Sociology | Politics and Society (3 CR)
S311 | 25961 | Hung


1:00PM-2:15PM	MW	BH 310

This course explores issues related to the interaction between
political power and social forces in comparative and international
perspectives. We will discuss how political institutions (such as
states, political parties, and international governing bodies like
UN) are shaped by the actions of different social groups (such as
classes, ethnic groups, NGOs), and vice versa. Specific themes
addressed by the course include electoral politics in Western
democracies, nationalism and ethnic conflicts, rise and fall of
welfare state, politics of immigration and citizenship, impact of
globalization on nation-state, state failure and terrorism in the
developing world, among others. Emphasis will be placed on linking
theories with current events in different parts of the world.
Lectures will be aided by documentary films and other multi-media
materials.