Political Theory 2, 7.5 credits

Politisk teori 2, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Elin Wihlborg

Course coordinator

Elin Wihlborg

Director of studies or equivalent

Mariana S Gustafsson


ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2019 201909-201913 Swedish Linköping, Valla
F7KPO Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics (Political science) 4 (Spring 2019) 201909-201913 Swedish Linköping, Valla E
F7KPO Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics (Political science) 6 (Spring 2019) 201909-201913 Swedish Linköping, Valla E

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics

Entry requirements

Completed basic course in Political Science, with at least 22.5 HE credits approved (or the equivalent). 

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • demonstrate a critical and analytical approach to political questions and phenomena,
  • account for contemporary political theory, particularly democracy theory, and demonstrate an ability to contrast and critically evaluate different theories.

Course content

The course builds on the previously acquired knowledge of political theory through focusing on contemporary political theory, studies of political ideologies and democracy theory. This theme is also used to further reflect on the conditions of political science-related knowledge and knowledge production.

Teaching and working methods

The course includes lectures where the course contents are introduced and developed. The lectures complement the reading list. The seminars constitute a central part of the students' learning processes and provide an opportunity to reflect and, in groups, critically discuss, in order to further the students' approach and skills. The student is expected to be well prepared for the lectures and to have completed the seminar preparations according to the instructions in the course description. The student is expected to assimilate the reading list independently and/or in self-organised reading groups.

Parts that involve examination are compulsory.


The course is examined through an written individual examination and active participation in seminars. Detailed information can be found in the study guide.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
UPPG Seminars 1 credits U, G, VG
TEN1 Written Examination 6.5 credits U, G, VG

Regulary literature


McKinnon, Catriona, (2015) Issues in political theory Third edition. Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2015]

ISBN: 9780199680436, 0199680434

Wolff, Robert Paul, (2014) About philosophy 11 ed. Harlow : Pearson, 2014

ISBN: 9781292022765

Additional literature


Badersten, Björn, (2006) Normativ metod : att studera det önskvärda Lund : Studentlitteratur, 2006

ISBN: 9144043139

Beckman, Ludvig, (2009) Texter i samtida politisk teori : demokrati, frihet, sexualitet, makt, rättvisa, global rättvisa, mångkulturalism, postkolonialism 2., [utök.] uppl. Malmö : Liber, 2009

ISBN: 9789147088607

Berlin, Isaiah, (1969) Four essays on liberty Oxford : Oxford U.P., 1969

ISBN: 0192158619, 0192810340

Isaiah Berlin Two Concepts of Liberty

Brown, Wendy, (2005) Edgework. critical essays on knowledge and politics Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2005.

ISBN: 0691123608, 0691123616, 9780691123608, 9780691123615

At The Edge: The Future of political theory

Jonsson, Stefan, (2015) Samtida politisk teori Stockholm : Tankekraft, 2015

ISBN: 9789188203052

s 9-40 Inledning


Pogge, T., Real world justice Journal of Ethics (Journal of Ethics, March 2005, 9(1-2):29-53)
STEPHEN M. GARDINER, A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption Environmental Values 2006 15: 397–413
Wall, J., Can democracy represent children? Toward a politics of difference Childhood (Childhood, February 2012, 19(1):86-100)


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