Politics

Modern Political Thought

Module code: L2031
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module addresses some of the most important texts in the history of western political philosophy. It covers the work of seven major political thinkers and aims to provide you with knowledge of the broad contours of modern political thought from the 17th to the 20th century. You will develop your ability to analyse philosophical arguments and to situate the texts studied in the appropriate historical contexts. Throughout, the aim will be to encourage close textual reading whilst developing an awareness of the wider themes and concepts that inform modern political thought.

Module learning outcomes

  • Gain knowledge of a range of political philosophers and their arguments, as well as key concepts in political thought
  • Ability to understand and critique political philosophical arguments
  • A critical understanding of themes in modern political thought