Spring 2020  |  SOC 3301W Section 001: Politics and Society (65570)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 235
Enrollment Status:
Open (42 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Political sociology is concerned with the social bases of power and the social consequences of the organization of power, especially how power operates in relationship to various forms of inequality and different institutions. We will explore political socialization, electoral politics and voting, social movements, the media and framing, and politics of inequality, poverty, and welfare. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?broad001+SOC3301W+Spring2020
Class Description:
Politics and society go together like a horse and carriage, but its hard to tell which is the horse and which the carriage! This course approaches politics from the standpoint of society. Accordingly, it does not focus on the details of the formal political institutions such as voting, legislatures or the presidency. Rather, it focuses on how issues develop in society and push politics. Society is divided by social and cultural categories such as race, class, gender, age, education, religion, associational membership, wealth and relationship to the environment. These categories, equal or unequal, exploitative or cooperative, and so forth, determine the allocation of "goods" and "bads" in society, and therefore many political dynamics. In addition, people and groups have different levels of social capital (connections) and cultural capital (for instance, levels of education and tastes about music, theater, literature, news, sports and alcohol). These different factors help create ideological values such as group and nationalist beliefs. They bear upon how individuals and groups think about the issues that face them and how they do or do not translate these into political issues demanding governmental action. These social factors interact with the type of local and national regime and its placement in global systems to channel conflicts and outcomes. Depending on the openness of the regime, popular pressures can lead to peaceful democratic change, open protests, or revolution.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in the social aspects of politics
Learning Objectives:
To write a paper about the social aspects of politics
15% Midterm Exam
15% Final Exam
45% Reports/Papers
5% Quizzes
18% Written Homework
2% Class Participation
Exam Format:
short essay, T/F, multiple choice
Class Format:
60% Lecture
40% Discussion
30 Pages Reading Per Week
30 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
6 Homework Assignment(s)
5 Quiz(zes)
Other Workload: This is a writing intensive (W) course. It requires that you develop your term paper in four stages, each of which is submitted for feedback and improvement.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 November 2019

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