Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
you must pick three articles. Authors do not necessarily disagree with each other. However, each text sheds a speciﬁc light on the issue at stake. For instance, combining a classical, theoretical text with a recent, empirical one is a good idea. Whatever the type of texts you choose, your essay must clearly show how the texts relate to the issue covered in the session. Take the ﬁnal exam. The ﬁnal exam will consist of three or four questions covering broad topics addressed in the course. Grading weights : Midterm exam : 20%, Critical essay : 40%, Final exam : 40%. Course Description : In contemporary Western societies, public and private organizations –deﬁned by Philip Selznick as “tools with a life of their own”– are the most important meso-level social structures that make it possible for interdependent, heterogeneous, often conﬂicting and competing members to work and produce together, i.e. coordinate their activities and cooperate at various levels (intra- and inter-organizational, local and global). This course is a sociological introduction to contemporary rationalization of work and managerialization of society. It will focus on general concepts used to account for these organizing efforts, such as bureaucracy, collegiality, power, institution, governance and networks. It will also look at issues such as the relationship between organizations and their environments by exploring their dependence on technology, professions, and markets ; their capacity to build institutions ; their relationship with social stratiﬁcation and inequalities ; and the ways in which they build an 'organizational society'. Required reading : See syllabus.
(team work) : 20% 4. One discussant's commentary on oral presentation (individual work) : 15% Pedagogical Method : This is a reading, discussion and collective research-based course. The semester is divided in two parts. The ﬁrst 9 sessions are devoted to lectures, during which students will nurture the debate with their critical text review. During the last 3 sessions, students will present the work in progress on their research papers. Course Description : Pakistan is often sensationalistically depicted as ‘the most dangerous country in the world', home to both a failed nuclear state and an overtly rigid, if not entirely fundamentalist, society. Over-mediatized yet understudied, the sixth largest population in the world, and the second largest Muslim one, surely deserved to be understood beyond such stereotypes and in all of its complexity. This is what this course aims at doing, with the help of a selection of the most incisive scholarly works in social sciences on (and from) Pakistan, covering political science, anthropology, sociology and history. It also includes materials such as Pakistani novels, movies, and even poetry (in the section ‘Another Angle'). Indeed, only an interdisciplinary and eclectic scientiﬁc approach can do justice to the diversity, speciﬁcities, and paradoxes of the Pakistani society. Broad in scope, but speciﬁc in its methodology, this elective course focuses on the interlinkages between social and political issues. It thus explores key political matters, - military regime, local democracy, political violence, etc. -, but from the perspective of its social dimensions. For instance, we will be looking at the social roots of the military' political domination, rather than at the better known international insecurity factor. Conversely, the course will address some important social changes through the prism of their political impact, with topics such as the link between Taliban militancy and the evolving pattern of tribal structure, to mention just one more example. Required reading : Sarah ANSARI, ‘The Pakistan Movement : 1940-1947' (in R. D. LONG dir., A History of Pakistan, 2015), pp. 384-414.
SOCIOLOGY OF PAKISTAN
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Amélie BLOM (Lecturer). Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : To v