The MA in Political Theory offers a critical survey of modern political theories: empirical and normative. Students can choose various options which include: human rights and political theory, ideology and political discourse.
Modules and Options
The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.
BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES
COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF CENTRAL EUROPE
COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Compulsory: CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY
CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF JUSTICE
Core: DISSERTATION - MA SCHEMES
Core: POLITICAL THEORY
Core: RESEARCH SEMINAR IN POLITICAL THEORY AND METHODS
DEMOCRACY BEYOND THE NATION STATE? THE CASE OF EUROPE
DEMOCRACY, CITIZENSHIP AND CONSTITUTIONS
GLOBAL AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS
GLOBALISATION AND WORLD POLITICS: APPROACHES, ORIGINS, TRENDS
HUMAN RIGHTS AND POLITICAL THEORY
HUMAN RIGHTS IN POST-COMMUNIST DEMOCRACIES
IDEOLOGY AND POLITICAL DISCOURSE
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS
INTERNATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES
POLITICAL PRINCIPLES, HUMAN RIGHTS AND PUBLIC POLICY
POLITICS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
RATIONAL CHOICE THEORIES OF POLITICS
RULE AND RESISTANCE: POLITICAL THEMES IN LITERATURE AND FILM
THE ANALYSIS OF PUBLIC OPINION
THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Teaching and Assessment Methods
A: Knowledge and Understanding
A1 : Advanced knowledge of different modes of explanation and theoretical perspectives in political science and political theory at an appropriate level.
A2 : Understanding of the main quantitative methods used in political analysis.
A3 : Critical awareness of the use of evidence in political science.
A4 : Knowledge of the main research findings, and main developments and debates in one or more sub-disciplinary or area-oriented fields.
A5 : Systematic knowledge of the relevant sources of information.
A6 : Systematic knowledge of different modes of explanation and theoretical styles in contemporary political theory.
A7 : Understanding of the main qualitative methods used in political theory and analysis.
A8 : Systematic knowledge of philosophical foundations of social science.
A1-8 Lectures, participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, writing essays and dissertation, oral and written feedback on essays.
A1 specifically in GV958 Contemporary Political Theory.
A2 specifically in GV900 Political Explanation.
A3 specifically in GV900, GV909, GV958 and in supervision of individual dissertations.
A4 specifically in options chosen in consultation with Scheme Director.
A6 specifically in GV908 Political Theory.
A7 and A8 specifically in GV909 Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods.
Taught modules assessed 50/50 by continuous assessment through written assignments and essays, and three-hour closed examinations at end of the modules.
The Research Seminar (GV909) and core Political Theory module (GV908) are assessed 100% by continuous assessment through written essays.
B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
B1 : To question received thinking.
B2 : To develop independent thinking.
B3 : To muster evidence.
B4 : To evaluate and analyse evidence.
B5 : To reason critically.
B6 : To argue coherently and concisely.
B7 : To communicate ideas effectively in writing.
B8 : To carry out independent research.
B1-7. Participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, individual guidance on researching and writing essays, oral and written feedback on essays, individual interviews and group sessions with Study Skills Officer
B4 especially in GV900 Political Explanation and GV909 Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods.
B1-7. Written assignments, essays, dissertation, and written examinations.
C: Practical Skills
C1 : Organize and structure an extended argument.
C2 : Use concepts correctly.
C3 : Compile systematic bibliographies.
C4 : Provide references according to accepted conventions.
C5 : Use libraries and IT to access information and scholarly resources.
C6 : Sift and synthesize complex information.
C1-6. Participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, individual guidance for essays, individual supervision of dissertations, oral and written feedback on class presentations and essays.
C5 specifically in induction sessions for library use.
C1-6. Written assignments and essays, closed examinations, supervised dissertation.
C1 especially in dissertation.
C2 essays, examinations, and dissertation.
C3-6 specifically in essays and dissertation.
D: Key Skills
D1 : Clear, focused, relevant and effective expression and communication.
D2 : Access and organise information from a variety of electronic sources.
D3 : Students will acquire advanced knowledge and understanding of the development of economic integration in Europe.
D4 : To manage projects and timetables. To find, understand and organise information. To work with ideas.
D5 : Students will acquire advanced knowledge and understanding of the development of economic integration in Europe.
D6 : Positive response to feedback and criticism.
D1-5. Participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, written assignments and essays, dissertation.
D4 specifically in scheduling and balancing requirements for four courses taught in parallel.
D6 specifically in individual guidance on essays, oral and written feedback on essays.
D1-4. Written assignments and essays, examinations, dissertation.
D6 classroom presentations, written assignments and essays.