This is an introductory module designed to familiarise you with a broad spectrum of theories, approaches and issues related to the concept of power and contemporary political ideas.
The module will provide you with a solid foundation of key skills and knowledge upon which you can build your own perspectives on a number of themes and issues which you are likely to encounter over the course of your degree. The module is divided into two main parts - the first part looks at different conceptions of politics and power, whilst the second half examines a number of contemporary ideas and political issues.
By the end of the module you should be able to:
- Demonstrate a familiarity with a broad spectrum of theories, approaches and issues related to the concept of power and contemporary political ideas.
- Distinguish between major theories of power, politics and the state and link these to issues of contemporary political debate.
- Identify broad trends in the development of political ideas and analytical approaches to the study of politics and power.
- 1 x 4,000 word essay end or term (100%)