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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2007

SOC 320K • Political Sociology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47625 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
BUR 208
Higley

Course Description

Political sociology seeks to explain political outcomes by fusing various determinants of mass political behavior - such as social class, gender, race, and religion - with relatively autonomous political behaviors of elites. There is, however, no widely recognized theory that has done this successfully. Trying to rectify this situation, the first half of this course will present a theory that fuses changing compositions of work forces and associated mass political orientations with types of political elites and associated political regimes and with ideologies that skew both mass and elite political behavior. The course's second half will use this theory to take stock of today's ominous world trends and project their likely political outcomes, however much the outcomes may be at odds with current beliefs and hopes.

Grading Policy

Two in-class hour examinations, short-answer and multiple choice format, one in mid-October, the other just before Thanksgiving 25% each
A three-hour examination, involving short answers and two essays, during the Final Examination period 50%

Attendance at class meetings will be well nigh essential, although it is reasonable that a student might miss one or two meetings. For any additional absence(s), a compelling and documented explanation will be required.

Texts

Francis Fukuyama, America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy, Yale Univ. Press, 2006 (paperback 2007)
John Higley and Michael Burton, Elite Foundations of Liberal Democracy, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (paperback), 2006
Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Penguin Press, 2005 (paperback 2007)
John Mueller, The Remnants of War Cornell Univ. Press, 2004 (paperback 2007)
Fareed Zakaria, The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad, Norton Publishing Co., 2003 (paperback 2004)

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