The Sociology of Politics begins from the bottom up. Whereas political science begins with assumptions about human beings as political animals, and economics deals with economic actors – and both perspectives suppose the existence of at least a basic institutional framework – the sociological imagination begins with the human being as a fundamentally social animal. As a result, by beginning with the individual in the simplest of contexts, we are able to ask fundamental questions about how identities, communities and institutions emerge, about how conflicts arise and are resolved, and about the boundaries of the ‘rationality’ that underpins most social science analysis. We begin by understanding political and economic reality as a social experience, bound up with and informing an individual’s sense of self. From ‘self’ we can move to ‘other’, and from the relationship between self and other we begin to understand the contours of power. With power in our grasp, we delve into capitalism and Marxism, into mobilization and anomie, and finally into the digital age.
*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2018/19 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years.
Dr Samuel Greene
One hour lecture, one hour seminar over ten weeks
Module assessment - more information
1x 2,000-word essay (45%); 1x unseen 1.5-hour written examination (45%); Class participation (10%)