POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

Sociologia POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

0312300049
DIPARTIMENTO DI STUDI POLITICI E SOCIALI
EQF6
SOCIOLOGY
2022/2023

OBBLIGATORIO
YEAR OF COURSE 3
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2019
AUTUMN SEMESTER
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
640LESSONS
ExamDate
SOCIOLOGIA POLITICA20/02/2023 - 09:00
SOCIOLOGIA POLITICA20/02/2023 - 09:00
Objectives
EDUCATIONAL AIMS
THE STUDENT WILL HAVE TO ACQUIRE THE THEORETICAL-CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS AND THE ANALYTICAL CATEGORIES THAT TAKE ON PARTICULAR RELEVANCE FOR THE INTERPRETATION OF POLITICAL PHENOMENA, ANALYSED FROM A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE, AND DEVELOP AUTONOMOUS AND CRITICAL REFLECTION SKILLS ON THE TOPICS COVERED DURING THE COURSE.

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
STUDENTS SHOULD ACQUIRE THE MAIN CONCEPTS AND THE MOST RELEVANT THEORIES CONCERNING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIETY AND POLITICS AND IN PARTICULAR THE FORMS OF POLITICAL POWER AS AN EXPRESSION OF THE DIALECTICAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS AND WIDESPREAD POLITICAL CULTURE.

ABILITY TO APPLY KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

IT IS INTENDED THAT STUDENTS APPLY THEORIES AND CONCEPTS DERIVING FROM BOTH CLASSICAL AND RECENT LITERATURE TO THE ANALYSIS OF PHENOMENA SUCH AS PERSONALIZATION OR THE COMPOSITION OF POLITICAL ELITES RESULTING FROM THE CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS THAT CROSS DEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES. FOR THIS PURPOSE, STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE MOST APPROPRIATE EMPIRICAL VERIFICATION METHODOLOGIES FROM TIME TO TIME.
Prerequisites
NONE
Contents
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIAL CHANGE AND POLITICAL CHANGE WILL BE THE GENERAL OBJECT OF THE COURSE. IT WILL BE ILLUSTRATED BY REFERRING TO THE WORK OF THE CLASSICAL AUTHORS OF POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY AND THE MOST RECENT RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. THE FIRST PART OF THE TEACHING WILL BE DEVOTED TO CENTRAL ISSUES IN POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES SUCH AS COMMUNITY, POWER, POLITICAL CULTURE, POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION, POLITICAL ELITES. THE SECOND PART WILL FOCUS ON THE STUDY OF THE INSTITUTIONAL AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS THAT HAVE MADE DEMOCRACY POSSIBLE AND GUARANTEE ITS FUNCTIONING. IN PARTICULAR, THE BIRTH AND EVOLUTION OF CONTEMPORARY DEMOCRATIC REGIMES, THEIR MAIN CHARACTERISTICS, THE CHALLENGES TO WHICH THEY ARE SUBJECTED WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE PHENOMENON OF POPULISM. THE THIRD PART OF THE TEACHING WILL EXPLORE, WITH A PROBLEMATIC APPROACH, SOME ASPECTS OF ITALIAN POLITICS THAT ARE AT THE CENTRE OF THE MOST RECENT PUBLIC DEBATE AND REQUIRE PARTICULAR ATTENTION: THE CRISIS OF TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND THE DECLINE IN VOTER TURNOUT; THE TRANSFORMATION DYNAMICS OF POLITICAL SUBJECTS SUCH AS PARTIES; THE EVOLUTION OF MOVEMENTS; PRIMARY ELECTIONS AND SELECTION OF CANDIDATES; PERSONALIZATION AND CLIENTELISM. TO SUMMARIZE, THE TOPICS OF THE COURSE WILL BE THE FOLLOWING: POWER, POLITICAL ELITES, COMMUNITY, POLITICAL CULTURE, POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION, CONTEMPORARY DEMOCRACIES, POPULISM, MOVEMENTS, PARTIES, PRIMARIES AND FORMATION OF LEADERSHIP GROUPS, ABSTENTION, PERSONALIZATION, AND CLIENTELISM.
Teaching Methods
LECTURES, EXERCISES, SEMINARS. THE TRADITIONAL TEACHING APPROACH (LECTURES FOR THE PRESENTATION OF CONTENTS) WILL BE INTEGRATED BY INNOVATIVE METHODS, WITH THE AIM OF ENCOURAGING INTERACTION AMONG STUDENTS WHO, ABOVE ALL DURING THE SEMINARS, WILL BE STIMULATED TO BE ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS IN THE DISCUSSION. FURTHERMORE, WE WILL TRY TO STIMULATE STUDENTS’ ABILITY TO CRITICALLY AND CONSCIOUSLY APPLY CONCEPTS AND THEORIES TO EMPIRICAL RESEARCH THROUGH THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN EXERCISES ON SPECIFIC RESEARCH TOPICS.
Verification of learning
ORAL EXAMINATION. THE VERIFICATION OF LEARNING WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGH THE ORAL INTERVIEW ON THE CONTENTS OF THE COURSE. THE OVERALL EVALUATION TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE ABILITY TO REPORT THE CONTENTS OF THE REFERENCE TEXTS WITH APPROPRIATE AND CORRECT LANGUAGE, ESPECIALLY WITH REFERENCE TO THE DEFINITIONS OF CONCEPTS AND THEORIES AND THEIR RELATIVE THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS. THE EVALUATION WILL BE HIGHER IF THE STUDENT SHOWS REMARKABLE LANGUAGE PROPERTIES AND A SIGNIFICANT CAPACITY FOR AUTONOMOUS PROCESSING AND CRITICAL RE-ELABORATION OF THE EXAM TOPICS.
Texts
COSTABILE, P. FANTOZZI, P. TURI (A CURA DI) MANUALE DI SOCIOLOGIA POLITICA, CAROCCI ROMA 2011 (BOOK CHAPTERS 1, 7, 8, 15)
M. WEBER LA POLITICA COME PROFESSIONE, ARMANDO EDITORE ROMA 1997
A. COSTABILE IL POTERE POLITICO, CAROCCI, ROMA 2002 (BOOK CHAPTERS 1, 2)
D. FRUNCILLO URNA DEL SILENZIO, EDIESSE ROMA 2004
P. FANTOZZI, R. DE LUCA, D. FRUNCILLO (A CURA DI) LA POLITICA TRA AZIONE COLLETTIVA E PARTICOLARISMO. CLIENTELISMO, SCAMBIO E PERSONALIZZAZIONE FRANCO ANGELI MILANO 2019 (BOOK CHAPTERS INTRODUZIONE, 1, 4, 5)
More Information
DURING THE COURSE, ADDITIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES WILL BE PROVIDED.
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