Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

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Module Title
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Intended for use in future years
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Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 15 Hours. (15 x 1 hour)
Seminars / Tutorials 9 Hours. (9 x 1 hour)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar Performance  10%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Exam  90%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • have a grasp of the concept of ideology.
  • be acquainted with three or more political ideologies.
  • be able to evaluate an original text in political theory.
  • be capable of putting forward and appraising a political argument.

Brief description

This module provides an advanced introduction to political theory and a close analysis of specific ideas and thinkers.


These are the anticipated lecture topics:

1. Ideology and Political Theory: Marx
2. Mannheim's theories of ideology
3. Machiavelli's The Prince
4. Modern political theory - Hobbes and Locke
5. Rousseau' the social contract theory continued
6. Liberalism and Utilitarianism - John Stuart Mill, James Mill & Bentham
7. Conservatism - contemporary and classical
8. Fascism - is there a coherent ideology?
9. Anarchism - Bakunin, Godwin and Kropotkin
10. Feminism - classical and contemporary
11. Socialism - is there a non-marxist socialism?


The aims of this course are to introduce the student to the use and critical appraisal of some of the principal texts in political thought. This will be done through the study of key classical writers and the investigation of a number of ideologies such as liberalism, nationalism, conservatism, fascism, socialism, and anarchism.

Transferable skills

This module will provide the opportunity for students to develop their oral, intellectual and communication skills. In the lectures emphasis will be placed on understanding, following the argument and summarizing it concisely. In the seminars emphasis will be placed on developing clear, cogent and persuasive arguments. The seminars offer the opportunity for students to show independent reasoning and judgement. Essay writing will encourage students to carry out research on their own initiative and to develop their IT presentation skills. The examination will test knowledge retention, comprehension and skills of analysis under conditions of time constraint.

10 ECTS credits

Reading List

Recommended Text
Goodwin, Barbara. Using political ideas /[by] Barbara Goodwin. Primo search Hoffman, John Introduction to Political Theory Primo search Williams, Howard Ll. International relations in political theory /Howard Williams. Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6