Aim of the course
To provide students with a framework for understanding
comparative political sociology as a science and seeing it as a tool
applicable to social problems and social processes of post-soviet
political space in the context of the transition period.
Students will be exposed to fundamental concepts used in
Western and Post-Communist comparative political sociology, to both
historical and contemporary sociological theories and theorists, to
research methods for picking out empirical data.
One of the key goals of the course "Comparative Political
Sociology" will be to get students to think sociologically about reality
of Ukrainian political space in the background of changes in both the
Western and Post-Communist political spaces.
Role of the course in the overall degree curriculum
The social and political context analysis shows that
political sociology has become one of the symbols and realities of
democratic transformation in Ukraine. The main topic of intellectual
discussion in the field of emerging political sociology is modality,
direction and perspective of Ukrainian transition from the Communist
order. In such situation comparative political sociological analysis helps
young sociologists to develop explanations and test theories of the ways
in which political processes work and in which political changes occurs.
The comparative approach also stimulates young scientists to form general
sociological theories on political relationships and system
transformation. So the development of the course "Comparative Political
Sociology" is very important for the sociological curriculum in
This course will be conducted primarily as a lecture
discussion class for students of the Sociology Faculty of Kharkiv State
University. Four methods of active learning will be incorporated in the
course (group discussion, role-playing, problem task decision). Special
attention will be paid to practical work to master research
The course is supposed to be built on the idea of
politics as "a game space" where social dialogue could be developed and
actors could be explored in detail. The most attention will be paid to the
social mechanisms of political changes in contemporary societies.
Themes that will be examined within the course
"Comparative Political Sociology" include:
- Western comparative political sociology: roots,
main, stages and ways of development.
- Soviet political sociology and political
sociology in post-soviet countries: roots, ways and problems of
- Concepts in comparative political sociology:
why and how we compare, comparative systems and methods.
- Political culture and political identification:
trends in contemporary political cultures, agents of political
identification. Differentiation for various states.
- Political structure and a quality of social
changes: quality of ruling elites, interest group development, trends in
interest aggregations. Differentiation for various societies.
- Political recruitment: exploration of
elections, recruitment of citizens and elites. Comparison of different
- Democracy of social consent for multi-composed
society. Social political indexes of democracy changes.
- Political transformation: theoretical approaches, social indicators
and ways of social conflict resolving (social dialogue and political
participation). Perspectives on Comparative political Studies.
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- Heywood, Andrew. Politics. MACMILLAN Press, 1997.
- Almond, Gabriel A. And G.Bingham Powell. Comparative Politics. A
Theoretical Framework. Harper Collins College Publishers, 1996
- Kegley, Charles W. and Eugene R. Wittkopf. World Politics. Trend
and Transformation. New York, St.Martinís Press, 1993
- Manheim, Jarol B. and Richard K.Rich. Empirical Political
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