10691 State and Society: The Sociology of Politics 1

Credits: 6 intermediate credits in Sociology & Anthropology or in Political Science

Prerequisites: none

Recommended: One of the following: Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Theories and Methods in Political Science

Author: Baruch Kimmerling

The course analyzes the socio-political process in society and examines basic concepts of the political character of the social order. It presents various theoretical approaches to describing the political process and discusses various studies which examine the socio-political process in different societies.

The course focuses on an analysis of the mutual relations between the state and society and examines the concept of power and the various approaches to it in different societies. In addition, the course presents different socio-political orders and discusses other major concepts including political culture, civil society, groups and political parties.

Topics: The socio-political process; Power and its limits; Political culture and ideology; Comparative socio-political arrangements; Civil society, groups and political parties; The modern state and society.

1There is some overlap in the content of this and other courses. For details, see Overlapping Courses.