Political Thought

Course Code :1200PSWPSK
Study domain:Political Sciences
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Yves Dejaeghere

3. Course contents *

This course intends to teach students how to read and understand a political theory in depth. It furthermore intends to show how concepts and ideas from such theories can be applied to political or social phenomena. For that purpose, a number of important texts from political theory are read in full and thoroughly discussed during classes. Although the selection of texts is not exhaustive, they do reflect a sample of major ideas and thoughts still used in political science. One or two texts will each time be discussed related to major topics in political science (citizenship, participation, power, diversity, ….). After the course, students should be able to read a theoretical text from political science following the different steps taken by the author in developing the specific thought or theory. Subsequently they should be able to apply them to actual political and social phenomena. Authors read are among others: David Easton, TH. Marshall, Mancur Olson, Michel Foucault, Walter Lippmann, Ulrich Beck, Pierre Rosanvallon,…