmas
  • Collective Action Dilemmas
  • Experiments in Political Media
  • Experiments in Political Media
  • Politics of Memory
  • Politics of Memory
  • Critical reading. Writing an abstract to a paper
  • Critical reading. Writing an abstract to a paper
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-Class Engagement (Module 1)
  • non-blocking In-Class Engagement (Module 1)
  • non-blocking Written Assignment (Policy Paper)
  • non-blocking Written Assignment (Policy Paper)
  • non-blocking In-Class Engagement (Module 3)
  • non-blocking In-Class Engagement (Module 3)
  • non-blocking Written Assignment (Abstract)
    Late submission is possible if the student has a documented medical or family reason to miss the deadline. The student must inform the instructors about the delay as soon as possible but no later than a week before the exam.
  • non-blocking Written Assignment (Abstract)
    Late submission is possible if the student has a documented medical or family reason to miss the deadline. The student must inform the instructors about the delay as soon as possible but no later than a week before the exam.
  • non-blocking Exam
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.2 * Exam + 0.2 * In-Class Engagement (Module 1) + 0.2 * In-Class Engagement (Module 3) + 0.2 * Written Assignment (Abstract) + 0.2 * Written Assignment (Policy Paper)
  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.2 * Exam + 0.2 * In-Class Engagement (Module 1) + 0.2 * In-Class Engagement (Module 3) + 0.2 * Written Assignment (Abstract) + 0.2 * Written Assignment (Policy Paper)
  • 2022/2023 1st module
  • 2022/2023 1st module
  • 2022/2023 2nd module
  • 2022/2023 2nd module
  • 2022/2023 3rd module
  • 2022/2023 3rd module
  • 2022/2023 4th module
  • 2022/2023 4th module
  • 2023/2024 1st module
  • 2023/2024 1st module
  • 2023/2024 2nd module
  • 2023/2024 2nd module
  • 2023/2024 3rd module
  • 2023/2024 3rd module
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Callander, S., & Wilson, C. H. (2007). Turnout, Polarization, and Duverger’s Law. Journal of Politics, 69(4), 1047–1056. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2508.2007.00606.x
  • Elinor Ostrom. (2000). Collective Action and the Evolution of Social Norms. Journal of Economic Perspectives, (3), 137. https://doi.org/10.1257/jep.14.3.137
  • Iyengar, S., Peters, M. D., & Kinder, D. R. (1982). Experimental Demonstrations of the “Not-So-Minimal” Consequences of Television News Programs. American Political Science Review, 04, 848.
  • Olick, J. K. (1999). Collective Memory: The Two Cultures. Sociological Theory, 17(3), 333. https://doi.org/10.1111/0735-2751.00083

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Manarin, K., Carey, M., Rathburn, M., Ryland, G., Hutchings, P. Critical Reading in Higher Education : Academic Goals and Social Engagement. - Indiana University Press, 2015. - ISBN 9780253018830, 9780253018984 - Electronic text // ProQuest Ebook Central. - URL: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4088470&query=Critical+Reading+in+Higher+Education+%3A+Academic+Goals+and+Social+Engagement (accessed 6.11.19)
  • Mutz, D. C. (2011). Population-Based Survey Experiments. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=370823