Not available in 2013/14
Research Seminar in Political Sociology
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
MPhil/PhD students whose research is in the field of political sociology. Students from all departments are welcome.
Political sociologists seek to understand fundamental political phenomenon by studying them in their social context. This seminar seeks to provide a small, friendly forum in which research students can discuss important recent publications and debates in this field. It often spends a number of weeks reading recent prize-winning books and articles in the field, and sometimes examines a topical theme for part of a term. There are also occasional guest lectures. Last year, for example, there were lectures by Jeff Goodwin (New York University) on the legacy of the revolutions of 1989, and Michael Mann (UCLA) on the rise and fall of neo-liberalism. The seminar also provides an opportunity to develop individual research projects. In each seminar, a twenty or thirty minute presentation is followed by discussion.
8 hours of seminars in the MT. 6 hours of seminars in the LT.
Fortnightly in MT and LT.
A short list of some important recent books and articles that could be discussed in the seminar will be suggested at the beginning of the year, and the seminar is always open to suggestions from participants. Readings continually change, but, for the purposes of illustration, recent seminars have discussed global anti-capitalism, suicide missions, human rights and the new imperialism, Christianity and American democracy, the welfare state, the politics of free markets, labour protest in China, street politics in Egypt, boycotts, and the crisis of capitalism.
There is no formal assessment but participants are asked to present papers, contribute to discussion and read the work of selected scholars in the course of the session.
Total students 2012/13: Unavailable
Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable