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Political Sociology

Code 13140
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements N/A.
Mode of delivery Day-time, presential
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes - To provide a theoretical-methodological framework that facilitates a sociological perception of the political phenomena; To analyze the characteristics and changes of the actual political phenomena; To promote a critical spirit and a break with common sense interpretations of politics
Students should be able to understand the structuration of power relations in contemporary societies;
- Students should be able to interpret political phenomena on a scientific and methodological basis;
- Students should be able to critically analyze the main theories and interpretation of the modern state and power relations;
- Students should be able to recognize and critically assess the main characteristics and changes in contemporary democratic systems in comparative perspective, and especially the Portuguese reality.
Syllabus CHAPTER I - POLICTICS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
1. What is politics?
2. The multidisciplinarity of polical analysis
3. Power, authority and domination in sociological theory

CHAPTER II - STATE SOVEREIGNTY AND GLOBALIZATION

1. The State and the Citizen
1. Theories of the State
2. Nation-state sovereignty and globalization

CHAPTER III - THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS

1. Introduction to the democratic process
2. The formation of the representation logics
3. Political formations - parties, groups and movements
4. The electoral process: theories and analysis of the Portuguese case
5. Partisan Democracy in Portugal
6. The ideological dimension of politics - left and right
7. Populism
Main Bibliography HELD, David e POLLIT, C. (Eds.), New Forms of Democracy, Sage Pub., Londres
TANSEY, Stephen D. (1995), Politics, the basics, Routledge, Londres
FREIRE, André (2001), Mudança Eleitoral em Portugal, clivagens, economia e voto em Eleições Legislativas (1983-1999), Oeiras: Celta
DUVERGER, Maurice, (1980) Os Partidos Políticos, Zahar Ed., Rio de Janeiro
FREIRE, André e LOPES, F. Farelo (2002), Partidos Políticos e Sistemas Eleitorais, Oeiras: Celta
FREIRE, André, LOBO. Marina C. e MAGALHÃES, Pedro (2004) (org.), Portugal a Votos, Lisboa: ICS
HALL, John A. e IKENBERRY, G. John (1990), O Estado, Ed. Estampa, Lisboa
KIRBY, Mark (1995), Investigating Political Sociology, Harper Collins Publ., Londres
LIPSET, Seymour M. (1992), Consenso e Conflito, Ed. Gradiva, Lisboa
MOUFFE, Chantal (1996), O Regresso do Político, Ed. Gradiva, Lisboa
PIRES, F. Videira (1977), Sociologia Política, Lello & Irmão Editores, Porto
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-06-21

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