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Module Title LH Global Uprisings: Critique and Radical Politics
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 29442
Module Lead Mark Wenman
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Guided independent study-180 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The module analyses the central themes and problems in European political thought, and in response to the some of the main movements for radical change in global politics, past and present. We approach this through an examination of the work of various key thinkers, who have each made an original contribution to our understanding of capitalism and of modernity. The ideas of these thinkers are set against an analysis of the main political events and upheavals of the 20th and 21st centuries: from the Russian Revolution, to May 68, to the so called ‘velvet revolutions’ of 1989/90, right up to Occupy and the Arab Spring. Through studying the different thinkers, we can trace a series of characteristic themes in European political thought, these include: the key characteristics of capitalism and of political modernity, the analyses of power and of totalitarianism, the relationship between ethics and politics, the nature of critique, and prospects for radical political change.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the work of a range of modern political theorists.
  • Gain an ability to analyse and evaluate a complex body of ideas.
Assessment 29442-01 : 1000 Word Book Review : Coursework (25%)
29442-02 : 3000 Word Essay : Coursework (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 1 x 1000 book review (25%); 1 x 3000 word essay (75%)
Reassessment: None
Other None
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