This class examines major theoretical questions about power, politics, and the state from a sociological perspective. The course will introduces students to the major ideas and debates within the field of political sociology, and provides tools for analyzing power and politics. Students read a wide range of research on the dynamics of political institutions and political processes. The course begins with two sections analyzing theories of power and the state. It then moves to examine a number of major questions asked in the field of political sociology about inequality, democracy, civic life, globalization, and social revolutions.
I also teach an online version of this course during the summer, that places a heavier emphasis on documentary film as an information source and starting point for discussion (because of the way the course is designed, the specific readings and films are not on the syllabus):