Political Theory I

Academic year
Subject Area
Área Científica do Menor
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

English knowledge.

Teaching Methods

Political Theory I teaching methods will consist of expositive classes by the teacher, in which most relevant theories and concepts are presented, along with practical classes involving presentations and critical discussion by students of materials included in the discipline syllabus. Students will also present sessions based upon texts taken from the main bibliography, in dialogue with contemporary political problems.

Learning Outcomes

Political Theory I discuss the main currents of political thought and analytical models dedicated to politics, their controversies and inscription in different political systems, political parties, ideologies and social movements. This discipline intends to assess the degree of coherence of today’s political action and discourse, from local to international levels, referring to the kinds of interest and different ideologies they entail as well as their consequences in everyday life.

Students must be able to identify different ideological traditions in modern politics, clarifying their historical genesis and developments. They must produce critical judgements about the way social life and institutions are conditioned by different theoretical traditions of politics. It is also required to use knowledge on political traditions and ideologies in research projects conducted by academic or scientific institutions.

Work Placement(s)



Political Theory I intends to provide an in-depth approach to the most preeminent traditions and political paradigms of modernity, focusing on the ways they reflect on different political regimes (democratic or authoritarian), state traditions, political parties (left or right parties) and citizen movements. Starting from an historical and theoretical framing of the various topics considered (the contratualist and republican heritage, marxism, socialism and social-democrat conceptions, nationalist and fascist beliefs and practices, liberalism, conservatism and neo-conservatism ideologies, post-materialism and green political theory, neo-liberalism and governance models), Teoria Política I searches to clarify both the normative dimension of these paradigms and the debates that arose from them. The effects they have on different forms of government will also be covered.

Head Lecturer(s)

Daniel Gameiro Francisco

Assessment Methods

Exam: 100.0%


Axford, Barrie; Browning, Gary K.; Huggins, Richard; Rosamond, Ben, 2002, Politics, an introduction, London: Routledge.

Espada, João Carlos (2002), Ensaios sobre a Liberdade, Cascais: Principia

Felice, Renzo, 2000, Les Interprétations du Fascisme, Paris: Syros .

Gellner, Ernest, 1989, Nações e Nacionalismo, Lisboa: Gradiva.

Giddens, Anthony, 1999, Para uma Terceira Via, Lisboa: Presença.

Held, David, 2006, Models of Democracy, Stanford University Press.

Hobbes, Thomas, 2002, Leviatã: ou matéria, forma e poder de um Estado eclesiástico e civil. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda, 2002.

Hoffman, John; Graham, Paul, 2006, Introduction to Political Ideologies, Harlow: Pearson.

Lipset, Martin Seymour, 1992, Consenso e Conflito, Lisboa: Gradiva.

Rousseau, Jean Jacques, 1989, O contrato social. Mem Martins: Europa-América.

Santos, Boaventura, 2006, A Gramática do Tempo – para uma nova cultura política, Porto: Afrontamento.