Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3120: Political Thinkers of the Early Twentieth Century

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

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


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Andrew Schaap (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The turbulent context of the early twentieth century gave rise to a rich array of political ideas based on the experiences of hope and despair at the incredible human power to create and destroy the social and natural world that it witnessed. In this module you will explore some seminal political ideas of the first half of the twentieth century by exploring the fascinating biographies and texts of a range of exemplary political thinkers. You will consider how their ideas were shaped by the historical context in which they wrote, the broad ideological positions that they articulated and the idiosyncrasies associated with their unique biographies.

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