Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

The History of Political Ideas

The History of Political Ideas
Second semester
The keys to culture
Culture: concepts and basic experience
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: Catalan, English

Teaching staff

Dr. MOYA RUIZ, Albert - amoya@uic.es

By appointment via email.



Located in the last year of the degree, this subject is proposed as a theoretical exercise with empirical-practical repercussions that allows us to think and rethink some of the ideas that have founded the modern construction of political societies as we know them today.

Conceived in seminar format, the subject is presented like this, as an advanced course on political and social issues that mark the contemporary world based on its historical foundation and its practical development in Western societies.

Some of the ideas that will be worked on are, among others, the relation between symbolism and politics, the question of power, theopolitics or developments related to biopolitics and psychopolitics. And more specifically ideas such as political messianism, feminism, populism, or even the pandemic. All these reflections will be approached from authors and texts that constitute unavoidable references of each one of the questions raised.

Pre-course requirements

No prerequisites are required to take the subject, despite not being in any case a preparatory course. It will be assumed that the student is able to work on texts of a certain conceptual complexity, to present them in a group and to discuss their contents.


Through the analysis of different authors and texts, the course aims to open students to reflections of a social and political nature that are crucial to understanding the historical development of political ideas present in our days. In the same way, the subject wants to offer a vision, as exhaustive as possible, of these political problems, showing the responses that their main promoters have given, as well as the debates that these have raised in the academic and social context.

Starting from this conceptual basis, students should be able to form a critical, coherent and well-founded opinion of the questions raised.


  • E05 - Ability to evaluate social issues linked to cultural diversity.
  • E06 - Awareness of and respect for different points of view resulting from cultural and social diversity.
  • E16 - To acquire knowledge of the different models and policies of other cultures and migrant groups.
  • E17 - To acquire knowledge of the situation in Europe from a comparative perspective.
  • E18 - To acquire the perception and knowledge of the physical space in which human activity develops.
  • E31 - To pass on knowledge and good practices to other sectors.
  • G03 - To search for and/or administer economic resources within the framework of an institution or company, or a cultural programmes, project or service.
  • G04 - To know how to communicate, encourage and mediate between the various agents involved in a cultural project, programme or service.
  • G06 - To demonstrate an ability to be open and flexible with regards to cultural and socil diversity.
  • G11 - Ability to work in an international context.

Learning outcomes

1. Acquire key concepts from each of the subjects

2. Know and select specific documentation of the subjects

3. Applies theoretical knowledge in analysis and debates of face-to-face activities and in autonomous work

4. Solve practical cases

5. Practice individual and group work strategies

6. Learn to contextualize social and political phenomena

7. Relate concepts of the different subjects worked in a transversal way

8. Learn to diagnose problems in the intellectual, social and political fields

9. Read and analyze essays on current topics

10. Establishes valid approaches to systematize data and / or scattered information.

11. Applies / transfers theoretical and / or abstract concepts from each of the subjects to real situations


1. On the nature of politics. From the models of natural sociability to the contractualist doctrines of modernity.

2. Liberalism and socialism.

3. Democracy.

4. Theopolitics and political messianism.

5. Political power.

6. From biopolitics to psychopolitics.

7. Post-foundational political thought.

8. Populism.

9. Feminism.

10. Ecology and politics

11. Pandemic

Teaching and learning activities

In person

The teaching-learning methodology combines master classes, discussions, presentations by the students, research of information and writing individual essays.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The evaluation system will consist fundamentally of a written exam based on the theoretical-practical topics worked throughout the course (40%) and on the oral presentation and defence of an individual project which will mainly consist of the analysis and oral presentation of texts worked on individually and that will have been previously assigned by the teacher (30%). This weekly work is mandatory to pass the course. The percentage corresponding to each of the elements to be evaluated will be the following:

Final written exam 40%

Individual and oral project 30%

Class attendance and active participation 30%

In the final exam and individual project the orthographic rules of the faculty will be applied, by which each spelling mistake involves the loss of 0.1 points.


Bibliography and resources


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