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The Political Theory

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
2 year, 1, 2 module


Akopov, Sergei

Riabov, Dmitriy

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 identify scientific subject
  • Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
  • Able to think critically and interpret the experience (personal and of other persons), relate to professional and social activities
  • Student 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
  • Student is capable of reporting the results of the information retrieval and analysis, academic or applied research she/he has conducted: - in various genres (including reviews, policy papers, reports and publications pertaining to socio-political subject matter); - and depending on the target audience
  • Student is familiar with notions of imperialism and colonialism
  • Student is familiar with notions of discourse and post-structuralism
  • Student is familiar with notion of violence
  • Student is familiar with notion of feminism
  • Student is familiar with multiculturalism
  • Student is familiar with concepts of social fact and constructivism
  • Student is familiar with concepts of nation and nationalism
  • Student is familiar with concept of sovereignty
  • Student is familiar with concept of power
  • Student is familiar with concept of modernity
  • Student is familiar with concept of legitimacy
  • Student is familiar with concept of identity
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction, Thinking Politically
  • Power
  • Violence
  • Sovereignty
  • Modernity
  • Identity
  • Nation and NatIonalism
  • Legitimacy
  • Multiculturalism
  • Feminism
  • Social Fact and Constructivism
  • Discourse and Post-Structuralism
  • Imperialism and Colonialism
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking essay
  • non-blocking quiz
  • non-blocking in-class participation
    Some of the seminars is devoted to group discussion or modelling of group decision making based on the concept that are studied in the classrom.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.4 * essay + 0.4 * in-class participation + 0.2 * quiz


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • The Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy / Klosko, G — Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. — 856 с. — ISBN 9780199238804. — URL: https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199238804.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199238804 (дата обращения: 30.08.2019). — Текст : электронный.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Estlund, D. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 17 Feb. 2020, from https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195376692.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780195376692