Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 11 Hours. (11 x 1 hour)
Lecture 11 Hours. (11 x 1 hour)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar Performance  10%
Semester Assessment 2,000 word essay  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  (Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics.)  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

The objectives of this module are to teach students to evaluate classical writers in political theory and to deliberate for themselves on the issues raised by these writers.

Brief description

This module looks at the work of earlier political thinkers on international relations from the standpoint of contemporary international problems. The theorists discussed will vary from year to year but may include Hobbes, Grotius, Kant, Marx, Clausewitz, Gramsci and Lenin. Emphasis will be placed on Kant's Perpetual Peace, Hobbes's Leviathan and Lenin's theory of imperialism.


The aims of this module are:

  • To develop in students an awareness of the classical antecedents of the contemporary debates in international relations.
  • To develop an understanding of the contribution of classical political thinking to the understanding of domestic and international politics.
  • To introduce the students to the study of the history of political thought.


1. The nature of political theory
2. Debating the Leviathan
3. Sovereignty
4. Kant's philosophy
5. Cosmopolitanism
6. Imperialism


This module is at CQFW Level 6