Introduction to Political Ideologies (POL2258.01)

John Hultgren

Whether you know it or not, if you have any opinions on politics, you are influenced by political ideologies. Political ideologies provide powerful frameworks that structure how we understand the world – influencing how we see policy debates, struggles in the workplace, and our own personal identities. This course will explore five of the most prominent political ideologies – liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, and fascism – and critically consider the promises and perils of each. Through lectures, in-class discussions, small group activities, and writing assignments, we will discuss the major facets of each of these ideologies, their internal debates, historical evolutions, and contemporary applications.

Learning Outcomes:
-critically analyze contemporary politics through the lens of historically consequential ideological frameworks (and vice versa)
-practice close reading of dense theoretical texts
-compare conceptual frameworks and elucidate their insights both verbally and in writing
-hone analytical writing skills

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
W 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Fully In-Person , Politics , Two Credit