Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3283: Hope and Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Robert Lamb (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The idea of hope has a vital, and perhaps ineliminable, place within politics. Hope provides the means through which dreams might take form as practical realities and sustains individuals and communities during their experiences of struggle and oppression. It is hard to imagine a successful political leader, party, or social movement that does not, at some point, tap into the unique power of hope. This module looks at the idea of hope, as understood and contested across different writers and traditions, examining how we might make best understand it as a political and philosophical concept. 

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