|Module Title||POLITICS 1:POLITICAL IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES|
|Co-ordinator||Professor Howard Williams|
|Course delivery||Lecture||18 Hours (18 x 1 hour)|
|Seminars / Tutorials||5 Hours (5 x 1 hour)|
|Assessment||Essay||1 x 2,000 word essay.||30%|
These notions lie at the heart of how political life is organised, especially in a democracy, and they continue to pose intriguing questions about the best way of 'doing' politics and what it means to be a citizen. The third section looks at political
ideologies. When a set of ideas becomes a coherent whole and when the theory can become a set of concrete proposals, then
we can speak of an ideology. The ideologies which we examine are central to understanding twentieth century, and indeed
twenty first century, politics; liberalism, socialism, feminism, conservatism and environmentalism. Overall, the module
provides a solid foundation for the study of politics and international relations because it explores the founding ideas
upon which both real governments and dreams of a 'better world' are built.
- to introduce students to the important thinkers, key ideas and most influential political ideologies of political theory and
- to facilitate students' understanding of the ideational element which infuses political decision making, institutional design and
- demonstrate a basic understanding of the work of at least two political thinkers
- identify and assess different interpretations of some key ideas in political thought.
- describe and critically assess the main characteristics of at least one political ideology.
- to express such knowledge in a coherent and cogent manner.