Problems in Contemporary Political Theory

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

Modular value: 20 credits
Term long 
Contact Hours: 
3 hours per week

Lecturer: Richard North

This module examines at a number of important problems from the perspective of political theory. At the heart of the module is the idea of justice and what it requires of the state, political leaders and citizens. The module examines a range of important political issues through the lens of political theory including: the relationship between the state and its citizens; the nature and value of rights and liberties; the distribution of social and economic goods; and the form and limits of legitimate political power.

On successful completion on the module, students will demonstrate an ability to:

  • Understand and critically analyse key political theories and theories of justice
  • Demonstrate the capacity to critical engage with the normative element of political problems
  • Demonstrate a deeper grasp of the theoretical issues raised by contemporary politics


  • Formative Assessment: 500 word essay outline
  • Summative Assessment: 4500 word essay