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  • Entry requirements
    The aim of the MALSO is to provide a unique insight into theory, practice, empirical research and sources in the field of parliamentary studies. It also aims to bring together different parliamentary experiences and perspectives from around the world. It looks into the characteristics of parliaments and the role they play in their political systems, giving particular attention to the specific case of the British Houses of Parliament. It also encourages students to reflect on the practice of their parliaments and to envisage ways of improving parliamentary practice.
  • Academic Title
    MA in Political Philosophy
  • Course description
    This well-established degree provides students with the
    opportunity to achieve a broad and balanced knowledge
    of the key areas of modern western political philosophy, at
    the same time as allowing students to develop their own
    specialisms through a choice of options. Throughout, the
    course provides research training in political philosophy as
    a grounding for doctoral and other research in the field.
    The degree may be taken full-time (one year) or part-time
    (two years).

    By the end of the degree:

    • students should have acquired skill in analysing
    abstract ideas partly through familiarisation with
    them on subject-specific options, partly through a
    more general methodological module, and partly
    through participation in workshops.
    • students with a research career in mind should have
    acquired a solid foundation for proceeding to the
    PhD in the area of political philosophy

    Programme structure

    Core

    Philosophy of Social and Political Science (Semester one)
    The aim of this module is to familiarise students with a
    range of key theoretical and methodological issues that
    arise in the study of politics and in the social sciences more
    generally.The course is especially concerned to explore the
    notion of value neutrality and perspectivalism, analytical
    individualism versus analytical holism, and postmodernism.

    Graduate Research Colloquia (Semester one)
    This module aims to provide give students experience of
    formal academic debate. Both internal and external
    speakers present papers on topics relevant to modern
    and contemporary political thought. Moreover each
    student is required either to present a short paper for
    discussion or to introduce a discussion of a work of
    political philosophy.

    Postmodern Political Theory (Semester two)

    The aim of this module is to survey the contemporary
    debates about postmodernism with a view to determining
    whether it provides a deeper understanding of human
    knowledge and a more genuinely inclusive concept of
    liberation as its defenders maintain, or merely a cynical and
    destructive form of total relativism as its critics hold.
    Particular emphasis is laid on the interpretation of social
    and political life offered by postmodern thinkers.

    Options

    In semester one, students must choose a module to a
    total value of 20 credits from a list that may include:

    • Foundations of Liberal Democracy I: Hobbes and

    Constant

    • Hegel and Marx: Selected Text
    • Globalisation and Governance in Theory
    • International Relations Theory I - Classical and
    Post-classical Approaches
    • Applied Philosophy: Moral Theories
    • Philosophical Theology

    In semester two, students must choose modules to a value
    of 40 credits from a list that may include:

    • Foundations of Liberal Democracy II - J S Mill and Marx
    • Political Theory of Multiculturalism - Citizenship
    • Democratic Values and International Law
    • International Relations Theory II - Practical
    Applications and Case Studies
    • Applied Philosophy: Ethics and Practice
    • Christian Social Ethics

    Period Three
    15,000 word dissertation on a topic approved by the
    course co-ordinator.

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