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History of Political Ideas

Code 14239
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements None
Learning outcomes 1. Achieve a comprehensive view of the history of key political ideas in the formation of the main contemporary political-cultural matrices.
2. Encourage direct contact with fundamental works and documents in the history of political thought.
3. Develop the ability to analyze and critically reflect on political issues and their cultural impact.
4. Encourage the debate of ideas among students.
Syllabus 1. Plato (428-348 BC) and Aristotle (384-322 BC): the polis, politics and democracy in ancient Greece.
2. Machiavelli (1469-527): politics as science, republicanism and virtue.
3. Hobbes (1588-679) and Locke (1632-704): contractualism, sovereignty, representation.
4. Rousseau (1712-1778): social contract, popular sovereignty and general will.
5. The Revolutions and the birth of human rights: Dec. of Independence (1776) and Dec. of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (1789).
6. Tocqueville (1805-59) and Stuart Mill (1806-73): democracy and liberty.
7. Marx (1818-83) and Engels (1820-95): class struggle and revolutionary socialism
8. Lippmann (1889-974): public opinion and the manufacturing of consent.
9: Norberto Bobbio (1909-2004): The Right and the Left.
10: Schmitt (1888-985) and Agamben (1942-): the friend-enemy distinction and the exception.
Main Bibliography - McClelland, J.S. (1996) A History of Western Political Thought. London: Routledge.
- Rosas, J, C. (2020). História da Filosofia Política. Lisboa: Editorial Presença.
- Skinner, Q, (1978). Foundations of Modern Political Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Touchard, J. (1997). História das Ideias Políticas. Lisboa: Europa-América, 1997
- Voegelin, E. (1997/99). History of Political Ideas. Columbia: University of Missouri Press.
- Wolff, Jonathan (2004) Introdução à filosofia política. Lisboa: Gradiva
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria - Theoretical-practical lessons, combining moments of lecturing by the teacher with autonomous work and guided discussion by the students
- Tutorial orientation lessons intended to facilitate a closer monitoring of students and deepen the topics as deemed necessary by the latter.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-01-31

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