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General information:
Code:
UBPJO-190
Name:
Society and State
Profile of education:
Academic (A)
Lecture language:
English
Semester:
Spring
Responsible teacher:
dr Małecka Anna (amm@agh.edu.pl)
Academic teachers:
prof. Sackmann Reinhold (reinhold.sackmann@soziologie.uni-halle.de)
Module summary

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Skills
M_U001 Student is able to compare social structuration in Poland and other European countries. - Examination,
Activity during classes
M_U002 Student is capable of deep reflection upon the contemporary world. - Examination,
Activity during classes
Knowledge
M_W001 Student has knowledge of basic concepts of political sociology. - Examination,
Activity during classes
M_W002 Student has knowledge of macrosociology and social structures. - Examination,
Activity during classes
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Others
E-learning
Skills
M_U001 Student is able to compare social structuration in Poland and other European countries. + - - - - - - - - - -
M_U002 Student is capable of deep reflection upon the contemporary world. + - - - - - - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 Student has knowledge of basic concepts of political sociology. + - - - - - - - - - -
M_W002 Student has knowledge of macrosociology and social structures. + - - - - - - - - - -
Module content
Lectures:
Society and State

This lecture will give an introduction into political sociology. It starts with the concepts institution, power and state to sketch a macro-sociological perspective on societal structures of the political field. Then in more detail, fundamental questions of three dimensions of the relation between society and state are analyzed. In a first step, the interpenetration of society and state in form of party- and voting-systems as well as voluntary organizations and their influence are discussed. In a second step, the transformation of conflicts by state structures is looked upon. A last step focuses on the achievement dimension of the state and its change. As one aim of the course is to sharpen senses to perceive and reflect taken for granted structures, empirical international comparisons between Poland and Germany are used as case study material.

Course Objectives:

To get an overview on political sociology, its concepts and its way of thinking.

To understand the influence of institutional structures on social structure.

To compare societal structuration in Germany and Poland.

To develop critical thinking skills in discussion.

To apply conceptual analysis to case studies.

To take what you have learned in this course and see the continuing implications and relevance.

Schedule:

Please note that this schedule is tentative and schedule to change at the instructor’s discretion

Introduction, background. Key concept institution.


What is a state? Definition and change of state. The concepts of domination and power. Case study: State territory in Germany and Poland.


Interpenetration of state and society I. Parties and voting-systems. The analytical concept cleavage. Case study: Parties in Poland and Germany.


Interpenetration of state and society II. Civil society and interest organizations. Types: clubs, movements, organizations. Activation. Case study: Trade unions in Germany and Poland.


State and Conflicts I. Legal systems. Law and punishment. Law and interest conflicts. Material law. Case study: Corruption in Poland and Germany.


State and Conflicts II. War and hegemonic order. Types of war. Military organization and military action. Case study: Contemporary wars of Poland and Germany.


State and achievements. Welfare policy, networks and commodification. Case study: Education provision in Germany and Poland.


Final exam.

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 100 h
Module ECTS credits 4 ECTS
Participation in lectures 30 h
Preparation for classes 35 h
Realization of independently performed tasks 35 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:

Exams: There will be one final exam which can include multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false, short answer and/or essay questions. The material covered on the test will come from class lectures. This exam is worth 90% of your grade.

Attendance and Participation: This includes pop quizzes and participation in class discussions. You will not be successful in this course without regular class attendance. This is worth 10% of your grade.

Prerequisites and additional requirements:

Prerequisites and additional requirements not specified

Recommended literature and teaching resources:

All lecture presentations for this course will be available on AGH’s Scholar’s Panel.

Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:

Additional scientific publications not specified

Additional information:

None