Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3199: Images of Democracy

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to provide you with an advanced understanding of theories of radical democracy. It aims to familiarize you with some ancient Greek texts that remain important reference points for contemporary democratic theory. It aims to compare and contrast the work of Hannah Arendt and Jacques Rancière and to consider the implications of their thought for understanding contemporary politics.

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. critically understand the nature of democratic politics
2. provide in-depth interpretations of political phenomena in terms of democratic theory
Discipline-Specific Skills3. critically deploy political theory to (re)describe political problems and to imagine the possibility of social change
4. evaluate the relative insightfulness of competing theoretical interpretations of political phenomena
Personal and Key Skills5. engage in constructive peer-evaluation
6. undertake independent research as part of a team