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Political Sociology

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
3 year, 1, 2 module


Maslovskiy, Mikhail

Course Syllabus


The course provides knowledge on social foundations of political institutions and processes, social movements and political culture, sociology of international relations. Lectures are supported by presentations. Seminars are organized in the format of group discussions based on the literature and include students’ presentations. Students will be required to write an essay of 2000 words.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to acquaint the students with the main paradigms of political sociology
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to think critically and interpret the experience (personal and of other persons), relate to professional and social activities
  • Able to identify scientific subject
  • Able to learn and demonstrate skills in the field, other than the major field
  • Student is introduced to the Soviet model of modernity and its disintegration
  • Student is introduced to globalization thaories and their relation to political sociology
  • Student is familiar with transformation of Russian political institutions
  • Student is familiar with the conservative ideological turn in Russian politics
  • Student is familiar with social movements in post-Soviet Russia
  • Student is familiar with political sociology's foundations
  • Student is familiar with political culture in contemporary Russia
  • Student is familiar with connection between political sociology and international relations
  • Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes - by using political science methods - and in support of practical decision making process
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Political sociology: classical foundations
  • Contemporary perspectives in political sociology
  • Globalization theories and political sociology
  • Civilizational analysis and the multiple modernities perspective
  • The Soviet model of modernity and its disintegration
  • Transformation of Russian political institutions
  • Social movements in post-Soviet Russia
  • Political culture in contemporary Russia
  • The conservative ideological turn in Russian politics
  • Political sociology and international relations
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class activities
    Students’ progress is evaluated at seminar discussions. This component is calculated as an average grade achieved at the seminars.
  • non-blocking Presentation
  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking Examination
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.25 * Class activities + 0.25 * Essay + 0.25 * Examination + 0.25 * Presentation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bettiza, G. (2014). Civilizational Analysis in International Relations: Mapping the Field and Advancing a “Civilizational Politics” Line of Research. International Studies Review, 16(1), 1–28. https://doi.org/10.1111/misr.12100
  • Laruelle, M. (2015). Patriotic Youth Clubs in Russia. Professional Niches, Cultural Capital and Narratives of Social Engagement. Europe-Asia Studies, 67(1), 8–27. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2014.986965
  • Marlene Laruelle. (2015). Patriotic Youth Clubs in Russia. Professional Niches, Cultural Capital and Narratives of Social Engagement. Europe-Asia Studies, (1), 8. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2014.986965
  • Scott, A., Nash, K., & Amenta, E. (2012). The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=437520

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Beck, U. (2000). The cosmopolitan perspective: sociology of the second age of modernity. British Journal of Sociology, 51(1), 79–105. https://doi.org/10.1080/000713100358444
  • Bourdieu, P. (1994). Rethinking the State: Genesis and Structure of the Bureaucratic Field. Sociological Theory, 12(1), 1. https://doi.org/10.2307/202032
  • Castells, M. (2000). Materials for an exploratory theory of the network society. British Journal of Sociology, 51(1), 5–24. https://doi.org/10.1080/000713100358408
  • Collins, R. (1995). Prediction in Macrosociology: The Case of the Soviet Collapse. American Journal of Sociology, 100(6), 1552–1593. https://doi.org/10.1086/230672
  • Elina Kahla. (2014). Civil religion in Russia A choice for Russian modernization? Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.1BC99D6F
  • Kessler, O. (2009). Toward a Sociology of the International? International Relations between Anarchy and World Society. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.90A5141B
  • Mikhail Maslovskiy. (2013). Social and Cultural Obstacles to Russian Modernisation. Europe-Asia Studies, (10), 2014. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2013.848657
  • Spohn, W. (2010). Political Sociology: Between Civilizations and Modernities; A Multiple Modernities Perspective. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F61CB85C
  • Tsygankov, A. (2016). Crafting the State-Civilization Vladimir Putin’s Turn to Distinct Values. Problems of Post-Communism, 63(3), 146–158. https://doi.org/10.1080/10758216.2015.1113884