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POL206 Modern Political Thought I and II

POL206 (POL206A – Autumn, POL206B – Spring) - Modern Political Thought I and II modules at Queen Mary University London

(POL206A – Autumn, POL206B – Spring)

Level: 5

Credits: 30 credits

Semester: 3 and 4

Contact: Prof Kimberly Hutchings 

Overlap: HST5601 History of Western Politics Thought

Prerequisite: POL100

Associate Availability: Full Year, Spring and Autumn


The module offers an introduction to Modern Political Thought by critically examining the texts and ideas of major political thinkers of the seventeenth to twentieth century. The first semester this year will consider Machiavelli and the social contract theorists: Hobbes, Locke & Rousseau. It will conclude with an examination of the ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft and Edmund Burke. This will enable students to assess the foundations of the history of political thought. The second semester will focus upon the development of political thought in the nineteenth century, with special emphasis upon the work of the British utilitarians, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, and four important German thinkers: Kant, Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche. 

LV21 History & Politics students must take either POL206 or HST5601 History of Western Political Thought.

Assessment: 1 x 1000 word Short Essay (10%), 2 x 2500 word Essay (25% each), 1 x Seen Exam (40%)

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