POLT07001 2017 Political Theory
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.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Critically evaluate core concepts in the tradition of political thought
Interrogate the works of at least two canonical political theorists
Display the ability to construct coherent arguments for and against liberal democratic orders of power
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.
The student will repeat the formal process of the original assessment with newly selected content.
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
|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
|Workshop||Flat Classroom||all teaching/learning activities||6||Weekly||6.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
2004 Political theorists in context Routledge
2009 Contemporary political theorists in context Routledge
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2015 Political theory: an introduction Palgrave Macmillan
2013 Civil society: Old images, new visions John Wiley :-:- Sons
. Civil society: Old images, new visions. , 2013
1989 The disorder of women: Democracy, feminism, and political theory. Stanford University Press
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