Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1028: Modern Political Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

The module aims to provide you with an introduction to key topics in modern political theory by presenting major concepts, theoretical debates, historical events and cultural and academic texts. It aims to allow you to interpret and analyse  historical arguments by placing them in their context and drawing connections between historical debates and contemporary political issues. The course will provide you with an understanding of core concepts in politics such as the state, rights, power, obligation, citizenship and property.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary political theory ;
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the major historical trends in political theory from the social contract tradition to republicanism, feminism, post-colonialism;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Assimilate taught materials and utilise them to analyse different forms of political contestation;
4. Demonstrate knowledge of major political theories and understand them in their historical context;
Personal and Key Skills5. Research and write analytical essays;
6. Formulate critical arguments; and
7. Communicate arguments effectively through written submissions.