POLI 102 - Political Ideologies

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.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15


POLI 100
OR consent of the instructor.


Non-Course Prerequisites:




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.
- Introduction
- Left, Right, or Middles of the Road, Readings: Ideologies: What Are They and Why Study Them?
- The Nation State, Readings: Nationalism
- Regionalism
- Basic Democracy, Readings: The Principles of Democracy
- The Problem with Democracies
- The Social-Economic View of Democracies, Readings: Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
- Canadian Parties I
- The Political View of Democracies, Readings: Conservatism, Liberalism, and Democracy
- Canadian Parties II
- Midterm Exam
- Women's Issues, Readings: Feminism
- Communism, Readings: Marxism
- Canadian Parties III
- No Government!, Readings: Anarchism and Libertariansim
- Historic Fascism, Readings: Fascism and National Socialism
- Fascism Today
- Canadian Parties III
- History of the Islamic World, Readings: Political Islam
- Religion & Politics East & West
- Oil and Security
- The Poor Fight Back, Readings: Liberation Theology
- Nature as a Political Issue, Readings, Environmentalism

- 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: Letters


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.