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Contemporary Political Thought

Political Science
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course is aimed for students to get to know some of the major political theorists and their work . Also students must be introduced and be able to understand the importance of the political thought to the research work on analytic, theoretical and methodological perspectives. Political thought is important for understanding politics, so studying the political theorists and their theories will help in a better understanding of political thought and politics.

Course Content

1. Political Theories

  a) Egalitarian - Liberalism

  b) Libertarianism

  c) Communitarianism

  d) Republicanism

  e) Feminism

  f) Deliberative democracy

  g) Multiculturalism

2. The dominant ideas, ideologies, and political thinking. The biography and context. Authors and circumstances. The hermeneutics of understanding

  a) About Democracy: Croce, Rawls, Habermas

  b) Understanding Biopolitics: Arendt, Foucault e Agamben

  c) Foundations of Liberty: Berlin, Hayek e Rothbard

  d) Society and Culture: Jaurés, Gramsci e Fukuyama

3. The XX Century and the transition to the XXI Century

4. Globalization as political thinking and discourse

5. The non-institutionalised rallying against plutocracy

6. Technics as justification. Security and expectations

7. Fear and social instability

8. The network society

9. Multiculturalism as an ideology

10. The growing of the new nationalisms


Finlayson A. ,Contemporary Political Thought: A Reader and Guide

Gaus, G. F., Yukatas, C. Handbook of Political Theory , 2004 , London: Sage.

Farrelly, C., Contemporary Political Theory , 2004, Sage Publications