Sociology

Beyond the Vote: Citizenship and Participation in Sociology

Module code: L4069A
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

Citizenship and participation is a module looking at the sociology of political involvement beyond the vote. It introduces different forms and sites of citizenship in the contemporary state - in relation to welfare, health, work, consumption, family life and the city or urban community - and also considers different expressions of social or civic activism, from volunteering to violent protest. The use and limitations of direct democratic experiments is examined, through analysis of various types of deliberative forum and citizen polling, and we consider the appeal of notions of 'responsibility' and 'choice'. You will learn through examining specific cases each week.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key topics and debates relating to citizenship and participation in political sociology
  • Demonstrate critical understanding the relationship between individuals and states in different societies and over time
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of empirical material as evidence in specific cases
  • Critically evaluate competing theoretical perspectives on citizenship and participation in writing