• 6-week
  • Course
  • New for 2021
Political Ideologies

This course presents a comparative analysis of four major political ideologies: democracy, communism, fascism, and Islamism. Students examine theory and structure, as well as the historical development and contemporary forms of each ideology. Primary sources are used extensively as students are asked to explore the ideas of such major political thinkers as Locke, Rousseau, Jefferson, Mill, Marx, Lenin, Sorel, and Nietzsche.

Note: Open to students who will have completed the U.S. equivalent of grades 10 or 11 by the start of Summer Programs. Matriculating and current Choate students who wish to take the course to fulfill the PS430HO requirement for the academic year John F. Kennedy ’35 Program in Government and Public Service must first obtain permission from the academic year JFK program director as part of the application process for Summer Programs, and must then comply with all attendance and course expectations. The JFK program director will determine final eligibility for credit based upon the student’s successful completion of the course.

  • 6-week
  • Block 5
  • Choate Diploma Credit
  • High School
  • New for 2021

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