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

Programme of Study: UPS School of Political Sciences (2014-today)

Registered students: 382
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course325

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
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
  • Distance learning
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. 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
  • Video lectures
  • 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 assigments11.50.4
Student Assessment
Written exams (due to the pandemic with the use of elearning)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Hay, Colin, Lister Michael & Marsh David (2011) Το Κράτος. Θεωρίες και Προσεγγίσεις, Αθήνα: Σαββάλας ( εγχειρίδιο μαθήματος) 2. Φάκελος σημειώσεων διαθέσιμος στο eLearning του μαθήματος (υποχρεωτικό για την επιτυχή εξέταση του μαθήματος)
Additional bibliography for study
Clements, E. (2020) Τι είναι η πολιτική κοινωνιολογία; Εκδόσεις Αλεξάνδρεια, Αθήνα Σεραφετινίδου, Μελίνα (2002) Εισαγωγή στην Πολιτική Κοινωνιολογία, Αθήνα: Γ. Δαρδανός Lagroye, Jacques, Francois, Bastien & Sawicki, Frederic (2008) Πολιτική Κοινωνιολογία, Αθήνα: Τυπωθήτω-Γ. Δαρδανός Lenk, Kurt (2005) Πολιτική Κοινωνιολογία, Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο Schwartzenberg, Roger - Gérard (1984) Πολιτική Κοινωνιολογία, Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο Weber, Max (1987)Η Πολιτική ως Επάγγελμα, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση Σάσεν, Σάσκια (2011) Κοινωνιολογία της Παγκοσμιοποίησης, Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο 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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