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Comparative Political Sociology : Chosen Themes

Sociologie politique comparée : thèmes choisis

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Mounia Bennani-Chraïbi
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2016 -> 2017

No timetable defined.


Autumn semester
4 hours per week
56 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


This seminar has the objective of making students familiar with empirical work in relation with a topic of comparative political sociology. A certain angle will be privileged: the associative actions pertaining questions related to migration and integration in the Canton of Vaud.

In relation with this topic, many objectives are targeted:

1) Reinforcement of transversal skills:
- Analytical reading of theoretical and methodological studies
- Public speaking skills
- Writing skills
- Comparative approach

2) Development of basic skills in qualitative methodology:
- The capacity to conceive modalities of data collection through observation, interviews, document analysis.
- The capacity to prepare and conduct data collection through observation, interviews and document analysis.
- Analysis of the collected data through observation, interviews and document analysis.


Topic: Acting on the integration of migrants: volunteers, activists and professionals

The associative space in the Canton of Vaud pertaining migration questions and integration is so wide that the brochure entitled "Contacts in the environment of migration", published by the Cantonal Bureau of Foreign Integration and Racism Prevention, has dedicated more than 100 pages to associations. This field of action mobilizes activists, volunteers and professionals whether they are Swiss or non-Swiss. Through researches based on interviews, observations and documentary sources, the main issue is to focus on actors of this field in associative action: In which circumstances and through which paths have the volunteers, activists and professionals become engaged in the struggle against racism and discrimination? Which modalities of action do they privilege? How do they assume ownership of the categories produced through the actions of the struggle against racism and discrimination?


Students will be evaluated on a number of aspects of their work:

I - The discussion of texts will be evaluated individually on the basis of:
1) Active participation during the sessions
2) Text summaries to be posted on Moodle

II- The investigative project is developed as we go along. It is comprised of research stages which will be integrated in the final report.

Canton de Vaud
Swiss University
Unicentre  -  CH-1015 Lausanne  -  Suisse  -  Tél. +41 21 692 11 11  -  Fax  +41 21 692 26 15