PI (Political Ideologies: Theory & History)


About the Course

The aim of this course is to give an introduction to the general concept of ideology as well as the political ideologies of our time and the past century. For that purpose we will be analysing a diverse group of political ideologies including liberalism, socialism, fascism, feminism, ecologism and anarchism. The course will attempt to make the theory and the doctrine behind each ideology familiar for the student before giving the historical context from which the ideology is born. For some special weeks we will be watching films (documentaries) in order to bridge the gap between theory and history.

The students are obliged to attend the class sessions and are encouraged to actively participate in class discussions. They are also expected to ask any questions they might have about the subject matter including any part that they did not understand.

If you would like to have more detailed info, please download the course syllabus. Please find the reading material from here.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1

Introduction: About the Course and Political Ideologies (Introduction)

Week 2

Liberalism (Chapter 1)

Week 3

Liberalism (Chapter 1)

BBC Documentary, People’s Century: “Skin Deep”

Week 4 

Socialism (Chapter 3)

Week 5 

Socialism (Chapter 3)

BBC Documentary, People’s Century: “Red Flag”

Week 6 

Conservatism (Chapter 2)

Nationalism (Chapter 4)

Week 7 

Midterm I (the exact week and date will be determined in due process to match with the exam week of the university)

Week 8

Anarchism (Chapter 6)

Feminism (Chapter 5)

Week 9

Feminism (Chapter 5)

BBC Documentary, People’s Century: “Half the People”

Week 10 

Fascism (Chapter 7)

Week 11

Fascism (Chapter 7)

BBC Documentary, People’s Century: “Master Race”

Week 12 

Midterm II (will take place in class hours)

Week 13

Religious Fundamentalism (Chapter 8)

Documentary: “Jesus Camp”

Week 14

Ecologism (Chapter 9)

BBC Documentary, People’s Century: “Endangered Planet”

Week 15

Multiculturalism (Chapter 10)

Evaluation of the Term