Foundations of Politics (M1036)
15 credits, Level 4
You are introduced to some of the central concepts and issues in political theory.
The module offers you an opportunity to think not just about the way politics is, but also about the way it ought to be.
We will ask questions such as 'why should we obey the state?', 'is democracy the best form of government?', and 'what makes a just society?'
We begin with some of the most fundamental and enduring questions in political theory, and we finish with some more recent debates.
The module is designed to be cumulative, so that the analysis developed in one week is built on in the weeks that follow.
By the end of the term you should have acquired a basic understanding of the central questions in political theory, and you should have begun to develop some of your own answers to these questions.
100%: Coursework (Essay, Project)
Contact hours and workload
We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.
This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses: