SOC-10029 - Social and Political Theory
Coordinator: Mark A Featherstone Room: CBC0.014 Tel: +44 1782 7 34179
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the key traditions in social and political sciences from Ancient Greece and the origin of social and political theory through early modern thought up to approaches to thinking about social and political problems in a globalised world. Between exploration of early modern thinking and consideration of theories of multiculturalism, the module will also take in liberal, social contract theory, conflict theory, and theories of fascism and totalitarianism.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe key ideas in the tradition of western social and political theory: 1,2
explain key social and political theories in historical context and understand their value for making sense of social and political realities: 1,2
recognise the variety of social and political theories and identify comparisons and contrasts between them: 1,2
demonstrate understanding of the difference between explanatory and normative social and political theory: 2
explain the connection between broad traditions of social and political theory and specific topics (power, freedom, democracy, and the state): 2
describe key ideas in non-western traditions in social and political theory: 1,2

Study hours

10 x 1 hour lectures
10 x 1 hour tutorials
35 hours tutorial preparation
40 hours independent study
55 hours assessment preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 50%
Students are required to write a 1500 word essay on a key issue in social and political theory from a list of questions set out by the module leader, which align with topics covered on the module.

2: Exam weighted 50%
Students answer two questions from a choice of eight questions set out on the exam paper. Questions will align with topics considered on the module.