Political Sociology

Undergrad course, University of Arizona, School of Sociology, 2018

I am teaching SOC POL 315 Political Sociology this Fall semester.

The goal of this course is to introduce students the core concepts (i.e., the state, voting and representations) and contributions of political sociology. We will cover a number of topics including: who votes and why, who controls (has power over) the state and its policy, how political systems operate, how political change occurs (or doesn’t occur), how social movements challenge the state, and what are the foundations of democracy and other political systems. In addition to these broad topics at the societal level, we also draw attention to how politics influence our daily lives (e.g., social inequality and health disparity). Moreover, we also focus on sociological methods used to study political phenomena in the American society.