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“The appetite for democracy arises not from political theory but from the tangible needs of millions of people”

                                                                                    James Laxer, 2009: 113


Think you aren't involved in politics? Think again!

If you are interested in the dynamics of power in society - the nature and sources of power and influence, and the processes through which these are allocated, seized, legitimized, and exercised in society - then political sociology is for you. Political sociology includes in the "political" everything from analyses of government and the state through to the study of civil society, social movements, the interpersonal politics of family life, political socialization, and political culture. In this course you will have the opportunity to explore the idea of ‘Civil Society’, and the roles played by civil society actors. What are we to make of this slippery concept? To what extent does strong democracy require a strong civil society? Why and how are governments now restricting the space for independent civil action? Does civil society offer transformative potential, or does it merely provide an excuse for governments to abdicate their responsibilities? These and other questions will be addressed in this course, as you explore civil society and collective action.



What are the prerequisites?

The prerequisites for this course are any one of the following: completion of SOAN 1101, completion for both SOAN 1102 and 1103, completion of 1.0 unit of Political Studies, or permission of the instructor.



When is this course offered?

This course will be offered Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:00-4:15 PM during the Winter 2014 term.




Please contact the instructor, Dr. Leslie Brown.