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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

07
Апрель

Research Seminar “Civil and Political Processes”

2023/2024
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 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

  • A student reads and critically discusses the theoretical approaches, research designs, and outcomes of studies on political and civic processes
  • A student is able to analyse the given media content, find key messages, identify communication tools to deliver these messages, and critically analyse them in application to discussed scholarly findings
  • A student is able to coherently present the analytical results in written form
  • A student is able to demonstrate the skills of group work, critical assessment, public communication, and argumentation on the given topic
  • A student demonstrates knowledge of the basics of academic reading and writing, academic culture, and the variety of non-academic research output formats
  • A student is able to demonstrate knowledge of the aims, objectives, and methods of the given research topic, as well as knowledge of the papers discussed in class (in the test from)
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Media and Information in Politics
  • Political Psychology and Emotions in Politics
  • The New Approaches in Studying Politics
  • Political Economy
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Test
    In-class test
  • non-blocking Exam
  • non-blocking Film review
    A critical written review of the movie
  • non-blocking In-class debates
    In-class debates between two teams
  • non-blocking In-class participation
    Participation in discussion at the seminar classes
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 4th module
    0.1 * In-class debates + 0.1 * Test + 0.5 * In-class participation + 0.2 * Exam + 0.1 * Film review
  • 2024/2025 4th module
    1 * 2023/2024 4th module
  • 2025/2026 3rd module
    1 * 2024/2025 4th module
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Flick, U., Scott, W., & Metzler, K. (2014). The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis. London, [England]: SAGE Publications Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=799015
  • Martha L. Cottam, Elena Mastors, Thomas Preston, & Beth Dietz. (2016). Introduction to Political Psychology : 3rd Edition: Vol. 3rd edition. Routledge.
  • Weingast, B. R., & Wittman, D. (2008). The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.oxp.obooks.9780199548477

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Anthony Downs. (1957). An Economic Theory of Political Action in a Democracy. Journal of Political Economy, 135. https://doi.org/10.1086/257897
  • 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