This module aims to introduce students to key political concepts, and their application in a domestic and international setting. It also attempts to provide students with the skills to think analytically about politics and its relevance to all aspects of social life. The first term focuses on the historical development of key political approaches – from liberalism to feminism – and how they respond to the concepts of state and society. The second term then looks more closely at the state and its related institutions through an analysis of the British political system. In the final term, the module takes some of the key approaches introduced previously, and adapts them to an international context in order to assess their relevance to an increasingly globalised political system.
Topics studied include:
- Power and democracy
- Liberalism, Marxism, feminism
- Contemporary political institutions
- Political parties and pressure groups
- International relations