Study Programmes 2015-2016
SOCI0131-1  
Political Sociology Seminar
Duration :
30h Th
Number of credits :
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité5
Master in Population and Development Studies6
Master in Population and Development Studies6
Master in Sociology3
Master in Labour sciences3
Master in Sociology and Anthropology3
Lecturer :
Marc Jacquemain
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
The seminar in political sociology develops each year a specific theme about evolution of political values and behaviour.
For the year 2015-2016, the seminar will focus on Christian Welzel and Ronald Inglehart's book "Modernization, cultural change and democray. The Human development sequence".
Using four decades of "world values surveys", the authors analyses the link between economic mdernization at a global scale and and the transformation of political values et attitudes.
The seminar will select some key chapters. The number of chapters will depend on the number of student following the course, since the seminar is based on students presentation (see downwards).
Learning outcomes of the course :
Through the discussion of the specific theme of the year, the goal of the course will be to increase following skills :
- reading a theoretical text in english
- detect how an argumentation is articulated
- realize a synthesis of the argumentation
- make a pedagogically accessible presentation of this synthesis for other students (in french)
- keep a critical stance towards well-established theories or famous scientists.
Discussion will take place in FRENCH but student who prefer to present in English will be allowed to.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Being able to read sociological literature in english. Being able to read and interpret simple statistical tables and figures of moderate complexity..
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
The course is a seminar around a book that will be read in common
- all students are supposed to prepare a part of the book and to present it (in group) in front of the class in order to foster a collective discussion
- the teacher will be involved in the preparation of each chapter with the students.
Seminar will be co-animated by prof. Marc Jacquemain Dr Koen Abts (Phd in politcal science) and Patrick Italiano (senior reseacher in CLEO, specialist of methodology).
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Students are supposed to read a part of a book and to prepare a lecture on their reading. The teacher or an assistant helps preparing the lecture.
Recommended or required readings :
THERE IS NO COMPULSORY TEXTBOOK
The seminar will be based on the following book
 - Ronald Inglehart et Christian Welzel (2005) : "Modernization, cultural change and democracy. The humain developmen sequence" Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Mass.
ONE COPY OF THE SELECTED CHAPTERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE STUDENTS WHO DO NOT WANT TO BUY THE BOOK
 
Assessment methods and criteria :
The final note will be attributed to the students according to their presentation and participation for the seminar. There is thus no formal examination.
REGULAR ATTENDANCE TO THE SEMINAR IS MANDATORY
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Regular attendance to seminars is compulsory (see above).
Attendance is limited to 30 students.
Contacts :
Teacher : Marc Jacquemain
04 366 30 72
Secretariat : Marina Salerno
04 366 31 61