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Contemporary Political Thought

Code 15739
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements N.A.
Learning outcomes The general and main objective of this curricular unit is to present and discuss the theoretical paradigms and problematics of political thought, especially from the 20th century onwards. Specific Aims:
1. Acquire knowledge of the conceptual matrices of contemporary political thought;
2. Apprehend the solutions presented by different approaches of contemporary political thought to the problems inherent to the social and political reality.
3. Produce specialized and autonomous reflection around themes and problems of contemporary political thought
4. Acquire high level competences related to the knowledge of documental sources and bibliographical research in the area of contemporary political thought.
At the end of the course unit the learner is expected to be able to 1) problematize questions; 2) develop, in an original and grounded way, hypotheses of interpretation and theoretical criticism; 3) apply the acquired contents to the study of the contemporary political situation.
Syllabus 1. Introduction: Paradigms of Contemporary Political Thought;
2. Liberalism: egalitarian versus libertarian;
3. Communitarianism: moderate versus radical;
4. Democracy: deliberative versus radical;
5. Post-Marxism and post-modernism.
6. Marxism and anti-globalization.
Main Bibliography André, J.G.; Santos, J. M.; e Dias, B. P. (2015). Teorias Políticas Contemporâneas. Lisboa: Documenta.
Cabrita, M. J. (2014). Utopia Realista. Lisboa: Fonte da Palavra.
Habermas, J. (1997). Direito e Democracia. Entre Facticidade e Validade, Vol. II. RJ: Tempo Brasileiro.
Hardt, M.; Negri, A. (2001). Império, 2ª Ed., RJ: Editora Record.
Kukathas, C.; Pettit, P. (1995). Rawls «Uma Teoria da Justiça» e os seus Críticos. Lisboa: Gradiva.
Mouffe, C. (1996). O Regresso do Político. Lisboa: Gradiva.
Negri, A. (2009). “Para uma Definição Ontológica da Multidão”. Lugar Comum (19/20: 15-26).
Nozick, R. (2009). Anarquia, Estado e Utopia. Lisboa: Edições 70.
Rawls, J. (1993). Uma Teoria da Justiça. Lisboa: Editorial Presença.
Rosas, J. C. (2008). Manual de Filosofia Política, Lisboa: Almedina.
Taylor, C. (1994). “Politics of Recognition”. In A. Gutmman, Multiculturalism (25-73). UK: PUP. Walzer, M. (1999). As Esferas da Justiça. Lisboa: Ed. Presença.
Outros documentos disponibilizados.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria - Theoretical and practical classes, using the texts provided by the professor on the Moodle platform of the UC.
- The fundamental texts of the program will be read and discussed during the sessions, after the theoretical presentation of the teacher in relation to theory and theme.
- Students must read the texts in advance and prepare reading sheets.
- In each session, one student will be responsible for writing a report to be presented in the next session.
- Written work with oral presentation (75%) + Active participation through the presentation of reading sheets and reports (25%). Except students with student-worker status - Written work with oral presentation (75%) + 2 reading sheets (25%)
- Students are exempt from exams with 10 values and are admitted to the exam with the minimum mark of 6 values.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-10-02

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