Political Socialisation
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMAN-MPOL049
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Master Political Science;
dr. K. Manevska
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dr. K. Manevska
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Contactperson for the course
dr. K. Manevska
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dr. K. Manevska
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Academic year2022
2  (07/11/2022 to 29/01/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After following this course you are able to…
  1. ...explain what (political) socialization entails, both from a macro- and micro-perspective;
  2. …identify the role of different agents of socialization, most notably: family, school, peers, media, political institutions, and the workplace;
  3. …distinguish between different mechanisms of political socialization;
  4. …analyze between country and within country differences in political socialization;
  5. …critically reflect upon possibilities for, and limits to, the political socialization of adults, and for political and cultural change within societies;
  6. a) [only for students educational master] …apply your knowledge of political socialization in a school/classroom setting and link it to the secondary school courses 'maatschappijleer' and ‘maatschappijwetenschappen’; b) [only for Political Science master students]…recognize and analyze real-life examples of political socialization and its effects on society.
Political socialization entails all processes that contribute to the formation of individual's perceptions of what politics is, as well as the formation of political belief systems and specific political attitudes and opinions. Such perceptions, attitudes and opinions strongly affect individual's decision (how) to engage in politics and are a crucial factor for understanding the long-term legitimacy of political systems. During this course you will learn about various aspects of political socialization. We start with an introduction to the concept of socialization, focusing on what it is and why it is important, both from a macro- and micro-perspective. Thereafter, we will successively focus on youth political socialization, the role of political institutions in socialization, the role of media, adult political socialization, differences between and within countries in political socialization, as well as reflect on the possibilities of cultural and political change. We will also address real-life examples of political socialization in society (for Political Science master students), and reflect on ways to translate knowledge about political socialization to the school/classroom setting (for educational master students).

Presumed foreknowledge
Students with no prior knowledge in Political Science and/or Sociology are advised to contact the course coordinator before subscribing to this course.
Test information
Written exam
Classes are on Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Students need to reserve time in between to work on assignments.
Ma 1

Required materials
See course manual and Brightspace

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Students need to reserve time between morning and afternoon class to work on assignments.

Written exam
Test weight1
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock 2, Block 3

Final grade is based on the written exam

A 'pass' on the majority of assignments is a prerequisite for obtaining a final grade.

Weekly assignments
Test weight0
OpportunitiesBlock 2

A 'pass' on the majority of assignments is a prerequisite for obtaining a final grade.