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School of History

HST5614 - History of Political Thought

How has the meaning of "democracy" changed over the centuries? Where did the language of rights come from? How have slavery and empire been justified - and criticised?

Module code: HST5614

Credits: 30
Semester: YEAR

Module Convenor: Dr Waseem Yaqoob and Professor Georgios Varouxakis

How has the meaning of "democracy" changed over the centuries? Where did the language of rights come from? How have slavery and empire been justified - and criticised? Beginning with some of the earliest examples of political theorising in the ancient world, and ending in the twentieth century, this module introduces students to some of the most important thinkers and debates in the history of political thought. Individual thinkers and major texts will be discussed each week, together with major debates and issues. Students will look at arguments and controversies as they unfolded in different historical circumstances, becoming familiar with the concepts, problems, and debates that have shaped political thought. They will acquire a solid grounding in the development of, and differences among, the various philosophical and ideological traditions that have shaped modern politics.

Assessment: Learning Log 15%, Source Analysis 15%, Essay 20%, Take Home Exam 50%
Level: 5

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