Study Programmes 2015-2016
Sociology of Ideologies
Duration :
30h Th
Number of credits :
Bachelor in political sciences : general3
Master in criminology (120 ECTS)3
Bachelor in sociology and anthropology3
Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)3
Bachelor in information and communication4
Bachelor in information and communication5
Lecturer :
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
Course 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 course :
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.
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 :
Contacts :
Marc JACQUEMAIN, tél: 04/ 366 30 72 - fax: 366 29 83
e-mail :

Teaching assistant : Jérôme Pieters

Tel : 04/366 48 94. E-mail :
Items online :
Cinq leçons de sociologie des idéologies
A travers un parcours articulé autour de cinq auteurs (Marx, Ricoeur, Boltanski, Elster, Orwell), les slides déclinent les différentes facette de la notion "d'idéologie" entendue comme "représentation globale du monde".