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Political Theory

Code 14689
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Communication Sciences
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery -- Face-to-face.
Work placements -- None.
Learning outcomes By the end of this course the students should:

- Know the definitions and main conceptual differences between Political Theory and Political Philosophy;
- Understand the various dimensions of communication in the political phenomenon;
- Be able to argue, debate and reflect critically on the problem of political information, its importance in Democracy, as well as the limits of its placement and the Ethics that must articulate the public space of communication in the political sphere.

Syllabus 1. Introduction - basic instrumental definitions: Political Theory and Political Philosophy (main issues, methods, and diferent points of view); readings of essential texts; clarification of basic conceptual foundations;
2. The main problems of politics: Freedom and Political Power, Authority, Legitimacy and Legality; Public and the Private; the problem of Information and security; the duty to inform and the right to know;
3. Liberal political systems and their conditions of possibility; the problem of Totalitarianism;
4. Information and communication in Politics; Freedom, and Ethics in Politics: narrative and the construction of facts; the problem of liying and truth in Politics;
5. Political Theory and the Problem of Communication and Globalization: Political Theory and Power of Means; Political Theory and the Means of Power;
Main Bibliography Arendt, H. (1995). Verdade e Política. Coimbra, Portugal: Relógio D’Água Editores.
Catriona, C. (2012). Issues in Political Theory. Oxford, UK: OUP.
McNair, B. (2011). An Introduction to Political Communication. NY, USA: Routledge.
Moreira, A. (2009). Ciência Política (4th ed.). Coimbra, Portugal: Almedina.
Robertson, A. (2015). Media and Politics in a Globalizing World. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
Street, J. (2010). Mass Media, Politics and Democracy. NY, USA: Palgrave.
Wolff, J. (2006). An Introduction to Political Philosophy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria 1. Exercício escrito presencial – 55% da nota final; sobre todas as sessões.
2. Comentário crítico – 35% da nota final.
3. Assiduidade e participação activa na aula – 10% da nota final ponderada.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-01-27

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