Power and authority are fundamental aspects of social life. They are manifested in virtually all forms of social relations. Power and authority are most obviously manifested in political institutions, such as the modern nation-state, and in political processes, such as elections and social movements. This course examines power and authority focusing on but going beyond the state and politics. Through the course, students will be able to gain an introductory understanding of political sociology and to discover how power works in a variety of settings.
This course aims to engage students in theoretically grounded empirical investigations of power and politics in Asia. The course introduces students to core concepts and theoretical debates in political sociology and extends these to an analysis of political processes in a variety of settings. The course is explicitly concerned with the evaluation of different theoretical perspectives in light of empirical conditions and changes.