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210064 SE BAK9: Political Theories and Research on Theories (2020S)

Disagreement, Dissent and Antagonism: On the Benefits of Conflict in Modern Political Theory

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 40 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 19.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 26.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 02.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 23.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 30.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 07.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 14.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 28.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 04.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 18.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 25.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Conflict has a bad reputation. The majority of political theories focuses on consensus and order and in the public debate political disagreement is often framed as a symptom of inefficiency and the lack of a clear political vision. However, in the history of political ideas there are also alternative, more positive approaches to conflict. The discord between the popoli and the grandi is for Machiavelli the precondition for republican freedom, for example, and the modern concept of civil disobedience is often characterized as a constructive and not destructive form of protest. This seminar will engage with those authors that recognize a specific productivity in disagreement, dissent and antagonism and discuss texts by Niccolò Machiavelli, Niccolò Machiavelli, Karl Marx, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, Chantal Mouffe among others.

This is a seminar in political theory and the history of ideas. It is designed for students, who are willing and motivated to engage with complex historical and theoretical texts (ca. 150 pages per week).

By the end of this seminar, students should be able to
1) discuss and explain various theoretical concepts;
2) articulate and deploy complex political theories and relate them to contemporary academic and public debates;
3) critically assess the adequacy of core political concepts in light of contemporary and historical events;
4) defend and justify written and spoken arguments with strong textual evidence.

Assessment and permitted materials

a) Erstellen der individuellen Lektüreliste (10%)
b) 2 Lektürereflexionen (20%)
c) Exposé für Seminararbeit (20%)
e) Seminararbeit (50%)

Für die Überprüfung der schriftlichen Teilleistungen kann die Plagiatssoftware 'Turnitin' eingesetzt werden.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Mindestanforderung ist die termingerechte Abgabe und positive Bewertung aller Teilleistungen.

Examination topics


Reading list

Zur Vorbereitung:
Honig, Bonnie. (1993). Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Rosenblum, Nancy. (2008). On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
White, Jonathan & Ypi, Lea. (2016). The Meaning of Partisanship. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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