School of Politics and International Relations

POL100 Introduction to Politics

Introduction to Politics POL100 (POL100A – Autumn; POL100B – Spring)

(POL100A – Autumn; POL100B – Spring)

Credits: 30 credits

Semester: 1 and 2

Timetable: TBC

Contact: Dr Madeleine Davis

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: None


This module combines an introduction to modern and contemporary ideologies with the analysis of key political concepts. It begins by examining conceptions of politics and the political, with particular attention to what it might mean to approach politics normatively/critically and through a range of theoretical perspectives. Next the module introduces modern political ideologies (including liberalism, socialism, conservatism, anarchism), paying attention both to their historical development and contemporary manifestations.  The focus then shifts to an analysis of key political concepts (including human nature, liberty, democracy, justice, equality, rights), examining the ways in which these concepts are deployed within and by the different ideological traditions studied earlier. The emphasis throughout is upon relating the theoretical material to contemporary political movements and questions, and the module closes by addressing a series of contemporary issues (these will vary from year to year but may include identity, multiculturalism, property, the environment) that demonstrate the uses of political theory today.

This module is compulsory for all single and joint honours students.


2 x Essays 40%  & Examination 60%

Level: 4

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