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Module

POL1048 : Foundations of Modern Political Thought (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Walker
  • Lecturer: Dr Graham Long
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aims in this module are to enable students to gain a grasp of the political ideas of five key thinkers whose thought has informed modern political thought, to identify some of the chief continuities and contrasts between them, to think critically about their ideas, to gain an awareness of the significance and impact of their thought, and to introduce a range of key concepts in modern political thought.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module focuses on the ideas of five of the most influential political thinkers of the modern era: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill and Marx. Each of these thinkers attempts to provide answers to the most fundamental questions of politics, for example why do human beings need government? How can some human beings gain the right to rule others? Should we place limits on the scope of political authority and when can we justifiably defy it? What is human nature and how should it shape our political arrangements? What is freedom, how important is it compared with other political goals, and how should we endeavor to achieve it? What is justice and what makes for a just society? How should equality be understood and how does it relate to other concepts such as freedom? When is revolution justified? Ideas of the ‘social contract’, consent, human nature, liberty, equality, democracy, property, justice, class and revolution will all be considered in this module.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable