Modern Political Thought

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

Second year module

Lecturer: Dr Richard Shorten

This module examines modern political thought, as expressed both in political philosophies and in political ideologies, in the period between the French Revolution and the Second World War.  In this way it allows students to closely consider the development of three distinctive traditions: liberalism, socialism, and conservatism.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: 

  • Understand where and why there is disagreement between competing political traditions
  • Display a familiarity with the arguments and ideas of significant figures in the development of each of these traditions
  • Utilise these arguments and ideas in thinking about contemporary political issues

Assessment (from 2018-19)

  • In-class quiz (formative)
  • 1 x 1000 word Contextualization paper  ( 25%)
  • 1 x 3000 word Essay (75%)