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Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 23/11/2014
SOCI0131-1  Sociology of Democratic Processes

Duration :  30h Th
Number of credits :  
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en administration publique, 1st year5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en administration publique, 2nd year5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en politiques européennes, 1st year5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en politiques européennes, 2nd year5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en relations internationales, 1st year5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en relations internationales, 2nd year5
Master en sciences politiques, à finalité spécialisée en science, technologie et société, 1st year5
Master in Population and Development studies, Research Focus, 2nd year6
Master in Sociology, in-depth approach, 1st year3
Master in Sociology, didactic approach, 1st year3
Master en sociologie, à finalité spécialisée en immigration studies, 1st year3
Master in Sociology, Professional focus in applied sociology, 1st year3
Master in Labour Sciences, Professional Focus, 1st year3
Master in Sociology and Anthropology3
Lecturer :  Marc Jacquemain
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
Course contents :  
The question of democratic processes is adressed each year trhrough the study of a specific theme. For the year 2012-2013, the course will be based on one of the Ronald Inglehart's book on global scale value change. The exact book will be decided at the beginning of the course.
Learning outcomes of the course :  
Through the discussion of a specific theme linked to democratic processess at global scale, 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.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Being able to read sociological literature in english. Being able to read and interpret simple statistical tables and figures.
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.
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 one of the two following books 
- Pippa Norris et Ronald Inglehart (2011) : "The sacred and the secular", Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Mass.
- Ronald Inglehart et Christian Welzel (2005) : "Modernization, cultural change and democracy. The humain developmen sequence" Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Mass.
ONE COPY OF THE BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE STUDENTS WHO DO NOT WANT TO BUY IT
 
Assessment methods and criteria :  
The final note will be attributed to the students according to their presentation and participation for the seminar.
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



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