Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: Political Theory I

Course unit code: 362525

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Juan Anton Mellon

Department: Department of Political Science, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component




Supervised project


Independent learning




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Identify the most prominent exponents of contemporary political theory and its various schools of thought.


— Describe and discuss the key concerns of contemporary political theory: safety, freedom, property, tolerance, equality, happiness, representation, fraternity, state, sovereignty, nation, enlightenment, revolution and counter-revolution.


— Analyse written studies on the nature, structure and history of the modern state.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Compare and contrast authors and theories in order to understand our political reality and the complex, plural nature of its discourse.


— Use works of reference and comment on them in writing and in oral presentations.


— Analyse political theory from a gender perspective.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

— Demonstrate respect for the ideas of others and for democratic practices.


— Contribute to creating equality between men and women.



Teaching blocks


1. Introduction to political theory

1.1. Political thought, the history of ideas and political theory

1.2. The subject of political theory and methodologies

2. Principles of the modern state

2.1. Niccolò Machiavelli

2.2. Jean Bodin

2.3. Thomas Hobbes

3. Principles of liberalism

3.1. John Locke

3.2. Montesquieu

3.3. The Federalist Papers

4. Most important exponents of the French Revolution

4.1. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

4.2. The Abbé Sieyès

5. Reflections on liberalism and democracy

5.1. Traditionalism and counter-revolution

5.2. Edmund Burke

5.3. Johann Gottlieb Fichte

5.4. Benjamin Constant

5.5. Alexis de Tocqueville

5.6. John Stuart Mill

6. The pursuit of equality

6.1. Incipient feminism: Olympe de Gouges and Mary Wollstonecraft

6.2. Utopian socialism

6.3. Anarchism

7. New theorists

7.1. Marx, Engels and scientific socialism

7.2. Max Weber and bureaucratic society