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2012/2013  BA-PTHI  History of Ideas

English Title
History of Ideas

Course information

Language English
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, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Joachim Lund - Department for Business and Politics
Main Category of the Course
  • Political Science
Last updated on 28-08-2012
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:
Type of test Written Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period Winter Term
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
Last updated on 28-08-2012