Modern Political Ideologies

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

College of Social Sciences


Code 20899

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 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 will examine in detail the character and development of the most important modern ideologies: liberalism, conservatism and socialism; also feminism, environmentalism, anarchism and nationalism.

It will look at how these ideologies have developed historically, at the social and political changes to which they were responding and to some characteristic debates surrounding them.

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%)