Research Seminar in Political Sociology
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Dr Robin Archer STC.S114a
This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Cities Programme and 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. In recent years, for example, there were lectures by Michael Mann (UCLA) on the rise and fall of neo-liberalism. Theda Skocpol (Harvard) on the future of American politics, and Andreas Wimmer (Princeton) on ethnic conflict and state formation. 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 seminars across MT, LT and ST.
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, conservatism and the new imperialism, Christianity and American democracy, the welfare state, the politics of free markets, labour protest in China, street politics in Egypt, comparative populism, and the crisis of social democracy.
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.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Total students 2020/21: 6
Average class size 2020/21: 6
Value: Non-credit bearing