POLT07001 2017 Political Theory

General Details

Full Title
Political Theory
Transcript Title
Political theory
Code
POLT07001
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
POLT - Politics
Department
SOCS - Social Sciences
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
10 - 10 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Chris Sparks
Programme Membership
SG_HJOIN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics SG_HJOIN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics
Description

This module introduces the student to key concepts and core thinkers in the tradition of western political theory. Core themes to be explored include the relationship of the state to civil society, the rights and duties of citizens, power and authority, the strengths and weaknesses of democratic orders of power. Key thinkers to be examined and discussed include selections from, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu,  Edmund Burke, Tom Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, J.S. Mill, Karl Marx, Hannah Arendt, Antonio Gramsci, John Rawls, Robert Nozick, John Keane and Francis Fukuyama.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Critically evaluate core concepts in the tradition of political thought

2.

Interrogate the works of at least two canonical political theorists

3.

Display the ability to construct coherent arguments for and against liberal democratic orders of power

4.

Present coherently structured discussions of political concepts and issues in written and/or oral form

Teaching and Learning Strategies

All teaching/learning methods will be developed from John Dewey's principles of education for democratic societies and deploy contemporary pedagogic tools designed to maximise students critical thinking, participatory and presentation skills. Activities will mix teacher-led  workshops and student-led workshops and individual presentations. They will be discursive , inquiring and challenging and respectfully inclusive for all participants. 

Module Assessment Strategies

1. Essay 2000 words in length: comparing and contrasting the core ideas and key arguments of two political theories( 50 percent)

2. Individual oral presentation in which the student will present and discuss a chosen political theory text in detail. This activity excludes discussion of either of the two theorists presented in the written essay component.

 

Repeat Assessments

The student will repeat the formal process of the original assessment with newly selected content.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Aristotle: politics as humanising communality

2. Machiavelli: Politics as the pursuit of power and glory

3. Hobbes and Locke: social contract, the state and civil society

4. Rousseau and Montesquieu: the constitution of the modern nation state

5. Burke and Paine: citizenship rights and duties

6. Mary Wollstonecraft: the exclusion of women from politics

6. J.S. Mill and Marx: liberty and society

7. Hannah Arendt and Gramsci: Power and polity

8. Rawls and Nozick: Justice and freedom

9. John Keane and Francis Fukuyama: the end of democracy?

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 2000 Word essay contrasting and comparing the ideas of two political theorists Continuous Assessment Essay 50 % Any 1,2,3,4
2 Individual presentation of a key text in political thought with critical evaluation of core ideas and discussion of some core issues Continuous Assessment Oral Exam 50 % Any 1,4
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Flat Classroom all teaching/learning activities 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2004 Political theorists in context Routledge

Recommended Reading
2009 Contemporary political theorists in context Routledge

. . Routledge, 2009.

Recommended Reading
2015 Political theory: an introduction Palgrave Macmillan

Recommended Reading
2013 Civil society: Old images, new visions John Wiley :-:- Sons

. Civil society: Old images, new visions. , 2013

Recommended Reading
1989 The disorder of women: Democracy, feminism, and political theory. Stanford University Press

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Isaacs, S. and Sparks, C, 2004 Political theorists in context Routledge

Clohesy, Anthony M., Stuart Isaacs, and Chris Sparks, 2009 Contemporary political theorists in context Routledge

Heywood, Andrew, 2015 Political theory: an introduction Palgrave Macmillan

Keane, John, 2013 Civil society: Old images, new visions John Wiley

Pateman, Carole, 1989 The disorder of women: Democracy, feminism, and political theory. Stanford University Press