Ideals, principles and myths: making sense of political ideology

Course Dates: 29/01/24 - 18/03/24
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: Keeley Street
Want to make sense of ideology in what is a confusing – or at times even bewildering-- arena of political discourse? If so, this course with Dr Christian Schneeis the right course for you.
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Ideals, principles and myths: making sense of political ideology
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  • Course Code: HPC140
  • Dates: 29/01/24 - 18/03/24
  • Time: 14:45 - 16:45
  • Taught: Mon, Daytime
  • Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Christian Schnee

Course Code: HPC140

Started Mon, day, 29 Jan - 18 Mar '24

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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What is the course about?

If you are seeking to make sense of ideology in what is a confusing – or at times even bewildering-- arena of political discourse, this is the right course for you. If you have been wondering what makes a “liberal” liberal or a “con-servative” conservative, what “anarchists” or “socialists” think, you get a chance to discuss these questions with other students and your tutor and collaboratively arrive at answers.

Content will be drawn from current political discourse.

You will be learning about ideologies` capacity to guide us and encourage us to see society in a particular way, and ensure that we only see the world in this particular manner.

In class discussion we do not only reflect on the political dimension of ideologies, but we also consider on what they do to citizens and on how they exercise power over us.

After briefly discussing the term “ideology,” the course critically assesses political thought generated since the 19th century in the west and introduces political ideologies that continue to shape political experience world-wide: anarchism, conservatism, environmentalism, fascism, feminism, liberalism, nationalism, populism, and socialism.

What will we cover?

- Liberalism
- Conservatism
- Socialism
- Anarchism
- Fascism
- Nationalism
- Populism
- Environmentalism,
- Feminism and others.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- explain their respective ideological worldviews
- understand why alternative ideologies are attractive to their adherents
- develop the capacity for critical thinking about our own and others’ ideologies
- discuss constructively the world`s most significant contributions to political ideology.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to all. No particular skills are required. However, following the news and being open to discussion and listening to perspectives you don’t necessary agree with will help your learning and enjoyment of the course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A mixture of lectures/ short presentations by the tutor, Q&A, quizzes, pair/group work, and class discussions. A comprehensive bibliography will be given at the beginning of the course. Also, (brief) reading materials will be handed out at the end of each session. Participants will be expected to read short texts, and/or watch docu-mentaries/short videos, and/or listen to short podcasts about the emergence and ascendancy of ideologies before and after lessons. Please note, that as the course progresses, participants are encouraged to take a more active part in the course – this will be achieved through a mixture of smaller group work but also class discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A list of further readings will be provided to participants. The list will include suggestions of books to purchase, as well as of free resources such as newspapers, podcasts, online articles, and videos. While you are not re-quired to buy any of these, you may wish to purchase some books, subscribe to specialised magazines, or attend talks or webinars on the issues addressed in class in order to deepen and broaden the subject knowledge gained in this course. However, this is not a requirement.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HPC131 The future of democracy

Please also explore our politics and current affairs section for additional courses in summer and autumn.

Christian Schnee

Christian Schnee studied history, politics as well as public relations at Universities in England, Scotland and the USA. He holds a teaching degree and completed a doctorate in political communication at the University of Hull. After graduating Christian embarked on a career in German politics - serving as spokesperson to the governing party, special advisor to state government and departmental head for a leading European think tank. Subsequently, he returned to the UK as senior lecturer with the University of Worcester. After a stint of seven years in the West Midlands Christian relocated to London - giving in to the temptation of observing Westminster politics at close range. As senior lecturer at Greenwich University he has developed and led classes in public affairs and public relations. Meanwhile he broadened his teaching portfolio and now teaches British and European politics to American University students studying in London. Over the years Christian has written a number of articles and chapters and produced more than half a dozen books with leading academiacademic publishers. The topics of his pupublications pivot on European politics and political history.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.