Political Sociology

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Sociology

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course cannot be taken in conjuction with Social Issues and Policy Responses.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Political sociology can simply and broadly be defined as the study of the relationship between society and politics and vice versa. Traditionally political sociologists have focused on such topics as the types of socio-political orders, theories of the state, or political culture. Recent years have seen much attention being devoted to the study of a range of issues relating to power, war and organized violence, political legitimacy, authority, ideology, civil society, citizenship, new social movements, nationalism, ethnicity and globalisation. What this course will attempt to do is provide an introduction to both classical and contemporary issues in political sociology. The intention is to review the leading theoretical and historical approaches in the field in a way that illustrates theory with concrete empirical work and case studies.

    Teaching and learning methods: Series of lectures
    Methods of assessment and examination: Two-hour written exam (70%). 30% of marks are awarded for coursework in semester 1 general seminars.
    Core text: Assigned readings.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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