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   Course Title    Changing Societies in Newly Independent State
Lecturer    Kubat Moldobaev
Institution    Dastan University
Country    Kyrgyzstan


I. Aim of the Course

The purpose of the course of lectures is to analyze the current state and perspectives of development of societies in the former USSR, to help students in the studying and comprehension of the actual social problems of NIS, in particular of Kyrgyzstan.

II. Methods used

Theoretical methods of concrete sociological researches were used, Press content analysis, historical documents analysis, generalization and comprehension of collected materials and its systematic statement for preparing special course of lectures

III Course Overview

The course analyses various contemporary theories of society; societal, political, economical, cultural dimensions of social transformations. The main focus of the course is Kyrgyzstan. The course explores modern basic institutes in Kyrgyzstan, analyzes problems and perspectives of democratization of the society, social and cultural aspects of transformation in Kyrgyzstan.

IV Course Content

I. Theoretical and Methodological Problems of Modern Society

1.1 Contemporary theories of Society (Marquise, Fromm, P.Sorokin, G. Tard, Jaspers, Ortega-i-Gasset, Haideger, Toffler, etc.)

1.2 Types of modern society (American, European, South-Eastern etc.)

1.3 Social and National Identity of the Society in NIS

1.4 The Post-Soviet Societies and Democracy

II. The Kyrgyz Society and Democracy

2.1 Modern Basic Institutes of the Society in Kyrgyzstan

2.2 Some Results and Problems of the Democratization of the Society in Kyrgyzstan

III. Social and Cultural Transformation of the Society in Kyrgyzstan

3.1 Changes in Values Orientations. New Social Ideals.

3.2 Current Social and cultural Situation in Kyrgyzstan

3.3 Intellectual Potential and Societal Will in the Society in Kyrgyzstan

V. Readings

  1. Bell D. The Coming of Post-Industrial Society. N.Y., 1973

  2. Fromm E. To have or to be? N.Y., 1976

  3. Fukuyama F. The End of History?/ The National Interest, No 16, (Summer 1989)

  4. Kumar K. The sociology of industrial and post-industrial society. London, 1981

  5. Lipset S.M. Ideology and no end// Encounter, 1972

  6. Marcuse. One-dimensional man. Studies in the ideology of advanced industrial society.Boston, 1964

  7. Masuda Y. The information society as post-industrial society. Washington, 1983

  8. Popper K.R. The open society and its enemies. Princeton, 1971

  9. Sorokin P.A. Social and cultural dynamics. The Bedminster Press,1962

  10. Sociological Methods. Chicago, 1970

  11. Toffler A. The Third Wave. N.Y.,1980

  12. Abramzon S. Kyrgyz: Ethnogenetical and Cultural Links. Bishkek, 1990

  13. Iluin V. Panarin A. Philosophy of Politics. Moscow, 1994

  14. History of Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, 1993

  15. Kouchuev T. Brudny A. Independent Kyrgyzstan: third Way. Bishkek, 1993

  16. National Human Development Report of Kyrgyz Republic. Bishkek, 1998



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