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If we seek to change the world around us we must have a clear and strategic understanding of power and how the political environment operates. This means 'politics' in the broader sense: the organizations and institutions of power, the hidden structures of authority and the informal networks that contribute to the inner workings of society.

This course examines models of power and authority, theories of change, and the idea of developing a strategic approach to change. The course includes aspects of strategy, planning, resource allocation, building alliances, tactics and implementation.

Topics

  • Approaches, theories and methods in political science
  • Key thinkers in classical political economy
  • Comparative theories of the state
  • Key concepts such as democracy, the rule of law and human rights
  • Political institutions
  • Building strategies and alliances
  • Political parties
  • New social movements
  • The rise of populism and ‘anti-politics’
  • The future of democratic politics


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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Quick Start

    • Welcome and Introduction

    • Course Syllabus

    • Tasks and Assignments

  • 2

    Introduction: Fear of the Mob

    • Seminar: Fear of the Mob

    • Key Learning Exercise (PH4501-01)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W5-01)

  • 3

    Authoritarian States

    • Authoritarian States

    • Key Learning Exercise (PH4501-02)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W5-02)

  • 4

    Liberal Democracy in the Cold War

    • Liberal Democracy in the Cold War

    • Key Learning Exercise (PH4501-03)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W5-03)

  • 5

    Hubris: The 'End of History'

    • Hubris: The 'End of History'

    • Key Learning Exercise (PH4501-04)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W5-04)

  • 6

    Signs of Crisis

    • Signs of Crisis

    • Key Learning Exercise (PH4501-05)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W5-05)

  • 7

    Corruption, Big Data and Anti-Politics

    • Corruption, Big Data and Anti-Politics

    • Key Learning Exercise (PH4501-06)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W5-06)

  • 8

    The Collapse of 'Politics as Normal'

    • The Collapse of 'Politics as Normal'

    • Key Learning Exercise (PH4501-07)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W5-07)

  • 9

    Narratives in Politics

    • Narratives in Politics

    • Key Learning Exercise (PH4501-08)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W5-08)

  • 10

    Constitutional Politics and the Rule of Law

    • Constitutional Politics and the Rule of Law

    • Key Learning Exercise (PH4501-09)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W5-09)

  • 11

    Conscientization and Change

    • Conscientization and Change

    • Key Learning Exercise (PH4501-10)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W5-10)

  • 12

    Conclusion: The Future of Democratic Politics

    • The Future of Democratic Politics

  • 13

    Course Completion

    • Assignment 1: Learning Journal

    • Assignment 2: Social Analysis Workbook

    • Assignment 3: Essay