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The full syllabus will be available on the Sociology Department website. Here is a list of the topics covered by this second-semester module:

1.         Introduction: what is political sociology?      

•          Definitions and history of the field of political sociology      

•          Historical overview of the main approaches to political sociology  

2.         Conflict theories, elite theories, power and institutionalisms          

•          The concepts of power and society   

•          Power and the classics of political sociology: Marxist and Neo-Marxist approaches          

•          Elite theories  

•          Power in the international arena      

3.         Theories of state formation and change; types of Contemporary European States; Citizenship

•          Theories of state formation   

•          The autonomy of the state    

•          States and globalization         

4.         Globalization, governance and the State      

•          Globalization in various domains      

•          Globalization and neo-liberalism      

•          Horizontal and vertical governance  

•          New governance        

•          Territorial governance          

5.         Transnational and Supranational Challenges to the State    

•          Challenges to the power of the state from above and from below  

•          State responses to globalization

•          How do different actors in a global governance replace former state functions?  

6.         Bureaucracies, Institutions and Neo-Liberalism       

•          What are the features of a traditional and a modern bureaucracy?           

•          Why is bureaucracy important for state development and political rule?   

•          The impact of the ideology of New Public Management on state bureaucracies   

7.         Political participation and theories of representation: introduction

•          The concept of political participation

•          The political sphere   

•          Changing forms of political participation     

8.         Forms of Political Participation: electoral behaviour and party politics      

•          Theoretical approaches to the study of electoral behavior  

•          Parties and party systems: an overview

•          Institutionalization dynamics in different social and political realms          

9.         Activism and the city, deliberative structures           

•          The concept of political participation in cities          

•          The political sphere at city level       

•          Urban activism in different contexts 

10.       Forms of Political Participation: interest groups, advocacy and civil society           

•          Interest groups and functional representation

•          Private and public interest groups    

•          Forms of advocacy     

•          The concept of civil society and its relevance in contemporary governance           

•          Civil society and its uses as a political ideology        

•          International civil society      

11.       Forms of Political Participation: social movements  

•          Unconventional political participation: social movements and contentious politics

•          Main theories of activists’ mobilization        

•          Action repertoires and their historical transformations       

12.       Left-liberal movements: the no-global movement   

•          The Anti-Globalization or Global Justice Movement as a new type of movement   

•          Transnational coordination and the role of the new media 

•          Main organizations    

13.       Ethnicity: political-sociological approaches  

•          The nature of ethnicity

•          Traditions in the study of ethnicity: the contribution of political sociology  

•          The multicultural backlash    

14.       Anti-racist movements in Europe      

•          Varieties of anti-racist movements in Europe          

•          Anti-racism in different institutional domains          

•          The controversial nature of anti-racism       

15.       Public Policy, Migration and Health  

•          Migration and public policy issues    

•          Health as a key domain in migration policy  

•          Health in relation to other domains, such as housing and work safety.

16.       Nationalism    

•          Nationalism,   

•          Postnationalism         

•          Euroscepticism           

•          Transnational Ethnic identities and globalisation     

17.       Ethno-Nationalism     

•          Ethnicity and self-determination

•          Regionalism   

18.       Ethnicity and the Extreme Right        

•          Ethnicity and right-wing parties        

•          Demand and supply theories of the radical right     

19.       Populism        

•          Populism: definitions 

•          The personalization of politics           

•          The politics of the enemy and populism

•          Populism and Italian politics  

20.       Political Communication and the Media

•          The new media          

•          Ethnicity and the media         

•          Framing processes, social movements and the public sphere          

21.       Political Sociology, the 2008 Financial Crisis and its aftermaths

•          The impact of the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermaths  

•          The crisis and new vulnerabilities in Europe 

•          The crisis and the EU 

22.       Conclusions and exam preparation