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School of Politics and International Relations

POL247 Modernity: Theories of State, Economy and Society

POL247 Modernity: Theories of State, Economy and Society (POL247A – Autumn, POL247B – Spring)

Credits: 30
Semester: A & B

Module Convenor: Prof Ray Kiely
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Description: The module explores the work of key thinkers who focus on the politics of modernity, with a three part division based on society, the state and the economy. It will look at writers such as Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Spencer, Keynes, Polanyi and Hayek, and how these writers have influenced different perspectives on issues that continue to dominate political debate in the current era, including class, the state. Social and political movements, and national identity.


Assessment: Text analysis -1500 words (15%), Research Essay - 2500 words (25%), Exam (60%)

Autumn semester only associates: Essay 1 - 1500 words (40%), Essay 2 - 3000 words (60%)

Spring semester only associates: Research Essay - 2000 words (40%), Exam (60%)

Connected course(s): Compulsory for:L2L3,L23L Semi-compulsory for: L202,L20Y,L250,L25Y
Level: 5

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