Political Ideologies

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The purpose of the course is to give a comprehensive overview to the modern political ideologies. The course starts off with the concept of ideology itself, in both historical and post-Cold War context, by paying attention to the linguistic turn in historiography in clarifying different approaches to ideology vs discourse.Then, we examine major ideologies such a way in which we shall discuss the theoretical considerations first, and then the impact of these ideas. The course aim to put these ideologies into the context of social and political practice. Beside some 'classic' ideologies (liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, fascism, nationalism etc.) which all had significant impact in the history of ideas, we will discuss some 'new' ideologies (feminism, ecologism, new left, new right) and issues in democratic political participation in the era of globalization) will be discussed. We will follow the main debates on ideology too.


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Students will be able to understand and analyze diferent political arguments in their wider, ideological context and they will be more
sophisticated in dealing with the cultural, ideological and social embeddedness of political actiions, discourses, and rhetorics. The course will enhance the students’ critical thinking in revealing and uncovering one of the major components (i.e. ideology) has been present in the history off politics and political ideas.



Students are required to follow the readings before each meeting, to attend the seminars and to participate actively in the class discussions (20%).


Students should write two position papers, which should be handed over in a print-out form. (20%)


Depending on the size of class, each student will be asked to give one or two presentations (20%).


Students need to write a 3000-word final essay by the last meeting of the semester. The topic, chosen by the student, has to be approved by the professor in advance. Its length should be cca. 3000 words to be handed in a print-out form as well as sent electronically (40%)





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