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Political Ideologies

Savitribai Phule Pune University and CEC via Swayam


The Course studies the role of different political ideologies and their impact in politics. Each Ideology is critically studied in its historical context. Incourse of its evolution and development, the different streams and subtle nuances within each ideology, the changes and continuities in its doctrine and its relevance to contemporary times are highlighted.
Objectives of the course: - Study close link between an idea and its actual realization in public policy needs to be explained as well - Philosophical basis of the ideologies is emphasized with special emphasis on key thinkers and
their theoretical formulations - Legacy of all the major ideologies is to be critically assessed


COURSE LAYOUT Weekly Plan Week 1: Origin, Meaning, Definition of Political Ideologies, Nature and Scope of Political Ideologies,
End of Ideology, Meaning, Definitions of Nationalism Week 2: Key Elements of Nationalism, Progressive and Reactionary Nationalism, Internationalism,
Meaning, Nature and Features of Democratic Socialism Week 3: Achievements and Limitations of Democratic Socialism, Types of Democratic Socialism: Febianism,
Types of Democratic Socialism: Syndicalism, Types of Democratic Socialism: Guild Socialism Week 4: Meaning, Definition and Origin of Fascism, Factors responsible for the rise of Fascism,
Principles of Fascism, Corporate State Week 5: Emergence of Nazism and Rise of Hitler, Features of Nazism, Karl Marx: Introduction,
Historical Materialism Week 6: Theory of Surplus Value, Marxian State, Relevance of Marxism,
Meaning and Definition: Equality, Religion and Democracy Week 7: Phule and Ambedkar’s views on Equality, Phule and Ambedkar’s views on Religion,
Phule and Ambedkar’s views on Democracy, Meaning and Nature of Gandhism Week 8: Gandhi on Truth and Non-Violence, Ends and means relationship given by Mahatma Gandhi,
Theory of Satyagraha, Gandhi on Gram Swaraj Week 9: Relevance of Gandhism, Meaning, Nature and Features of Feminism, Evolution of Feminism,
Types of Feminism Week 10:Liberal Feminism, Feminism in India: Caste, Feminism in India: Patriarchy,
Feminism in India: Women’s Representation

Taught by

Dr. Wahida Shaikh


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