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POLS2310 – Ideas and Ideologies pdf

Credits: 3 (3/0/0)
Description: Meets MnTC Goal Areas 7 and 9. This course provides a survey of the most significant ideological systems in Western politics, with an emphasis on the most influential ideas of the 20th and 21st centuries. Modern political movements such as communism, fascism, liberalism, conservatism, feminism, environmentalism and others will be explored and evaluated, with emphasis on the philosophical roots of these systems.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
  1. Evaluate the purpose of ideological systems.
  2. Apply the ideas of important political theorists to the ideological systems which they influenced.
  3. Evaluate preconceptions about democracy and its role in American and European politics.
  4. Analyze Marxism and communism as a social, economic and political system.
  5. Compare communism and socialism.
  6. Compare various forms of liberalism with the theorists who influenced it.
  7. Analyze conservatism as it has developed in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
  8. Evaluate identity-based ideologies such as feminism and race-focused systems.
  9. Explain emerging ideological systems such as environmentalism, religious fundamentalism and/or multiculturalism.
  10. Critique ideological approaches to political and social organization.
MnTC goal areas:
  • 7. Human Diversity
  • 9. Ethical and Civic Responsibility

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