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COURSE SYLLABUS

Political Science A, Political Theory 7.5 credits

Statsvetenskap A, Politisk teori
First cycle, S0005N
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject
Political Science
Subject group (SCB)
Political Science
Main field of study
Political Science

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.



Course Aim
After completing the course, the student must show the ability to: 
- describe the central features of the western political history of ideas 
- explain and analyze key concepts in political theory such as justice, equality, gender equality, resource allocation, power, individual and state relations 
- compare normative positions on different political issues 
- derive and analyze modern political ideologies with the support of political history of ideas and philosophy 
- explain and analyze contemporary social phenomena based on political ideologies
- participate actively and constructively in seminar discussions 
- write and orally present written work based on given instructions and within given time frames 
- independently search for relevant knowledge in both printed and Internet-based sources and independently relate to, critically review and evaluate this knowledge. 


Contents
The course deals with the origin and development of political philosophy and political ideologies, central concepts in the history of political ideas and philosophy and certain theoretical concepts in science. 

The course covers the following areas:
- History of political ideas, from Plato to the present day 
- Basic political concepts and phenomena, such as democracy, power and justice 
- Political ideologies 

Throughout the course, a number of generic skills are also dealt with, which are put into practical application during the course. Particular emphasis is placed on the ability to independently seek, evaluate and critically examine knowledge, as well as on the ability to present and communicate this both in writing and orally. 

Realization
Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching consists of lectures and compulsory assignments in the form of seminars/written assignments. The lectures provide an overview of the history of political ideas, political concepts and various political-theoretical issues. The seminars/written assignments constitute both learning opportunities and examination opportunities. The assignments aim to train and examine the students' ability to: explain and analyze contemporary social phenomena based on political ideologies; participate actively and constructively in seminar discussions; write and orally present written work based on given instructions and within given time frames; independently search for relevant knowledge in both printed and Internet-based sources and independently relate to, critically review and evaluate this knowledge.

Examination
If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is examined through compulsory assignments corresponding to 3 credits during the course and through a written exam corresponding to 4.5 credits at the end of the course. The compulsory assignments examine the goals that the student, after completing the course, should be able to: 
- explain and analyze contemporary social phenomena based on political ideologies 
- participate actively and constructively in seminar discussions, 
- write and orally present written work based on given instructions and within given time frames 
- independently search for relevant knowledge in both printed and Internet-based sources and independently relate to, critically review and evaluate this knowledge. 

The written exam examines the goals that the student after completing the course should have the ability to: 
- describe the central features of the Western political history of ideas, 
- explain and analyze key concepts in political philosophy such as justice, equality, gender equality, resource allocation, power, individual and state relations. 
- compare different normative positions on different political issues 
- derive and analyze modern political ideologies with the support of political history of ideas and philosophy. 

For compulsory assignment, the grade Fail (U) or Pass (G) is given. For the written exam, the grades Fail (U), Pass (G) and Pass with Distinction (VG) are given. 


Remarks
Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETS educational administration, eduets@ltu.se not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Examiner
Charlotta Söderberg

Transition terms
The course S0005N is equal to IES340

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Beckman, L & Mörkenstam, U. (eds.) (Latest edition) Political theory. Malmö: Liber.
Larsson, R. (Latest edition): Political ideologies in our time. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Roberts, P & Sutch, P (Latest edition) Politiskt tänkande: en introduktion. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Journal articles can be added.

Reference literature
Hallberg, P., Jonsson, M. & Mörkenstam, U. (Latest edition): Tretton texter i politisk teori, Malmö: Liber.
Ekengren, A-M. & Hinnfors, J. (Latest edition). Uppsatshandbok. Hur du lyckas med din uppsats. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examU G VG *4.50MandatoryA07
0002Compulsory assignmentU G#3.00MandatoryA07

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 17 Feb 2021