Political sociology is concerned with questions of social and political power, particularly as they pertain to the interaction between state and civil society. This unit probes these central theoretical debates. This includes an examination of the ways in which class, racial and gender identities are constituted within a field of social differences and power.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
ASS3033

Prerequisites

Nil.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse key theoretical frameworks of political sociology and distinguish key differences between these frameworks;  
  2. Contextualise the basis, and political significance, of writing on race, class and gender as problems; and  
  3. Reflect on the utility of political sociology as a way to understand social 'problems'.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Examination Take home exam interpreting a key theoretical frameworks 20%
Presentation Tutorial presentation and report 30%
Essay A reflective essay drawing on the concepts from political sociology to assess specific social and political issues. 50%

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