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The Political Theory

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
5
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
2 year, 1, 2 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

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
  • 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 concept of modernity
  • Student is familiar with concept of power
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: thinking politically in different ways
  • Power
  • Theories of political violence, enemies and Just War
  • Sovereignty and State
  • Modernity
  • Identity and ontological security
  • Nation, Nationalism and patriotism
  • Multiculturalism
  • Cosmopolis and transnationalism
  • Social fact and constructivism
  • Gender and feminism
  • Discourse and poststructuralism
  • Hegemony and postcolonialism
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

  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.4 * essay + 0.4 * in-class participation + 0.2 * quiz
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Robert E. Goodin, & Philip Pettit. (2019). Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology: Vol. Third edition. Wiley-Blackwell.

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