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2011/2012  BA-PTHI  History of Ideas

English Title
History of Ideas

Course Information

Language English
Point 5 ECTS (150 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics
Course Coordinator
  • Morten Ougaard - Department for Business and Politics
Main Category of the Course
  • Political Science
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
  • Describe, compare, and discuss central ideas from the history of Western social sciences, political theory, and ideology.
History of Ideas:
Assessment Written Exam
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship No censorship
Exam Period Winter Term, The exam is in November. The make-up/re-exam is in January.
Aids Open Book, Written Aid is permitted
Duration 4 Hours
Individual written 4-hour open-book exam, graded by teacher on the 7-point scale. Students can write a maximum of 7 pages at the exam.

Make-up/re-exam when ill or if the ordinary exam is failed: same regulations as the ordinary exam.
Course Content
The course presents and discusses central thinkers in the history of Western social sciences, political theory, and ideology. It covers normative and analytical or theoretical ideas about individuals, society, economy, government, and the state from antiquity to the contemporary world. Focus is on the origins of contemporary political ideas and on the trajectories of the specialized modern social sciences with a special emphasis on the evolution of, and the disciplinary divisions between, sociology, political economy, economics and political science.
Teaching Methods
Lectures and discussions