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School of Politics and International Relations

POL247 Modernity: Theories of State, Economy and Society

(POL247A – Autumn, POL247B – Spring)

Level: 5

Credits: 30 credits

Semester: A & B

Contact: Professor Ray Kiely

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: POL110

Compulsory for: Semi compulsory L202, L20Y, L250, L25Y

Associate availability: Full Year, Spring and Autumn


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: Critical analysis of text 15%, Research Essay 25% & 3 hour Exam 60%