Menu

School of Politics and International Relations

Undergraduate menu

POL110 Thinking Politically: Introduction to concepts, theories and Ideologies

(POL110A – Autumn; POL110B – Spring)

Credits: 30 credits

Semester: 1 and 2

Timetable: TBC

Contact: Dr Nicholas Hostettler

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: None

Description:

‘Thinking Politically’ explores and develops modern ways of thinking about politics and political issues. It combines the exploration of modern and contemporary ideologies with the analysis of key political theories and concepts. The first part is a series of introductions to the thinking of the major modern political ideological traditions of liberalism, conservatism, socialism & Marxism, paying attention both to their historical development and contemporary manifestations. After looking at the nature of political concepts and theory the focus shifts to controversies about human nature, political order, liberties, equalities and the just distribution of social goods. As we explore debates over these issues, we shall be examining the ways in which these concepts are deployed within and by the different ideological traditions studied earlier. ‘Thinking Politically’ introduces students to political thinking: it demonstrates the value of political theory by helping students to use it to better understand and participate in today’s political debates.  

This module is compulsory for all single and joint honours students.

Assessment: Critical Analysis (1,500 words) 20%, Coursework (2,500 words) 30%, Exam 50%

Level: 4

Back to main Module listing

Bookmark and Share
Return to top