Introduction to Political Ideologies : Contexts, Ideas, and Practices

By Prof. Arvind Sivaramakrishnan   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 205
The course aims to provide an understanding of the ways political actions and events are informed by ideas of the state, of political membership, and of human nature and human action. It also aims to assist students to make informed judgments about political events and developments in the light of the ideologies covered, and to evaluate the ideologies themselves in relation to political or other appropriate events. Throughout the course, the theory is supported by examples, many of which are drawn from current or recent events of many kinds, such as major policies, court rulings, or social developments.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any Interested learners
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST
Enrollment Ends : 31 Jan 2022
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1  : Fascism
Week 2  : Conservatism
Week 3  : Liberalism
Week 4  : Marx
Week 5
  : Anarchism
Week 6  : Feminism
Week 7  : Ecologism
Week 8  : Poststructuralism and Postmodernism
Week 9  : Theocracy and Fundamentalism
Week 10:Technocracy and Managerialism
Week 11:Nationalism
Week 12:Republicanism and Citizenship

Books and references

  • Set book: Sivaramakrishnan, Arvind. 2017. Introduction to Political Ideologies: Concepts, Ideas, and Practices. New Delhi: SAGE.
  • https://www.sagepub.com/hi/nam/introduction-to-political-ideologies/book259010
  • Other materials, mainly drawn from current affairs, will be clearly specified for each topic as the course proceeds. These will all be freely accessible online, and will usually be fairly short, eg 1000 words of text or 10-15 minutes on Youtube. They will include appropriate analyses of events, theories, court rulings, etc., appropriate to the ideologies concerned. (These cannot usually be specified in advance.)

Instructor bio

Prof. Arvind Sivaramakrishnan

IIT Madras
Arvind Sivaramakrishnan is a member of the Guest Faculty and former Visiting Professor in the Department of Humanities at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, where he has taught since July 2015. From 2008 to 2014 Dr Sivaramakrishnan was Senior Deputy Editor on the Hindu, writing editorials, specialist articles, and book reviews on international politics, public policy, and political theory; he combined his duties with teaching and research as an Associate Professor at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. He took his degree, a postgraduate diploma in social administration, and doctorate as well as a professional teaching qualification at the University of Southampton, where he also taught politics; he also holds a British qualification in teaching English as a foreign language. He has taught at Suffolk College, Ipswich, the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, Southampton Institute of Higher Education (now Southampton Solent University), and Tauntons College (now Richard Taunton College), Southampton. He has published a range of academic papers in politics, political philosophy, public policy, and related fields, and has conducted research seminars and research training sessions at universities in the European Union and India. His books include Introduction to Political Ideologies (2017), Public Interest Journalism (2014), Public Policy and Citizenship (2012), Short on Democracy (2007), and Through a Glass Wall (2007). He is currently coediting a volume on Indian democracy with Dr Sudarsan Padmanabhan of IIT Madras; this is expected to appear in December 2019 under the title Indian Democracy: Contradictions and Reconciliations.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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