Foundations of Modern Political and Social Theory

Department of Political Science and International Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 20893

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

This module examines modern political theory from the late eighteenth century: Hume, Kant, Burke, Hegel, Bentham, James Mill, Tocqueville. The second part takes the exploration of themes through the nineteenth century: J S Mill, Marx and Nietzsche.

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 3,000 word summative essay (50%) plus 3 hour examination (50%)