Credit Units: 2
Lecturer: Adebola Joshua Ogunyando, Email Id: email@example.com TEL: +220 7790215, College of Arts, Law, Administration & Management Sciences, Department of International Relations.
The major objective of this course is to introduce the students to some of the key concepts and ideas of politics which shape our political discourse. These concepts are essentially contested concepts and yet inevitable for understanding and explaining the politics of any country or society. A clear understanding of these debates or contestations over some of the key concepts and ideas of politics, it is hoped, will help the students develop their own independent views and judgments about politics and democracy in their own societies as well as in the world at large.
This course aims at analysing fundamental topics of political theory from Ancient Greece to nowadays: “politics”, “power”, “political institutions”, “the state”, “political ideologies”, hybrid regimes”, “world politics”, etc. Via the analysis of different key topics, many schools and theories will be studied and compared (Realism, liberalism, Neo-Marxism, Constructivism, Feminist Perspectives etc.). Each specific topic will be discussed through a classical text and a few contemporary case studies. The job of the political theorist is to bring some precision to these vague and contested concepts so that one can provide convincing arguments for the particular social arrangements they believe we should be aspiring towards.
The course is a general introduction to politics through the analysis of political ideas and their relationship to political practice. The course will provide students with a range of analytical and theoretical tools in order to critically assess and interpret most political systems and processes. During each seminar students will present and discuss a text individually or in group. Students are expected to actively participate in class debates and share their personal research and analysis with their peers.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- comprehend the basic concepts of political theory.
- acquire the information about the history and development of these concepts.
- analyse the different viewpoints regarding the basics concepts.
- compare different viewpoints.
- synthesize different viewpoints.
- understand and critically interpret political systems and processes
- analyse texts and articles from journals of political science
- present and discuss specific political topics both in group and individually
- evaluate and compare different schools and authors of political theory
- understand research methodology in political theory
|Learning & Teaching Modes
This course is comprised primarily of lectures and tutorials. The lectures will introduce the key concepts, theories and themes, using a combination of multi-media sources.The tutorials will consist of small-group activities and semi-structured debates on the weekly topics. During each seminar students will present and discuss a text individually or in group. Students are expected to actively participate in class debates,term papers, assignment and examination.
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