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POLI 102 - Political Ideologies
Course Code:
POLI 102


Calendar Description:
This course is an examination of the major political ideologies such as Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, Conservatism, Fascism and Anarchism. Third-world ideologies will also be considered.

Total Hours: 45

Total Weeks:

POLI 100 or consent of the instructor.


Course Content:
The course will start with a general overview of the theory and history of political ideologies, but most of the time will be spent looking at specific political ideologies. We will look a the theory behind the ideology, the history of its evolution, and the ideology as used in today's world. There will be a discussion of the pro's and con's of adopting each ideology. The basic assumption of the course is that all the ideologies have positive and negative aspects.

Week 1:
Topic : Introduction

Week 2:
Topic: Left, Right, or Middles of the Road, Readings: Ideologies: What Are They and Why Study Them?
Topic: The Nation State, Readings: Nationalism

Week 3:
Topic: Regionalism
Topic: Basic Democracy, Readings: The Principles of Democracy

Week 4:
Topic: The Problem with Democracies
Topic: The Social-Economic View of Democracies, Readings: Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

Week 5:
Topic: Canadian Parties I
Topic: The Political View of Democracies, Readings: Conservatism, Liberalism, and Democracy

Week 6:
Topic: Canadian Parties II

Week 7: Midterm Exam
Topic: Women's Issues, Readings: Feminism

Week 8:
Topic: Communism, Readings: Marxism
Topic: Canadian Parties III

Week 9:
Topic: No Government!, Readings: Anarchism and Libertariansim
Topic: Historic Faccism, Readings: Fascism and National Socialism

Week 10:
Topic: Fascism Today
Topic: Canadian Parties III

Week 11:
Topic: History of the Islamic World, Readings: Political Islam
Topic: Religion & Politics East & West

Week 12:
Topic: Oil and Security
Topic: The Poor Fight Back, Readings: Liberation Theology

Week 13:
Topic: Nature as a Political Issue, Readings, Environmentalism
Topic: Canadian Parties V & Review

Learning Outcomes:
The student will be able to:
- View and present political issues and ideas from different ideological perspectives orally and in writing.
- Develop a personal political ideology and present political issues and ideas from that perspective orally and in writing.

Grading System:

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 30 %
Assignments: 20 %
Other: 20 %

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