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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»

Political Theory

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 3, 4 модуль


Коцур Глеб Владиславович

Кузьменко Анна Владимировна

Course Syllabus


Students will learn about why these concepts of political theory matter, what controversies surround each of them and what the vigorous debates and disagreements about them reveals about the character of contemporary politics in the era of globalization. By the end of the course students will have a much better understanding of the ideational, normative dimension of political science. They will learn about how to do concept analysis, and generally improve their analytical capabilities and their abilities to grasp the essence of abstract ideas
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the concepts and authors of the contemporary political theory, grounding students in several national theoretical traditions and encouraging them to produce analysis beyond the nation-states centered paradigm.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to think critically and interpret the experience (personal and of other persons), relate to professional and social activities
  • Is capable of posing research problems relevant to the study of political phenomena and political processes; setting particular research tasks; and putting together a research design
  • Is familiar with concept of identity
  • Is familiar with concept of legitimacy
  • Is familiar with concept of modernity
  • Is familiar with concept of power
  • Is familiar with concept of sovereignty
  • Is familiar with concepts of nation and nationalism
  • Is familiar with concepts of social fact and constructivism
  • Is familiar with multiculturalism
  • Is familiar with notion of violence
  • Is familiar with notions of discourse and post-structuralism
  • Is familiar with notions of imperialism and colonialism
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: multiple political theories
  • Modernity and Nature
  • Cooperation and Community
  • Justice and Equality
  • Freedom and Liberty
  • People and Representation
  • State, Nation, Society
  • Conflict and Violence
  • Empire and Civilization
  • Religion and Culture
  • Ideology and Discourse
  • Identity, Subject, Agent
  • Technology and the Material Turn
  • Power and the Political
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Exam
    Examination is oral and lasts for 2 academic hours. Students are informed about the final list of questions in advance. At the exam a student receives randomly two questions from the list.
  • non-blocking Final Test
    The final test is organized at the last seminar and is conducted in a test form with multiple-answers, T/F, open questions, and others.
  • non-blocking Group Presentation
    Oral group presentation of the analysis of 1 book on political theory within the scope of our course. Critical analysis: structure, major claims, sources and methods, conclusions, possible counterarguments and contemporary discussion. The oral presentation must be accompanied by a .ppt-compatible document.
  • non-blocking Seminar Discussion
    Students participate in in-class discussion, either individually or in groups, that is based on readings and points of discussion that are available beforehands
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 4th module
    0.2 * Exam + 0.3 * Final Test + 0.2 * Group Presentation + 0.3 * Seminar Discussion


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Goodin, R. E., & Pettit, P. (2019). Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology (Vol. Third edition). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2100217

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bell, D. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy The Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy. Political Studies Review, 12(1), 94–95. https://doi.org/10.1111/1478-9302.12041_11
  • The Oxford handbook of political theory / ed. by John S. Dryzek . (2006). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.121392570