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


Johan Nordensvärd

Course coordinator

Johan Nordensvärd

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 2021 202104-202108 Swedish Linköping
F7KPO Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics (Political science) 4 (Spring 2021) 202104-202108 Swedish Linköping C

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

  • Political Science, basic course, with 22.5 ECTS credits passed, or 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.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

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


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

Evangelia Sembou, (2013) Political Theory : The State of the Discipline Cambridge Scholars Publisher

ISBN: 9781443848497, 9781443852180


Hammond, Scott John, (2008) Political Theory : An Encyclopedia of Contemporary and Classic Terms ABC-CLIO, LLC

ISBN: 9780313339202, 9783133392020


Larsson, Reidar, (2014) Politiska ideologier i vår tid. 8., [utök. och rev.] uppl. Lund : Studentlitteratur, 2014

ISBN: 9789144096377


Artiklar tillkommer inför seminarierna som belyser respektive tematik.

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