Political Ideologies
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Poliitilised ideoloogiad
Course title in English
Political Ideologies
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
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.
Independent work
Lectures are recommended but not compulsory.
The course is passed if at least 4 seminar assignments have been submitted on time to Moodle (of which 3 must be done in class) and the exam is passed.
Seminar assignments in class are either individual or group assignments; make-up assignments at home are individual ones.
The date of the exam will be specified and the exam requires at least 36 out of 70 points to pass.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon passing the course, the student must be able to:
Have basic knowledge of major political ideologies and differentiate between them;
Name main theorists and philosophers who can be associated with a specific ideology;
Analyze the role of the state according to specific political ideological viewpoints.
Assessment methods
Seminar assignments: 30% of the grade
Exam: 70% of the grade
(Possible bonus for active participation in seminars: max. 10 points)

For each seminar assignment that is uploaded to Moodle on time, the student can receive a maximum of 5 points. Points for the seminar assignments will be given based on following the instructions, the depth and coherence of the answer and analysis, correct formatting and the correct use of reference. It is possible to receive a maximum of 30 points from seminar assignments.
In order to be allowed to enter the final exam, the student must have submitted at least 4 seminar assignments on time to Moodle of which 3 must be done in class.
The exam is passed with at least 36 points out of 70 points.
In order to pass the course with a positive grade, the student must receive a minimum of 51 points out of 100 points in total.

Freya Kiesewetter
Replacement literature
Heywood, Andrew (2017). Political ideologies: an introduction. London: Palgrave Macmillan.