Political Sociology of Contemporary Society

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  • Study programme/study programmes: Social Policy and Social Work – module Social Policy
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: Political Sociology of Contemporary Society
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof. Vukašin D. Pavlović (50%) and Zoran B. Stojiljković, PhD, Assistant Professor (50% lectures and 50% exercise) and Dušan Spasojević, Teaching Associate
  • Status of the course: Elective
  • Number of ECTS: 8
  • Teaching methods: Lectures and exercise
  • Number of classes: 4+1

Aim and outcome of the course

Political sociology of contemporary society leans on Political Sociology (which was studied in the previous semester) and represents its application on contemporary society and politics. It starts with the topic of globalization as the sharpest framework of contemporary society and politics. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of controversies of new democracies. Theory of social movements, as well as analysis of practice of new social movements, creates an important segment of content of this course. Political participation and political organization represent a significant topic of Political Sociology of Contemporary Society. Extremely significant attention is paid to the studies of political parties, as well to the electoral political sociology. Political sociology of contemporary society deals with trade unions and industrial democracy as well as with other non-governmental organizations and the civil sector as a whole.

The aim of the course is to enable students for understanding the most important processes, phenomena and institutions of contemporary society and politics. By studying the political sociology of contemporary society student not only increases his/her theoretical knowledge about actual problems of contemporary politics, but is also trained to think in an independent and critical manner about contemporary political life and its phenomena.  After successfully completed course student is expected to be trained for expert work both in all democratic institutions of the state and in political parties and movements, civil sector, trade unions.

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching

Two faces of globalization: democratic and authoritarian; Nationalism and ethnification of politics; Theories and models of transition and consolidation of new democracies; Political and civil strategy of democratic changes and actors of civil society; Theories of social movements; Classical and new social movements; Term, characteristics and kinds of political parties; Political parties and state; Political parties and party systems; Social gaps and lines of political division; Party families and program profile of parties, Pre-electoral and post-electoral  coalitions; Trade union, industrial democracy and social dialogue

Practical teaching: Exercise, Other modes of teaching, Study research work

Test of knowledge (seminar paper, analysis of questionnaire)


а) basic:

1. Vukašin Pavlović, Društveni pokreti i promene, 2006, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade (220 pages)

2. Zoran Stojiljković, Slavoljub Luković, Socijalni djalog, 2004, UGS Nezavisnost, Belgrade (30 pages)

3. Zoran Stojiljković, Partijski sistem Srbije, 2006, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade (230)

b) additional

1. Neš Kejt, Savremena politička sociologija, 2006, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade, (200 pages)

2. Demokratija u političkim strankama, editor Zoran Lutovac, FES, IDN, 2005, Belgrade (150 pages)

3. Slaviša Orlović, Političke partije i moć, 2002, Čigoja štampa, Belgrade

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10
  • Colloquim(a) 20
  • Seminar(s) 30

Final examination

  • Oral examination 40

Tekst preuzet sa: Faculty of Political Sciences: http://www.fpn.bg.ac.rs/en

Link do teksta: http://www.fpn.bg.ac.rs/en/undergraduate-studies/social-policy-and-social-work/fourth-year/political-sociology-of-contemporary-society/

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