2nd degree (Master)
Coordinator Office Hours:
Monday 16:15 - 17:15
Dr. Efraim Podoksik
The course is organised as part of preparations towards opening the political thought programme in the department. The course will examine the grand ideologies which have been playing the central role in the politics of the modern world. Specifically, we will discuss liberalism, conservatism, socialism and nationalism in their various forms.
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
1) To recognise the character of main political ideologies
2) To discern the differences between various kinds of ideological argument and discourse
3) To analyse primary and secondary texts in political thought and the study of ideologies
4) To undertake independent research work in the area of political thought and the study of ideologies
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
Lectures and class discussions
2) The Study of Ideologies in the Past and Today
3) Liberalism and the Centre
The Emergence of Liberalism
Liberalism in France of the First Half of the Nineteenth Century as the Prototype of Liberal Ideology?
The Origins of Liberalism in Britain: Whigs, Economists, Radicals
Spreading of Liberalism in Europe
Liberalism, Democracy, and Imperialism
Liberalism towards the 20th Century and the Social Turn
Europe between Two Wars and the Crisis of Liberalism
Cold War Liberalism
Liberalism in the Post-Communist World
Liberalism as the Dominant Ideology?
4) Conservatism and the Right
The Origins of Conservatism in France, Germany and Britain as Reaction to the French Revolution
Conservatism and Romanticism
German Conservatism as the Prototype of Conservative Ideology?
Social Conservatism vs. Liberal Individualism
Conservatism in Russia as a Civilisational Alternative
Conservative Revolution and the Radical Right
Catholic Conservatism: Fascism, Corporatism, or Christian Democracy
Conservatism within the Welfare State Consensus
Contemporary Populist Conservatism
Does Conservatism Still Exist?
5) Socialism and the Left
The Emergence of Socialism
Utopian Socialism? Socialist Thought in France in the First Half of the 19th Century
Chartism and Radical Democracy
Social Democracy in Germany and Austria after Marx
Britain, Fabians and Trade Unionism
Anarchism on the Left and Radical Syndicalism
Marxism in Russia and Bolshevism
The Evolution of Western Marxism
Social Democracy in the "Twentieth Century"
Socialism and Feminism
What Is Left of Socialism?
Nationalism as Ideology
The Classification of National Movements in the 19th Century
Conservative Nationalism, Chauvinism and Imperialism
Nationalism, Pan-Nationalism and Racism
Socialist Nationalism and Marxist Approaches
Nationalism, Separatism and Irredentism in the 20th Century
What Is Nationalism Today?
Reading requirements will be decided on during the course
Additional Reading Material:
See the detailed syllabus on moodle
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 100 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %
1) Cellular phones should be switched off.
2) During the course the teacher may for academic reasons introduce changes into the course programme, including the assignments.