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Title of the Study Program

Sociology of Politics

Title of the Module

Civic Society

Faculty, Department

Faculty of Social Education, Department of Social Work and Sociology


Lect. Gintautas Bužinskas


223 room T. Ševčenkos st. 31,Vilnius.

Telephone: (8 5) 233 17 08

E-mail: psk@leu.lt

Language of Instruction


Required Prerequisites


Suggested Academic Cycle or Year of Studies

Bachelor degree studies



ECTS Credits


Contact Hours per Week


Compulsory/ Elective


Methods of Teaching

Lecture, discussion, mind mapping, evaluative discussion, Written debates, evaluative discussion, case analysis

Form of Assessment

Active participation in seminars 15%

Test 15%

(Group) project 20%

Examination 50%

Course Description

The course of Civic Society consists of the introduction and two parts. The first part deals with the analysis of the historical development of the idea of civic society. The second part focuses on the exploration of the structure and functions of civic society as well expression of its elements in different societies. The institutionalization of civic society in post-totalitarian countries, the problems of empirical research of civic society as well as requirements set for civic education are also analyzed in the second part.


  1. Mickūnas A. Demokratija šiandien (Democracy Today). Articles and essays. Vilnius, 2007

  2. Norkus Z. Kokia demokratija, koks kapitalizmas?:pokomunistinė transformacija Lietuvoje lyginamosios istorinės sociologijos požiūriu (What Democracy, What Capitalism?: Post-Communist Transformation in Lithuania in the Aspect of Comparative Historical Sociology). Vilnius, 2008

  3. Pilietinė visuomenė: politikos įpilietinimo projekcijos (Civil Society: Projections of Political Citizenship). Klaipėda, 2006

  4. Seligman A. B. Pilietinės visuomenės idėja (Idea of Civil Society). Vilnius, 2004

  5. Tismaneanu V. Išsivadavimo fantazijos: pokomunistinės Europos mitai, demokratija ir nacionalizmas (Fantasies of Salvation: Democracy, Nationalism, and Myth in Post-Communist Europe). Vilnius, 2003

Supplementary reading list

  1. Burke E. Apmąstymai apie Prancūzijos revoliuciją (Reflections on the French Revolution). Vilnius, 2009

  2. Changing Images of Civil Society: from Protest to Governance [edited by B. Jobert and B. Kohler-Koch] London; New York: Routledge, 2008

  3. Degėsys L., Bužinskas G., et al. Socialinio ir kasdienio gyvenimo tikrovė (Reality of Social and Everyday Life). Vilnius, 2007

  4. Germain R. D. and Kenny M. The Idea of Global Civil Society: Politics and Ethics in a Globalizing Era. London: Routledge, 2005

  5. Lietuvos visuomenės Pilietinės galios indeksas 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (Index of Civil Power of Lithuanian Society 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). http://www.civitas.lt

  6. Pilietinės kompetencijos pagrindai (Basics of Civil Competence): teacher’s book. VilniuS, 2006

  7. Putnam R. D. Kad demokratija veiktų: pilietinės tradicijos šiuolaikinėje Italijoje (Making Democracy Work: Civc Traditions in Modern Italy). Vilnius, 2001

  8. Subscribed and tested data base SocINDEX with Full Text: Civitas Review http://www.civitas.org.uk/books/newsletter.php

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