Modern European Political Thought

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

College of Social Sciences


Code 20915

Level of study Third/Final 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 themes in the development of modern European political thought: the interpretation of modernity; the nature of reason and rationality; ethics and politics; democracy and totalitarianism.

These themes will be addressed through an examination of the work of the most influential modern European political theorists who have sought to question modern assumptions concerning politics and society.

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 – 4,000 word summative essay (50%), plus 3 hour examination (50%)