Students are expected to be present at all meetings. If one is unable to attend the class, (s)he should signal this via an e-mail to the lecturer. Activity in the classroom can be complemented with questions, suggestions and comments (maximum 200 words) uploaded to the e-learning site before or after the class discussion. The use of electronic devices (laptops, tablets, e-readers, phones, etc.) is kindly discouraged.
The course is organized into lectures and seminars. Typically the first meeting of the week is a lecture, while the second is a seminar. The mandatory literature must be read before the seminars. This format is, however, flexible, depending on the progress in the class and the character of specific topics.
(1) Two in-class presentations: 10+10%
(2) One book review: 15%
(3) Two position papers: 10+10%
(4) Class activity: 15%
(5) Questions uploaded to the e-learning site: 5%
(6) Final essay: 25%
Presentation. You need to give two short (ten-minutes long) presentations that cover a sub-topic of the theme of the week. The presentations need to be based on a short handout, circulated to other seminar participants one day prior to the class.
Position papers. You need to submit two 800 words-long position papers, excluding bibliography. The position papers should summarize the content of the readings assigned for a particular week and comment on them relying on previous readings and lectures. In the position paper you must refer to at least two academic texts on the topic that are additional to the mandatory readings. The reproductive part (intelligent, selective summary that covers the major claims and techniques of the readings) is supposed to provide about 60 percent of the paper. The rest should consist of original ideas, commenting critically on the readings’ concepts, design, methods, or findings. The first position paper must be submitted by the sixth week, uploaded to the e-learning site one day prior to the second meeting of the week.
Book review. You will have to write a book on political sociology or political economy topic. The review needs to be submitted by 15 March.
Class activity and submitted comments. Participation is measured not only by the quantity but also by the quality of contribution. In addition to the activity in the classroom, you need to upload to the e-learning site one question suggested by that week’s readings, with a brief explanation. The question should address important substantive or methodological issues that emerge from that week’s readings.
Final essay. The final 5000-words long paper should be focused on two recently published articles that present opposed, or at least different, views on a substantive, conceptual or methodological matter in the field of political economy or political sociology. The essay may elaborate on the topic of one of the presentations. The essay should highlight and evaluate the differences and aim at solving the controversy. The deadline for the submission of the essay is 8 April.