Ideology, Public Discourse and Social Policy

The aim of this seminar is to investigate critically what is hidden under the term ‘ideology’ either in the wider sense of a worldview or in the more restricted sense of ‘distortion’ or ‘misrecognition’. Our aim is to understand and analyse some of the basic theoretical issues and different notions of ‘ideology’ and its relations to social scientific knowledge – to the extend that we assume that every social policy (as a political and public discourse) always has ideological assumptions, orientations and consequences, overt or latent.  The seminar will also investigate the possibilities of a critique of ideology through the contemporary methodologies of political discourse analysis which provide us with ways to understand and analyse, on one hand, empirically social policy discourse and, on the other, the ideological terms and orientations involved in all forms of social science – and in social policy.

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