Political Sociology


  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT SOCIAL POLICY
LEVEL OF STUDIES LEVEL 6
COURSE CODE 32 SEMESTER 1Ο & 3Ο
COURSE TITLE POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
TEACHINGACTIVITIES
If theECTSCreditsaredistributedin distinct partsofthecoursee.g. lectures, labsetc. IftheECTSCreditsareawardedto the wholecourse, thenplease indicate the teaching hours per week and the corresponding ECTS Credits.
TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS CREDITS
  3 6
Please, addlinesifnecessary.Teaching methods and organization of the course are described in section 4.    
COURSE TYPE

Background, GeneralKnowledge, Scientific Area, Skill Development

 
PREREQUISITES: ΝΟ
TEACHING & EXAMINATION LANGUAGE: GREEK
COURSE OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS: YES
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  1. LEARNING OUTCOMES
Learning Outcomes
Please describe the learning outcomes of the course: Knowledge, skills and abilities acquired after the successful completion of the course.
·         The aim of the course is to introduce and discuss the main research topics of political sociology with emphasis on political parties.  The course focuses on discussing the relationship among political parties and society, the state, and trade unions and their contribution to the development of modern democracy.  Moreover, emphasis is placed on intra-party life and party structure, on the representation process and on the current trend of political cartelization.

·         At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

(a) Understand and analyze the relationship among political parties and society and the state

(b) Understand changes in the field of modern democracy and representation

(c) Analyze the role of political parties in modern democracies

(d) Understand the transition from elite to mass parties, the meaning of the catch-all strategy and the trend for cartelization process, through changes in the structure and ideology of the political parties

General Skills
Name the desirable general skills upon successful completion of the module
Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information,

ICT Use

Adaptation to new situations

Decision making

Autonomous work

Teamwork

Working in an international environment

Working in an interdisciplinary environment

Production of new research ideas

Project design and management

Equity and Inclusion

Respect for the natural environment

Sustainability

Demonstration of social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

Critical thinking

Promoting free, creative and inductive reasoning

Adaptation to new situations, Decision making, Autonomous work, Teamwork, Working in an interdisciplinary environment, Equity and Inclusion, Critical thinking, Promoting free, creative and inductive reasoning
  1. COURSE CONTENT
1.       Introduction

2.       Party Politics and the functions of the parties. The relationship among political parties with the society and the state.

3.       Elite Parties

4.       Mass Parties

5.       Catch-all parties

6.       Political Cartelization

7.       The Liberals

8.       The Conservatives

9.       The Socialists

10.   Communism and Eurocommunism

11.   Fascist Parties

12.   May 1968 and new social movements

13.   The transformation of democracy, post-democracy and the role of political parties

  1. LEARNING & TEACHING METHODSEVALUATION
TEACHING METHOD
Face to face, Distance learning, etc.
Face to face
USE OF INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
Use of ICT in Teaching, in Laboratory Education, in Communication with students
Power Point Slides

Posting key elements of the course at e-class.

TEACHING ORGANIZATION

The ways and methods of teaching are described in detail.

Lectures, Seminars, Laboratory Exercise, Field Exercise, Bibliographicresearch& analysis, Tutoring, Internship (Placement), Clinical Exercise, Art Workshop, Interactive learning, Study visits, Study / creation, project, creation, project. Etc.

 

The supervised and unsupervised workload per activity is indicated here, so that total workload per semester complies to ECTS standards.

Activity Workload/semester
Lectures:  During lectures the material is developed through theory and examples. Lectures are held in an interactive manner, mainly through question-and-answer method. Moreover, students are divided in groups in order to promote in order to promote the process of collaboration and to sharpen their critical capacity.

