Political Studies

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Studies

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This module aims to introduce and familiarize students with the ideological theories of political studies. The objective is to inform students the centrality that theory in their daily socio-political environment.


    • Critical and coherent understanding and application of the overarching theoretical ideologies.
    • Comprehend that the social environment develops and morphs the ideological to suit utopian ideals.
    • To examine some of the principle developments in world politics from the 19th -21st centuries that has resulted in a cyclical rotation of ideologies.
    • Explain and describe the dominance of, and conflict between, various ideological approaches.
    • Discuss how these approaches of ideologies and theories influence our present socio-political scenarios.


    • Theoretical, philosophical and ideological approaches within political studies.
    • Contextualizing political debates within the spectrum of various ?isms? such as liberalism, socialism, communism, conservatism, feminism and nationalism.


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