Introduction to Political Sociology

Course Information
TitleΕισαγωγή στην Πολιτική Κοινωνιολογία / Introduction to Political Sociology
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorEftichia Teperoglou
Course ID100001048

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The successful completion of the course will offer to students an understanding of the main theoretical concepts in the field of Political Sociology. They will be familiarized with the most important theoretical schools in the sub-field and they will get to know how this research field approaches a series of research questions and themes related to the forms of association and interaction between the state, society and citizens.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The main objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the subject of Political Sociology. Emphasis is given to the study of different research directions of this discipline. After an introduction to the subject of the course, we focus on conceptual issues and basic theoretical models included in the field of Political Sociology. We analyze the concepts of politics, power, sovereignty and bureaucracy. Moreover, we analyze the theories of the state and elite theories, as well as approaches to the study of political culture. The course also focuses on aspects of both "conventional" and the "non-conventional" political participation, with a focal point on the question of whether a political representation crisis is taking place. The last major theme of the course concerns the different facets of globalization in environments associated both with national and non-national elements. Particular emphasis is given to the study of Saskia Sassen’s work on the sociology of globalization. The course is offered to Erasmus students: please contact the instructor for further information
Political Sociology, Cleavages, Political parties, pressure groups, state theories, political involvement, globalization
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment552
Written assigments411.5
Student Assessment
a) Written exams b) Optional: an oral presentation in the class on a specific topic (20% of the final grade)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Σεραφετινίδου, Μελίνα (2002) Εισαγωγή στην Πολιτική Κοινωνιολογία, Αθήνα: Γ. Δαρδανός 2. Hay, Colin, Lister Michael & Marsh David (2011) Το Κράτος. Θεωρίες και Προσεγγίσεις, Αθήνα: Σαββάλας 3. Φάκελος σημειώσεων διαθέσιμος στο eLearning του μαθήματος (υποχρεωτικό για την επιτυχή εξέταση του μαθήματος)
Additional bibliography for study
1. Heywood, Andrew (2014) Εισαγωγή στην Πολιτική, 4η Έκδοση, Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο 2. Janoski, Thomas, Alford, Robert, Hicks , Alexander & Schwartz, Mildred A. (επιμ) (2005) The Handbook of Political Sociology: States, Civil Societies, and Globalization, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Διαθέσιμο στην ιστοσελίδα 3. Lagroye, Jacques, Francois, Bastien & Sawicki, Frederic (2008) Πολιτική Κοινωνιολογία, Αθήνα: Τυπωθήτω-Γ. Δαρδανός 4. Lenk, Kurt (2005) Πολιτική Κοινωνιολογία, Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο 5. Schwartzenberg, Roger - Gérard (1984) Πολιτική Κοινωνιολογία, Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο 6. Weber, Max (1987)Η Πολιτική ως Επάγγελμα, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση 7. Σάσεν, Σάσκια (2011) Κοινωνιολογία της Παγκοσμιοποίησης, Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο 8. Μεταξάς, Α.Ι.Δ (επιμ) (2016) Πολιτική Επιστήμη. Διακλαδική και Συγχρονική Διερεύνηση της Πολιτικής Πράξης. Τόμος IV Πολιτική Κοινωνιολογία. Κοινωνική Εκπροσώπηση και Πολιτική Συμμετοχή, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Σιδέρη
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