Checking date: 09/06/2021

Course: 2021/2022

History and Theory of Political Ideas
Study: Bachelor in History and Politics (352)

Coordinating teacher: WENCES SIMON, MARIA ISABEL

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Humanities: Geography, Contemporary History and Art, Department of Social Sciences

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
PART 1: HISTORY 1. Origins of Greek political thought, from the Sophists to Socrates. Politics and Philosophy in Platonic thinking. The problem of the political community. Aristotle. The political thinking of the Stoics. 2. Sovereignty, State and Law in medieval thought. 3. The crisis of scholasticism and the secularization of political thought: Machiavelli 4. The problem of the social bond on the modern horizon: Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Spinoza, Kant. 5. Law and civil society: Hegel and political subjectivity. 6. Marxist political thought: materialism and emancipation. PART 2: THEORY 7. Justice: Utilitarism.- Rawls: Justice as fairness.- Rawl¿s theory influence on subsequent political theory.-Rawl¿s theory controversies: feminists, communitarians and socialists. 8. Freedom: Negative freedom.- Positive freedom.- Freedom as non-domination. 9. Equality: Distributive equality.- Social equality. 10. Political Community: Rival perspectives: liberalism, communitarianism. multiculturalism and difference theory. 11. Green Political Theory: the Anthropocene: Conceptual perspectives.- Ecological justice.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.