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Contemporary Political Theory

  • Study programme/study programmes: Undergraduate academic International studies
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: Contemporary Political Theory
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof.  Milan Lj. Podunavac (75%) and Đorđe M. Pavićević, PhD, Assistant Professor (25%), exercise by  Marko B. Simendić, Teaching Associate
  • Status of the course: Compulsory
  • Number of ECTS: 8
  • Teaching methods: Lectures, exercise, written seminar papers, tests
  • Number of classes:4+1

Aim and outcome of the course

The course deals with development and basic problems of political theory after the World War Two and consists of three parts. In the first part the students shall get introduced with basic theoretical streams in contemporary political theory which are, according to methodological and epistemological starting points, classified into three dominant groups: empirical theories, dominating until the 1970s, interpretative and historical theories that follow insights of philosophy of language and hermeneutic and normative political theories which became dominant in the last thirty years. The second part of the course shall introduce students with selected leading concepts and principles which are the focus of a vivid debate. These are fundamental concepts which follow the tradition of history of political thought but gain new articulation in modern considerations. In the third part of the course students shall get acquainted with basic characteristics and problems discussed in relations with democracy as an order and as a principle.

At the end of the course, students are expected to: understand and distinguish basic streams in contemporary political theory, Understand and critically interpret the most important theoretical concepts and principles, Practically apply the obtained knowledge in understanding and explanation of actual political phenomena and contemporary political problems, Independently and critically study and research problems and literature, Present their results in form of written paper, present them orally and critically assess the obtained knowledge

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching

Introductory lecture, Streams in contemporary political theory: Normative approaches to political theory, Streams in contemporary political theory: Interpretative/hermeneutic and historical political theory, Streams in contemporary political theory: Empirical approaches, Political order and community, Political legitimacy, Political obligation, Justice, Citizenship: rights and identity, Political pluralism and consensus, Political culture: theories, components and typologies, Democracy as an order and as a principle of legitimacy, Democracy and public good; democratic decision-making: aggregation and deliberation

Practical teaching: Exercise, Other modes of teaching, Study research work


а) basic
1. Milan Podunavac and Đorđe Pavićević: Savremena politička teorija (textbook under preparation, abt 400 pages) 2. Milan Podunavac, Poredak, konstitucinalizam, demokratija, Čigoja štampa, Belgrade 2007
Additional literature: Raymond Plante: Suvremena politička misao, transl. Kiril Miladinov, Naklada Jesenski i Turk, Zagreb, 2002, pp. 1-27 2. Bhikhu Parekh: Politicka teorija: tradicije u političkoj filozofiji, in: A New Handbook of Political Science, ed. By Rober E. Goodin and Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Oxford University Press, 1996, pp. 503-518 3. Jean Hampton: “The Problem of Political Authority”, in: J. Hampton, Political Philosophy, Westview Press, Boulder/Colorado, pp.3-38 4. Jean Hampton: “Modern Social Contract Theories”, in: J. Hampton, Political Philosophy, Westview Press, Boulder/Colorado, pp.39-69 5. David Marsh and Gerry Stocker: Teorije i metode političke znanosti, Fakultet političkih znanosti, Zagreb, 2005, pp. 43-125 6. Franz Neumann:Vladavina prava, trans. Slobodan Divjak. Filip Višnjić, Belgrade, 2002. pp. 215-221 7. Urlich K. Preuss: “Constitutionalism”, in: Constitutional Aspects of the Making of Democracy in the Post-Communist Societies of East Europe, Zentrum für Europäische Rechtspolitik, Bremen, 1993, Ch. I: “Constitutionalism”, pp. 1-9
8. John Rawls, Politički liberalizam, trans. Ljiljana Nikolić, Filip Višnjić, Belgrade, 1998. pp.11-28 9. John Rawls, Pravo naroda sa “Još jednom o ideji javnog uma”, trans.Ljiljana Nikolić, Alexandria Press/NSPM, Belgrade, 2003, pp. 169- 199 10. Jurgen Habermas: “Tri normativna modela modela demokratije”, Constelations, Vol. 1. Nr. 1, April 1994, pp. 1-10 11. Frank Cunningham:, Teorije demokratije, trans.Nikola Krznarić, Filip Višnjić, Belgrade, 2003. 271-303 12. Almond, Gabriel and Verba, Sidney: Civilna kultura, Zagreb, 2004, pp. 13-39

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10
  • Colloquim(a) 30
  • Seminar(s) 20

Final examination

  • Oral examination 40