 

75
Seminars:  During their duration, specific topics are presented and analyzed. The Seminars focus on interdisciplinary, as the analysis of the relationship of party politics with the society and the state is based on knowledge of political science, political economy, public finances and state theory in order to enable students to understand the development of the political parties. 60
Project: The writing of case studies and /or book reviews leads to the learning, understanding and finally to comprehend the basic theories of the Party Politics. 15
Total 150
Student Evaluation

Description of the evaluation process

 Assessment Language, Assessment Methods, Formative or Concluding, Multiple Choice Test, Short Answer Questions, Essay Development Questions, Problem Solving, Written Assignment, Essay / Report, Oral Exam, Presentation in audience, Laboratory Report,Clinical examination of a patient,Artistic interpretation, Other/Others

 Please indicate all relevant information about the course assessment and how students are informed 

 

Written Assignment or Oral Exam

 

SUGGESTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Eleftheriou, C., (2021). The Political Party, Athens: ENA (in Greek)

Spourdalakis, M., (1990). For the Theory and Study of Political Parties, AthensQ Exantas (in Greek)

Agnioli, G., (1972). The Transformation of Democracy, Athens: Epikouros (in Greek)

Berlinguer, E., (1977), Historical Compromise, Athens: Themelio (in Greek).

Berman, S., (2014), The Primacy of Politics: Social democracy and the Making of Europe’s Twentieth Century, Crete, University of Crete Publications (in Greek).

Blyth M., (2007),  “Social-Democracy and Political Cartelization”, Monthly Review, No. 27 (92), (in Greek).

Carrillio, S., (1978), Euro-communism and the State, Athens: Themelio (in Greek)

Cerroni, U., (1986), Theory of Political Party, Thessaloniki: Paratiritis.

Diamantopoulos, Th.(1989),  Parties and Party Systems, Athens: Exantas (in Greek).

Duverger, M., (1964), Political Parties: Their Organization and Activity in the Modern State, London: Methuen.

Eley, G., (2002), Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, Vol.2, Athens: Savallas (in Greek)

Katz R. & Mair P. (1995), “Changing models of party organization and party democracy: the emergence of the cartel party”, Party Politics, 1:1, 5-28

Kirchheimer O., (1991), “The Transformation of Party Systems in Western Europe”, Leviathan, No.11 (in Greek)

Lange, P., (1979), “Crisis and consent, change and compromise: Dilemmas of Italian communism in the 1970s”, West European Politics, 2:3, 110-132.

Mair, P., (2000), “Partyless Democracy: Solving the Paradox of the New Labour?”, New Left Review, Vol.2

Michels, R., (1996), Democracy and The Iron Law of Oligarchy, Leviathan, No, 16 (in Greek)

Sasson, D., (2001), One Hundred Years of Socialism, Athens: Kastaniotis (in Greek)

Serafetinidou, M., (2002), Introduction to Political Sociology, Athens: Gutenberg (in Greek)

 

 

 

ANNEX OF THE COURSE OUTLINE

 

Alternative ways of examining a course in emergency situations

 

Teacher (full name): Chrysanthos Tassis
Contact details: ctassis@sp.duth.gr
Supervisors: (1) No
Evaluation methods: (2) written assignment
Implementation Instructions: (3) Written examination with distance learning methods through eclass. The students have to reply to three questions into one hour time. They have to join eclass and be informed about the questions. When they are ready to reply, they have to load their answers through a “word file” in the link “essay” at eclass. All the replies are checked through the “turn it in” system in order reliability of the exams to be ensured.

 

  • Please write YES or NO
  • Notedowntheevaluationmethodsusedbytheteacher, e.g.
  • written assignmentor/andexercises
  • writtenororalexaminationwithdistancelearningmethods, provided that the I ntegrity and reliability of the examination are ensured.
  • In the Implementation Instructions section, the teacher notes down clear instructions to the students:

 

  1. a) in case of written assignment and / or exercises: the deadline (e.g. the last week of the semester),the means of submission, the grading system, the grade percentage of the assignment in the final grade and any other necessary information.
  2. b) incaseoforal examination with distance learning methods: the instructions for conducting the examination (e.g. in groups of X people), the way of administration of the questions to be answered, the distance learning platforms to be used, the technical means for the implementation of the examination (microphone, camera, word processor, internet connection, communication platform), the hyperlinksfor the examination, the duration of the exam, the gradingsystem, the percentage of the oral exam in the final grade, the ways in which the inviolability and reliability of the exam are ensuredand any other necessary information.
  3. c) incaseofwritten examination with distance learning methods:the way of administration of the questions to be answered, the way of submitting the answers, the duration of the exam, the grading system, the percentage of the written exam of the exam in the final grade, the ways in which the integrity and reliability of the exam are ensured and any other necessary information.

There should be anattached list with the Student Registration Numbersonly of students eligible to participate in the examination.

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