|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||16 Hours (16 x 1 hour)|
|Seminars / Tutorials||8 Hours (8 x 1 hour)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Seminar Performance||10%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Exam||50%|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 3,000 word essay in lieu of exam, if exam element failed||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay, if essay element failed||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 1,000 word assignment, in lieu of seminar performance||10%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- have a grasp of the main themes of the history of political thought
- be acquainted with three or more political ideologies
- be acquainted with some of the key 20th century thinkers
- be able to evaluate an original text in political theory
- be capable of putting forward and appraising a political argument.
This module provides an introduction to the history of political theory and a close analysis of specific ideas and thinkers.
1. Political Theory and its history
2. Machiavelli's The Prince
3. Modern political theory - Hobbes and sovereign power
4. John Locke and liberal political theory
4. Rousseau - the social contract theory continued
6. Liberalism and Utilitarianism - John Stuart Mill, James Mill & Bentham
7. Conservatism - Edmund Burke and Michael Oakeshott
8. Fascism - is there a coherent ideology as exemplified in the work of Carl Schmitt?
9. Anarchism - Bakunin, Godwin and Kropotkin
10. Feminism - Mary Wollstonecraft, Susan Moller Okin and Martin Mussbaum.
11. Socialism - the utopian socialists versus Marx
12. Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil
13. Foucault - Post-modern Politics
14. Habermas - a universal dialogue?
15. Rawls - The Search for Justice
16. Political Theory and its Future.
10 ECTS credits
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This module is at CQFW Level 6