2017-2018 / SOCI0002-1

Sociology of Ideologies


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in political sciences : general5 crédits 
 Master in criminology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Bachelor in sociology and anthropology3 crédits 
 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 


Marc Jacquemain

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The aim of the course is to present and analyse the notion of "ideology" in the broadest acception as "global worldview".

It studies societal functions of ideology but also mechanisms of ideological production and specificity of the notion whithin the "architecture of knowledge" (opinions, attitudes, representations).

He bears on classical theoreticians (Marx, Mannheim, Geertz), on modern authors (Castoriadis Ricoeur, Boltanski, Elster...) but also on literary works and pictures. He will also present some research work led inside University of Liege.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course has two main goals
- on one hand, render students able to perceive implicit ideologies among which we live and to take distance form them.
- on the other end the study of ideological functioning and production as such, in order to understand how all social relations are "couloured" by ideology.
Outside its proper object the courses leads students to progressively grasp the distance between "social reality" as such and theoretical model that intend to describe or explain it.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Face to face
Each lesson will be based on a classical text or a concrete example (litterature or cinema) that will be analysed and decoded by the teacher.
Those text and examples will constitute the examination matter.
Each lesson will be released in podcast.

Recommended or required readings

Texts and examples will be analysed and presented in a schematic way on slides. Students will get both texts and slides.
Outside example from the lectures, students will have to read one complementary text that will be chosen among three proposals from the teacher.This text will NOT be commented by the teacher and will be the subject of one question of the examination.
Detailed information will be provided at the fist sessions and will be sustained by written instructions posted on MyUlg.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination for the two sessions

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Marc JACQUEMAIN, tél: 04/ 366 30 72 - fax: 366 29 83
e-mail : marc.jacquemain@ulg.ac.be

Teaching assistant : Jérôme Pieters

Tel : 04/366 48 94. E-mail : j.pieters@ulg.ac.be