SOCI 148. Topics in Political Sociology: Power, Governance and the State

Using the US case, this course will examine the influence of social forces on formal politics as well as politics in non-formal settings, emphasizing the institutions, processes, and mechanisms that shape the lives of citizens. We will survey major theoretical approaches and empirical investigations of key issues and debates in political sociology, their concomitant policy implications, and the impact on the populace-including definitions of power, elites and decision making, social cleavages in participation, and the role of economic interests in governance.
Social Sciences.
2 credits.
Eligible for ESCH
Fall 2021. Johnson.
Catalog chapter: Sociology and Anthropology  
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