Political Ideologies
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Poliitilised ideoloogiad
Course title in English
Political Ideologies
ECTS credits
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Course aims
The aim of the course is to give an overview of major political ideologies that dominate politics and policy-making nowadays (i.a. liberalism, socialism, conservatism, green ideology, feminism etc.). Both the roots and development of the particular ideology, as well as its core tenets and dominating theorists will be introduced to the student. In addition, an overview of different ideological views on the specific role of the state will be given.
Brief description of the course
The course starts with the very basics of the study of political ideologies and goes over the “classical” political ideologies: liberalism, socialism, conservatism, nationalism and fascism, as well as anarchism. The course ends with looking into a number of “new” ideologies: feminism, green ideology and religious fundamentalism.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has basic knowledge of major political ideologies and differentiate between them;
- can name main theorists and philosophers who can be associated with a specific ideology;
- can analyze the role of the state according to specific political ideological viewpoints.

Freya Kiesewetter
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