School of Politics and International Relations

POL379 Radical Politics Today

POL379 (POL379A – Autumn) Radical Politics Today module at Queen Mary University London's School of Politics and International Relations

(POL379A – Autumn)

Level: 6

Credits: 15 credits

Semester: A

Contact: Dr Lasse Thomassen

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: POL100 or POL110

Compulsory for: None

Associate availability: Full year and Autumn students

What does it mean to be radical today? Where do we find examples of radical politics in the contemporary world? This module combines two things: we study important contemporary radical thinkers such as Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri, Slavoj Zizek, Ernesto Laclau & Chantal Mouffe; and we study concrete examples of radical politics such as the Occupy protests, the Alter-Globalisation Movement and the Zapatistas. Doing so, we examine the dilemmas faced by students and practitioners of radical politics and the theoretical and political issues that divide them.

Assessment: 1 x 1000 word essay (30%) and 1 x 3000 word essay (70%)

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