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School of Politics and International Relations

POL264 Modern Political Thought 2

(POL264B - Spring)

Level: 5

Semester: B

Credit Value: 15

Module Convenor: Dr Elke Schwarz

Overlap: None

Pre-requisite: POL100 or POL110

Compulsory for: L202, L20Y

Associate Availability: Full Year and Spring only


This module builds on the analysis of concepts and ideologies begun in POL110. It enables students to follow through key ideas and debates about equality, power, revolution, democracy, identity and politics in modern political thought. It covers a range of thinkers from exemplars of Liberalism and Marxism to their anarchist, feminist, postcolonial and postmodern critics. The module focuses on thinkers from the mid- to late-C20th, such as Fanon, Gandhi, Beauvoir, Habermas, Rawls, and Foucault (the thinkers may change from year to year).

Assessment: 1 x essay 2000 words (40%) and 2 hour Exam (60%)